AT&T continues to run trials for its Project AirGig internet deployment, expanding the project with a test in Georgia and with an international partner.
Project AirGig is a method of delivering internet speeds (over 1 gigabit speeds) over power lines using a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal. The devices for transmission could be installed by electrical workers.
“AT&T has a long-history of connecting people with their world and is proud to be on the cutting-edge of innovation, now with Project AirGig trials,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “Governor Deal and legislative leadership have worked hard to create an environment that welcomes private investment and innovation, and the significant decision to conduct our national AirGig trial in Georgia is evidence of that. We appreciate our collaboration with Georgia Power and look forward to yet another way to deliver gigabit internet connections to consumers.”
The second trial began in the fall and includes an electricity provider from outside the United States.
AT&T also recently extended its service area for wireless internet in South Carolina. The company says that AirGig may be available commercially as soon as 2020.
“Project AirGig is part of our ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more through both wired and wireless solutions,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer. “But it also stands alone as a radically innovative solution to bridge the global digital divide. If these trials and our continued research and development turn out the way we intend, we’ll take a big step toward bringing hyper-fast connectivity to people everywhere.”