AT&T announced the start of trials of AirGig fixed-wireless broadband over aerial power lines with power company Georgia Power.
Unveiled last year, AT&T hopes AirGig could one day deliver internet speeds well over 1 Gbps via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal guided by power lines.
There are 2 trials in the current phase of the project. The first trial started earlier this fall and is with an electricity provider outside the U.S. The second trial recently kicked off in Georgia with Georgia Power.
While this trial is located in a rural area, AirGig could be deployed in many areas not served by high speed broadband today – rural, suburban, or urban, said the Operator.
While there’s no timeline yet for commercial deployment, AT&T said it is encouraged and excited by what we’ve seen so far. Innovation is never a straight path.