DALLAS (WCMH) — AT&T announced Tuesday a project the company says has the potential to deliver low cost multi-gigabit wireless internet over power lines.
The company is calling the technology ‘Project Airgig,’ and they say it has the potential to deliver internet connectivity to urban, rural and under-served parts of the world over existing power lines. The technology has reportedly performed well in AT&T Labs tests and will soon be rolled out for trials in some cities and countries. The specific locations for the test was not announced.
The technology developed by AT&T Labs uses plastic antennas and devices to regenerate millimeter wave signals that can be used for 4G LTE and 5G deployments. No direct electrical connection with the power lines is needed.
Power companies could also benefit from Project Airgig rollouts. The company says it could enable and expand a variety of smart-grid applications. I could also allow for early detection of problems with power lines, down to the segment of affected line.
AT&T says they expect to begin field trials in 2017.