AT&T begins testing intriguing new way of bringing high-speed internet to US and global users



AT&T has announced the launch of two field trials of its AirGig technology. AirGig is a system that can deliver low-cost, multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds using power lines. 

The telecom says that this new approach is much faster and economical than constructing new cell towers or burying fiber-optic cables in the ground, as AirGig works with low-cost plastic antennas and devices that can be installed on a power line by trained operators in just a few minutes. 

Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, has commented on the latest developments:


In theory, AirGig should be able to work anywhere near a power line, meaning that high-speed broadband can quickly become available in many parts of the world, including rural, suburban, and urban areas. That's right, AT&T has ambitions of going global with AirGig, which is why one of the field tests is conducted at an undisclosed international location with the help of a local electrical company (the other one is held at a rural area in Georgia). 

The telecom says that these tests will last for months and hasn't shared a timeline for the commercial deployment of the technology, but the company is "encouraged and excited" by the results so far. 

source: AT&T via Reuters

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4 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1468; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Dude!!! That’s huge. I would leave verizon for this.

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2223; Member since: May 04, 2015

Fantastic development.

3. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

What about areas that have all their power lines buries in the ground? Are they going to start installing these on the tallest house in the neighborhood?

4. Jrod99

Posts: 716; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Now let’s see how this net neutrality goes?

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