AT&T has just announced that it has launched its second Project AirGig trial that aims to serve up to Gigabit speed internet through the use of power lines. Rather the internet would be served up by mmWave technology and "guided by" the power lines that it would travel upon, and with the help of special equipment that could be attached to the power line boxes. AT&T's goal with Project AirGig is to be able to one day deliver high-speed internet without the need for erecting new network towers and instead utilize the existing system through which a location's electrical power is already traveling, thus consolidating everything and taking up less space.
The Georgia trial is taking place with Georgia Power, while the first trial in the U.S. is with an out-of-country electrical provider. AT&T's vision for technology like Project AirGig is to bring internet to all sorts of locations that may not currently be serviceable by high-speed internet, whether those locations be rural, suburban, or urban.
AT&T hopes to expand the Project AirGig trials to other locations beyond the two it already has underway, though it hasn't specified any locations in particular just yet which likely means that it's still very much in the planning stages of where to potentially hold the next trial for the technology. AT&T also notes that it's excited by what it has seen so far as a result from the trial areas where it's testing the AirGig internet out. That said there is no timeline that has been established for when AT&T plans to offer something like Project AirGig commercially, so it could still be years away before this hits the market and is an internet option for customers. AT&T is already one of the few companies which is offering gigabit internet, but Gigabit internet is still not available everywhere and that's also part of why AT&T wants to continue developing this technology (which it says is comprised of over 300 patents and includes over a decade of research), so that gigabit internet could be more easily accessible as long as there were power lines in the surrounding area to help deliver the service.