Project AirGig: AT&T to Relay Internet Data along Power Lines

Project AirGig from AT&T to use power lines for internet data transmission. Credit AT&T
Project AirGig from AT&T to use power lines for internet data transmission. Credit AT&T

Trenching for telecommunication is by no means an easy fate. It’s a costly and time-consuming affair that longs for a suitable alternative. AT&T through its flagship AirGig project promises to make you forget the ordeal of crawling and walking in the fiber optics cables trenches.

AT&T has chosen to pilot the AirGig Project among the rural and suburban areas. In principle, Project AirGig aims to relay data via radio frequency capitalizing on existing infrastructure by mounting antennas on power lines.

Hyper-fast Connectivity for Remote Areas

“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,” said Bill Leahy president of AT&T Georgia.

So far two trials are currently underway: one being conducted in remote Georgia in partnership with Georgia Power. Georgia emerged as the best state in the nation in terms of conducive environment and will now become the first region to enjoy the AT&T innovation.

The other location for the trial is beyond the borders of U.S. That is the closest of a hint that AT&T shared in reference to the undisclosed location. When fully integrated, the technology will benefit those in rural, suburban and urban places. Furthermore, the network providers hinted plans to achieve internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

The announcement also comes on the onset of a repeal of the net neutrality by Federal Communication Commission and its chairman Aji Pait’s claim on minimizing some of the internet restrictions.

However, it’s unclear as to how much the customers will have to part with to enjoy the internet services and the exact time when the services will be available commercially.

A Cut Edge Technology in Broadband Transmission

AirGig Project was initiated back last year September with the latest development being viewed as a move by AT&T Company to be ahead of the pack at providing ultra-fast internet services.

Well, AT&T spelled out that the technology will encompass the fixation of plastic antennas on power lines that will be used to transmit data to people. This simply means that households connected to the power grid can access this fast connectivity without the extra burden of cost associated with digging and laying optical data cables.

“The project stands alone as a radically innovative solution to bridge the global digital divide,” that’s according to Andre Fuestch- President inclined towards improving the livelihood of the rural fork as they will have an opportunity to thrive on hyper-fast connectivity.

CEO John Donovan commented that they will soon be making it public of like-minded partnering companies that project AirGig will be collaborating with. The company attributes a slight delay of the pronouncement to issues that touch on the conclusion of design works, signing of contracts and construction of trial gadgets.

Some analysts also speculate that AT&T Company is leaping forward to tap on the anticipated 5G network that is trying to find its footing. If this is the case then the power antennas will come in handy to achieving the goal.

Cause for Optimism

Despite the buzz going around AT&T announcement, it goes without saying that there are a lot of positives to write home about with regards to Project AirGig that has been on trial for the past 10 years. Currently, AirGig technology has over 300 patents and related applications. If the project succeeds beyond the trials, then it’ll give a leeway for a fascinating data transmission mode.

The service provider goes ahead to assure that the program will be rolled out once done with the testing phase to ensure it works as planned.

A Unique Technology but Not the Only One

It’s worth mentioning that project AirGig joins competitive spectra littered with who is who in terms of broadband technological know-how. Cases in point are Google Fiber (digging their cables on the ground), internet satellites by Space X and Facebook’s aerial drones. This reflects the diversity of ultra-speed systems launched hence the need to deliver superb services to satisfy the insatiable appetite for internet services.

After all is said and done, it remains to be seen on how far AT&T intends to push Project AirGig and how it transforms the lives of those residing in rural and suburban areas.

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