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AT&T Announces Project AirGig For Wireless Gigabit Home Internet

Beautiful fashion girl learning on line with a tablet and headphones sitting on a bench in the streetYesterday AT&T announced their new Project AirGig with plans to offer 1 Gigabit per second home internet wirelessly.

AirGig uses existing power poles to place wireless towers without the need to build new towers. According to AT&T this will allow AirGig service can be rolled out far faster than other high speed internet service “Using AirGig patented technology, we would install devices to provide high speed broadband which can be clamped on by trained electrical workers in just a few minutes.”

“Project AirGig is part of our ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more through both wired and wireless solutions,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer. “But it also stands alone as a radically innovative solution to bridge the global digital divide. If these trials and our continued research and development turn out the way we intend, we’ll take a big step toward bringing hyper-fast connectivity to people everywhere.”

Right now AirGig is still in testings with plans to launch a test market in Georgia.

“In October, for a remarkable fifth time in a row, Georgia was named the best state in the nation in which to do business, highlighting an environment that helps ensure companies continue to invest and innovate in our great state. AT&T’s decision to trial Project AirGig in Georgia with Georgia Power is a tribute to that,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Project AirGig offers transformational possibilities to bring gigabit internet connections to residents and businesses everywhere. It’s exciting that the first trial in the nation is being conducted in Georgia, with AT&T’s innovation helping keep us at the forefront of the technology sector.”

Well this test may be in rural parts of Georgia AT&T says the technology can be used in major cities to rural America.

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6 Responses to AT&T Announces Project AirGig For Wireless Gigabit Home Internet

  1. John Brewton December 14, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    How is this different than 5G internet?

    • Kevin Bishop December 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

      5g is a set of rules and requirements. This may meet those set of requirements or it may not. We will have to see what the specs are after deployment.

  2. SpideyRules December 14, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    If they could push PoE this way too, they’d be able to remove some monopolies…

  3. Sin Dong December 14, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    5g is superior.

    • John Brewton December 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

      In what way? Speed? Reliability? Cost?

  4. CordCutting2017 December 15, 2017 at 6:01 am #

    As part of Project AirGig, AT&T Labs invented low-cost plastic antennas and devices located along the power line to regenerate millimeter wave (mmWave) signals that can be used for 4G LTE and 5G multi-gigabit mobile and fixed deployments.

    http://about.att.com/newsroom/att_to_test_delivering_multi_gigabit_wireless_internet_speeds_using_power_lines.html

    http://about.att.com/allpostpage.html

    Looking at the 4 photos of different applications though it seems more like a small microwave point-2-point setup. The P2P side of it would be the “wifi extender” sort of device between poles and then they would be able to push the mmWave out of an antenna from there.

    It just seems like a way for them to be able to setup a mesh network of antennas to bounce signals around towns. Not sure what the use of the power line is for other than right of way that exists already. As noted they’re able to use the sites for a variety of signals either 5G or even in a more like the municipal broadband option if they wanted to offer some sort of wifi for the city type of offering.