AT&T reveals new network technology initiative --- Project AirGig

AT&T reveals new network technology initiative --- Project AirGig

On Tuesday, Dallas-based bigwig US wireless carrier AT&T announced new network technology initiative called Project AirGig. Under the new initiative, AT&T plans to use power lines for delivering "low-cost, multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds."

In announcing the new Project AirGig initiative, AT&T said that it will likely launch the first field trials sometime in 2017.

In its press release related to the Project AirGig initiative, AT&T said that its initiative -- which the company claims is the result of research for one decade and more than 100 patent applications -- aims at delivering high-speed internet around power lines, not through power lines.

With the help of the upcoming Project AirGig network technology initiative, AT&T basically wants to expand the reach of its network to "the last mile," by eliminating the days-long tedious task of burying fiber lines and ripping up roads and sidewalks.

Highlighting the fact that Project AirGig initiative will take advantage of the nearly 200,000 miles of high-voltage power lines and nearly 5.5 million miles of local distribution lines in the US, AT&T's chief strategy officer John Donovan said during a Tuesday conference call: "It's easier to deploy than fiber, and can deliver ultra-fast wireless connectivity."

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