AT&T® Chose Georgia for the Second Trial of Project AirGig

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AT&T® recently chose Georgia for trialing ‘Project AirGig’ an exclusive technology that would deploy best internet service with 1 Gbps speed via ‘mmWave’ signal over utility poles. The Telco began the trial earlier this year with an electricity provider outside the United States and now trials the technology in a rural location in Georgia alongside Georgia Power headquartered in the state. AirGig is yet to become fully commercial. The technology heralds a future of internet access with ‘turbocharged speeds’ virtually anywhere in the world.

“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, the President of AT&T® Labs cum Chief Technology Officer in a press release. “But it also stands alone as a radically innovative solution to bridge the global digital divide,” he added.

Andre Fuetsch is the head of ‘Project AirGig’ by AT&T® Labs. The technological project from the Telco has been on the waiting for 10 years although the news is coming when legislators in Georgia are trying to close the connectivity gap with high-speed internet access in rural areas especially.

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“Georgia Power continuously utilizes technology research and collaborates with companies like AT&T® in order to introduce new products and services that help meet the changing needs of our customers,” said Paul Bowers, the Chairman, President, cum Chief Executive Officer of Georgia Power. “Expanding access to high speed internet is an important initiative that provides value for our all of our customers and helps us remain a competitive state in which to do business,” he added.

AT&T® also said they are yet to decide when to deploy the technology commercially. Although this concept of routing internet without fiber cable and over power lines is not new, AT&T® assures that the project would be able to tackle past hurdles.

“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 trials,” said Bill Leahy, President of AT&T® Georgia. “Governor Deal and legislative leadership have worked hard to create an environment that welcomes private investment and innovation, and the significant decision to conduct our national AirGig trial in Georgia is evidence of that. We appreciate our collaboration with Georgia Power and look forward to yet another way to deliver gigabit internet connections to consumers.”

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