Georgia Power, AT&T test deliver high-speed internet guided by power cables

Published on December 15, 2017 by Kevin Randolph

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Georgia Power announced Wednesday that it is working with AT&T to test new technology designed to deliver internet speeds faster than one gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal guided by power lines.

If the initiative, called Project AirGig, is successful, AT&T will not have to build new towers or bury new cables in locations close to aerial power lines. Instead, the company would work with local utilities to install devices that trained electrical workers could affix to power lines.

“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,” Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, said. “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.”

AirGig technology is the result of more than a decade of research by AT&T Labs and more than 300 patents and patent applications.