AT&T’s New Tech
Will Deliver Internet Via Power Lines

The Dallas-based company will test its new patented technology beginning in 2017.

AT&T Fibre Optic

Dallas-based AT&T plans to start field tests in 2017 of its new technology which aims to bring high-speed wireless internet via power lines.

Project AirGig will “bounce” internet on existing power lines rather than through them, according to D CEO.

The technology culminates almost a decade of work. The company has more than 100 patents and applications surrounding AirGig. 

“We can actually deliver in gigabit range, and that’s why we believe it’s such a game changer.” 

John Donovan

It’s not the first time broadband-over-power-line technologies have existed, but John Donovan, AT&T’s chief strategy officer and president of technology and operations, said AirGig is not the same as previous offerings.

“Broadband over power lines was using the conductor itself,” Donovan told D CEO. “All the steps down and steps up going around transformers made it not that cost-effective. More importantly they couldn’t get the speeds out of that technology.

“We can actually deliver in gigabit range, and that’s why we believe it’s such a game changer.”

The company hasn’t released which cities will serve as testing grounds for the new technology.


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