The second biggest mobile carrier network in the United States AT&T has begun trials in the state of Georgia and another non-U.S. location as they aim to deliver high-speed internet over power lines. This information was revealed by the company on Wednesday, an indication that the company is pushing to offer faster broadband service to more customers
The company revealed that it is planning to deliver faster internet speed than the 1 gigabit per second consumers currently have access to via fibre internet service with the use of high-frequency airwaves. The airwaves are designed to travel along power lines. The company in their statement said that although the initial trial in Georgia is in a rural area, the services would in time be deployed to the suburbs and cities.
Marachel Knight, AT&T’s senior vice president of wireless network architecture and design during an interview stated that “We think this product is eventually one that could serve anywhere near a power line.” She further added that the company picked an international test location due to the market opportunity that could extend for the technology beyond the States.
AT&T in its statement added that it hasn’t set a date yet for the commercial deployment of the technology, though they would expand trials as they develop it further.
Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics while commenting on the latest development stated that “Potentially, it can be a really big deal. You need the power company to play ball with you. That’s the downside.”
The two largest wireless carriers in the country AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc. have both been testing 5G internet services, a technology that will see the last section of the connection delivered through a radio signal to homes with the use of high-frequency airwaves known as millimetre wave spectrum
Unlike AT&T which doesn’t have a commercial deployment date yet, its rival Verizon has announced that it would launch the faster broadband service in three to five U.S. markets in 2018, a move that was described as unrealistic by the CEO of another rival T-Mobile.