AT&T has been in talks with various tech distributors to begin testing and building AirGig gear.

Project AirGig is AT&T’s enterprise that employs power lines to deliver fast Internet. AirGig signals travel not through power lines, but around and near them, and can be used anywhere, both urban and rural.

While AT&T doesn’t have set plans for the foreseeable future regarding commercial deployment, there have been looking to expanding field trials with their suppliers over the next year.

Even though the idea of broadband over power lines has been around for quite some time, AirGig is AT&T’s brand. AT&T Labs created plastic attenaes at minimal cost, a radio conveyed antenna framework, surface wave launchers, and inductive power gadgets to make everything work, and the organization has connected for over 500 patents for AirGig.

The company began trials with Georgia Power last year, and now investigating another trial, centering around parts of surface-wave systems, which could have a major place as the world becomes more on par with 5G. AT&T figures Project AirGig and 5G have many commonalities, and it intends to test 5G combined with AirGig in the future

Trials so far have been hopeful, as indicated by the telco. Amid the trial with Georgia Power, which utilized both millimeter wave and LTE spectrum, they delivered fixed wireless to many homes.

They didn’t detect any corruption of the millimeter wave signals amid rain or other inclement weather—something that haunted prior millimeter wave spectrum arrangements—and the system could deliver several megabits for each second to multiple rural parts of the state. Such speeds could, in the end, achieve the gigabit extended to commercial settings, according to AT&T.

Concerning usability, AT&T said trial members had access to self-installing receiver equipment that enabled them to get to fast Internet in 10 minutes.

Utilities could utilize AirGig innovation to improve their particular offerings.

“The potential ability to also use this technology to supplement our own energy operations and controls, such as with remote weather monitoring systems, is exciting,” said Georgia Power’s CEO Paul Bowers in an email. “We can see something like AirGig delivering tremendous benefits in helping to solve for the digital divide in Georgia.”