The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has recently awarded $42.3 million in funding for the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments project. This project, led by a consortium of industry and academic organizations including AT&T and Verizon, aims to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center that will focus on network performance, interoperability, and security.
In addition to developing new testing methods, the center will also work to accelerate the commercialization of open radio access networks (RANs) by streamlining deployment processes and improving compatibility between different vendors’ equipment. The R&D center will be built in the Dallas Technology Corridor with a satellite facility established in the Washington, D.C. area.
This ACCoRD project is the fourth and final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund. This fund is part of a 10-year, $1.5 billion program aimed at financing efforts to develop open and interoperable networks. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stated that the program will support efforts to unlock new opportunities for America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and drive down costs. With this latest award, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million towards its goal of promoting competition in wireless infrastructure deployment through innovation