The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has awarded $42.3 million in funding for the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments project, which is the fourth and final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund. This program is part of a 10-year, $1.5 billion effort aimed at financing efforts to develop open and interoperable networks that will support new opportunities for America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and drive down costs.
The ACCoRD project will be led by a consortium of industry and academic organizations, with AT&T and Verizon serving as co-leaders. The goal of the project is to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center that will focus on testing network performance, interoperability, and security. The R&D center will be built in the Dallas Technology Corridor, with a satellite facility to be established in the Washington, D.C. area.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stated that this program will support efforts to unlock new opportunities for America to lead in the global telecommunications market by developing open and interoperable networks that can provide better connectivity at lower costs than traditional networks. She also emphasized the importance of strengthening supply chains through innovation in this field and driving down costs for consumers while supporting American businesses’ competitiveness on a global stage. With the inclusion of this award, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million towards this goal.