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. This project aims to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center to improve network performance, interoperability, and security. It will also focus on developing new testing methods.
The ACCoRD project is led by a consortium of industry and academic organizations, including AT&T and Verizon. This is the fourth and final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund. The program is part of a 10-year, $1.5 billion initiative aimed at supporting efforts to develop open and interoperable networks.
According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, the program will help America 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 improving network compatibility and commercialization for open RAN deployments.