The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced that it will be providing $42.3 million in funding for the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments (ACCoRD) project. This project, led by a group 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.
The R&D center will be located in the Dallas Technology Corridor, with a satellite facility planned for the Washington, D.C. area. This funding marks the fourth and final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund. This program, which has a budget of $1.5 billion over 10 years, is focused on financing efforts to develop open and interoperable networks. According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, the fund aims to support efforts that will allow America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and reduce costs.
With the inclusion of the ACCoRD project award, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million in funding towards its goal of developing open and interoperable networks that can support new technologies such as 5G.