AT&T, Verizon Lead $42.3 Million Funding for Open RAN Deployments in Dallas and Washington D.C.

NTIA Funding Awarded to Industry-Academe Consortium for Creation of Network Technology R&D Center

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 industry and academic organizations including AT&T and Verizon, aims 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 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. The program has a budget of $1.5 billion over 10 years and 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 this award, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million towards its goal of supporting efforts that will drive innovation in wireless networks and create new business opportunities in this growing sector.

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