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, which is being overseen by a consortium of industry and academic organizations, led by 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 ACCoRD project is the 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. With this award, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million towards unlocking new opportunities for America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and drive down costs.
The R&D center will be built in the Dallas Technology Corridor with a satellite facility established in Washington D.C. The ACCoRD project will play an important role in advancing wireless technology innovation in these regions.