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 is overseen by a consortium of industry and academic organizations under the leadership of AT&T and Verizon. The goal of the ACCoRD project is to establish a testing, evaluation and research and development center that will work on testing network performance, interoperability and security. The facility will also focus on developing new testing methods.
This R&D center will be built in the Dallas Technology Corridor and will be accompanied by a satellite facility to be established in the Washington, D.C. area. The ACCoRD project funding is the fourth and final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund, a 10-year, $1.5 billion program which will finance efforts to develop open and interoperable networks. According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, this program will support efforts “that will unlock new opportunities for America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen our supply chains and drive down costs.”
The Innovation Fund has already released $140 million, with the inclusion of the ACCoRD project award. This funding is expected to have a significant impact on the development of open and interoperable networks and will support efforts to strengthen the telecommunications market and supply chains.