The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced the allocation of $42.3 million for the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments (ACCoRD) project. Led by industry and academic organizations, including AT&T and Verizon, the project aims to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center that will focus on network performance, interoperability, and security. The center will also work on developing new testing methods.
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. With a budget of $1.5 billion over 10 years, this program is focused on financing efforts to develop open and interoperable networks that will allow America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and reduce costs. According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, this fund aims to support initiatives that will enable American companies to compete globally in areas such as 5G technology development and deployment.