The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced that it will provide $42.3 million in funding for the Accelerating 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 test, evaluation, and research and development center that will focus on network performance, interoperability, and security.
The center will be located in the Dallas Technology Corridor with a satellite facility planned for the Washington, DC area. This funding represents the fourth and final award in the original funding opportunity announcement for the Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Public Fund. Over 10 years, this program has a budget of $1.5 billion and is focused on funding efforts to develop open and interoperable networks. According to US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the fund aims to support efforts that will allow America to lead the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains and reduce costs.
To date, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million.