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, which aims to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center that focuses on network performance, interoperability, and security, will be led by a group of industry and academic organizations including AT&T and Verizon.
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 final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund, which 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, this program 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 goals.