The Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund has awarded $42.3 million to the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments project. This project, led by AT&T and Verizon, is a consortium of industry and academic organizations that aims to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center in the Dallas Technology Corridor.
The goal of the ACCoRD project is to test network performance, interoperability, and security while also developing new testing methods. This funding is the final award under the initial notice of funding opportunity for the Innovation Fund, which is part of a 10-year, $1.5 billion program aimed at financing efforts to develop open and interoperable networks.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stated that this program will support efforts to unlock new opportunities for America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and drive down costs. With the inclusion of this project award, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million.