The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced the fourth and final award of $42.3 million for the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments (ACCoRD) project, which will be overseen by a group of industry and academic organizations led by AT&T and Verizon. This funding is part of the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund, with a budget of $1.5 billion over 10 years, which aims to support efforts to develop open and interoperable networks. The goal of the ACCoRD project is to establish a testing, evaluation, and research and development center that will focus on testing network performance, interoperability, and security. Additionally, the center will 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. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stated that this fund aims to support efforts that will allow America to lead in the global telecommunications market, strengthen supply chains, and reduce costs. With this inclusion of the ACCoRD project award, the Innovation Fund has already released $140 million.