April 17, 2021
Commitment to expanded Open RAN research and development folded into final defense bill
Congress is committing to invest in development of Open Radio Access Network technologies, seen as a potential key to securing 5G networks, in the final version of a major defense policy bill.
The fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, to be voted on today in the House and later this week in the Senate, establishes a ‘‘Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund” dedicated to Open RAN and overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
“The Open RAN Policy Coalition...