Please note: the window for applications has now past.
This competition, funded by the Department of Science, Innovation & Technology, marks the next phase of the UK’s £250m Open Networks Research and Development (R&D) Fund, which itself backs the 5G Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Strategy.
Building on the momentum made by the first phase of the programme and learning from consultation with industry leaders, this latest funding package will look to address three important themes.
First is High Density Demand (HDD). HDD sites represent the most challenging environments for the technical performance of RAN elements and systems. The aim is to develop, demonstrate and test approaches for optimising Open RAN network performance in High Demand Density environments.
Second, Radio Frequency components. From hardware to chipsets to radio tech, the competition looks to ensure that the building blocks for our telecoms ecosystem are secure and diverse.
And the last theme that the Open Networks Ecosystem competition will address is Software. Covering the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), X app and R app, software components in order to make them more efficient and secure.
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology Minister of State Julia Lopez said:
"This groundbreaking R&D competition marks a huge step forwards in our £250 million plan to build the more diverse, resilient and secure digital networks needed to support our economy in the 21st century.
“We're aiming to bring on board world-class talent to boost domestic development of next generation telecoms technology such as Open RAN, and help transform the UK into a tech and science superpower."
Click 'Read more' to find out about the projects already in flight and additional important info about the competition.