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FCC Announces 2 New Innovation Zones to Advance Open RAN, 5G Tech Research Efforts

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The Federal Communications Commission has designated new innovation zones near Northeastern University in Boston and North Carolina State University in Raleigh to enable qualified licensees to conduct research and test Open Radio Access Network, 5G technologies and other advanced wireless network and communications platforms.

The Northeastern University Innovation Zone will further support the research community by transitioning the Colosseum network emulator of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to a shared platform, FCC said Thursday.

The North Carolina State University Innovation Zone will accommodate the Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless, which will address new use cases involving unmanned aerial systems and wireless communications.

FCC already has two innovation zones in New York City and Salt Lake City. The commission also announced the expansion of the New York City Innovation Zone or COSMOS with the addition of three Columbia University and City College of New York campus areas. The COSMOS zone will focus on low-latency and ultra-high-bandwidth wireless communications with tightly coupled edge computing. 

The Salt Lake City Innovation Zone, also dubbed as POWDER, serves as a corridor linking several campus areas of the University of Utah.

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research project office funded by the National Science Foundation oversees the innovation zones established by the commission. The designation will run for five years.

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