The United States Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), announced today the launch of the 5G Challenge Preliminary Event: RAN Subsystem Interoperability. This competition aims to accelerate the development and adoption of open interfaces, interoperable components, and multi-vendor solutions toward the development of an open 5G ecosystem.

DoD has started significant investments in 5G since it wants to create data-centric weapons systems that are able to communicate with each other. Through this and other related challenges it is trying to create a vendor community that will help DoD build a true plug-and-play environment with 5G.

The contest is will award up to $3 million to participants with hardware or software solutions.

For more information see the DoD press release: Department of Defense and NTIA Launch 5G Challenge to Accelerate Development of Open 5G Ecosystem

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Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada focused on risks of emerging technologies.