techUK is offering a further opportunity for companies to matchmake and find consortium partners at this networking event for the DCMS Future RAN competition (FRANC).
FRANC is an open competition that will allocate up to £30 million of R&D funding to projects that support the goals of the government's 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy. The competition is aimed at helping to incentivise industry to create new products and services to unlock the full potential of Open RAN.
This event will offer tech companies, large and small, and academia to network and identity partners for the competition. Companies can also apply for a two minute pitch. It is open to techUK members and non-members.
About the competition
The Diversification Strategy identified R&D as a barrier to entry for new suppliers. The Government is investing in the UK’s R&D ecosystem and capability in order to underpin the long-term success of the reforms and initiatives set out in the Diversification Strategy. This competition will support the UK’s infrastructure innovation ecosystem to play a leading role transforming the UK telecoms market, and encourage more private sector innovation to help unlock opportunities for UK businesses to play a role in the emerging global supply chain based on open standards.