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The 2023 5G Challenge Event is now accepting applications!

NTIA/ITS is proud to announce the launch of the 2023 5G Challenge! The two-year challenge is being hosted by NTIA's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Under Secretary for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). This year's challenge builds upon the success of the 2022 Event to further accelerate the adoption of:

Open Honeycomb
  • Open interfaces
  • Interoperable subsystems
  • Secure networks
  • Modular, multi-vendor solutions

This 2023 5G Challenge is offering a $7,000,000 prize pool for participants who successfully showcase the best ability to integrate with other participants to establish end-to-end (E2E) sessions and demonstrate mobility. The 2023 5G Challenge consists of multiple stages during which contestants are evaluated and are prizes awarded.

Learn more about the 2023 5G Challenge's multiple stages during which contestants are evaluated and prizes are awarded.

Have questions? Interested in participating? Join our Informational Webinar.

Attend the 2023 5G Challenge virtual webinar on February 9th at 9:00 am MT.

RSVP for the webinar

The 2023 5G Challenge will be accepting the following types of subsystems from qualified participants:

Best CU plus DU graphic
RU 2


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How to Enter

All applications to enter the 2023 5G Challenge must be submitted via email to Submissions are due by 7:00 p.m. EST on March 1, 2023.


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2022 Event

The 2022 Event, titled "5G Challenge 2022 Event: RAN Subsystem Interoperability," was the first of two 5G Challenge competitions. In this first-year event, NTIA/ITS offered a $3,000,000 prize purse to contestants who successfully integrated open RAN 5G hardware and/or software solutions.

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