DISCUS Launch

15 January 2013

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Head of CTVR, Professor Linda Doyle;  TCD Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast; Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte; CTVR lead academic of the project, Dr Marco Ruffini.

Minister Rabbitte Announces €8.1 Million EU Funding For Telecommunications Project That Will Revolutionise Broadband Provision In Ireland And Europe.

On Wednesday, 9th January, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, launched ‘DISCUS’, the pan-European research project coordinated by CTVR. The project was awarded funding under the European Union Seventh Framework Programme.

Announcing the EU funding award, Minister Rabbitte said: “Strengthening Europe’s digital economy by advancing areas such as a high speed broadband rollout is a priority for the Irish Presidency of the EU. This pan European telecommunications project led by our own researchers here at CTVR at Trinity will provide concrete results for the benefit of both Ireland and Europe and demonstrates the critical links between research and enterprise that lead ultimately to jobs creation.”

Welcoming this announcement, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “Leading such a top-tier international consortium is an endorsement of the strong international academic reputation that CTVR has earned and raises the profiles of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin as leaders in research and development of future broadband infrastructure. It is also a demonstration of the value to Ireland of continued investment in high quality research.”

‘DISCUS’ coordinators, Dr Marco Ruffini of Computer Science and Professor David Payne of Electronic Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, said: ”the project brings together a pan European team of world class expertise to achieve what will be a revolutionary change to the way future networks are built and operated, to deliver unprecedented service capability and customer experience.”

The ‘DISCUS’ consortium partners are Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Alcatel Lucent (Germany), Nokia Siemens Networks (Germany), Telefonica Investigacion Y Desarrollo (Spain), Telecom Italia (Italy), Aston University (UK), Interuniversitair micro-electronica centrum (Belgium), III-V lab (France), Tyndall & University College Cork (Ireland), Polatis (UK), Atesio (Germany) and Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden).

Total investment in this project is €11.7M, of which €8.1 million has been contributed by the EU and the remainder is provided by the partners involved.

Please inspect DISCUS website here http://www.discus-fp7.eu/

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