Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a Portuguese private, non-profit organization, of public interest, a partnership of six universities and two major companies with R&D in Telecommunications: Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal Telecom Inovação, S.A., Nokia Siemens Networks, Universidade da Beira Interior, Universidade do Porto and ISCTE–IUL. IT is an Associate Laboratory of the State.
IT mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in Telecommunications. IT is involved in fundamental and applied research at national and international levels. It fosters higher education and training by hosting graduate and postgraduate students. IT also plays a role towards society with public awareness initiatives, knowledge transfer to industry and consulting services on non-competing basis.
IT research team includes about 200 PhD holders, 200 PhD students and 400 MSc students. Advanced laboratory facilities support applied research, which is carried in the framework of national and international projects in cooperation with peer institutions worldwide. Yearly, IT is involved in more than 170 projects with competitive funding and scientific output exceeds 40 books and book chapters, 250 papers in international scientific peer refereed journals, 450 papers in conferences and more than 10 filed patents.