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Centre for Future Networks and Communications (CONNECT)

CONNECT is the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. Its mission is to research and develop innovative solutions for the communications challenges facing society today. The Internet of Things, 5G networks and new broadband architectures are the Centre’s main areas of focus.

Over 250 CONNECT researchers across 10 Higher Education Institutes are supported by €50 million of funding from the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme, the European Regional Development Fund and industry partners.

Current networks are proving a roadblock to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. We all want faster and richer data but networks are currently overwhelmed by this traffic. CONNECT is developing networks that automatically respond to the needs of the services that run on them.

Research Areas

CONNECT researches future networks, Internet of Things, 5G and beyond from the following network perspectives:

  • Converged
  • Dense
  • Low Energy
  • Moving
  • Nano
  • Shared

CONNECT researchers have vast expertise in test and experimentation in these areas.

Research programmes

CONNECT’s 250 researchers tackle issues of particular interest to industry. Their work includes the development of:

  • Energy-efficient, ultra-low power smart sensors 
  • Programmable network substrates for multi-stakeholder ecosystems 
  • Extreme-sharing systems for Cloud-RAN architectures 
  • Network-aware, reconfigurable, multiband/multimode transceiver architectures 
  • Quality-of-experience management for sparse, bursty data networks

Academic partners

Industry and Commercialisation

CONNECT works with a wide range of industry partners on targeted projects in the areas of Internet of Things, future cellular (5G and beyond), next-generation broadband, software-defined networks and cloud-based services. CONNECT’s expert researchers are dedicated to delivering outstanding results at the pace and standard demanded by industry.

Industry partners include:

 Aeronet Global Ericsson  Nonlinear Systems  SensL
Ampleon  ESB  Nokia  Simulity 
Analog Devices  Google  ON Semiconductor  Skyware 
Arris  Huawei  Rambus  Synopsys 
Benetel  IBM  Real Wireless  Taoglas 
CISCO  Intel  Rivada Networks  UTRC 
Dublin City Council  Locatible  Rohde & Schwartz  VerX 
EMC  MA-COM  S3  Xilinx 


  • Pervasive Nation – Ireland’s Internet of Things testbed using a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). 
  • Ireland’s largest public data centre at TSSG, based in Waterford
  • Indoor/outdoor wireless testbeds for cellular, Cloud-RAN and SDR
  • RadioSpace - a national facility for the development and testing of new radio technologies for the Internet of Things and 5G.

 Education and Public Engagement

CONNECT has a strong commitment to education and public engagement. A key focus of this outreach is ‘STEAM’ - using the Arts and creative practices in the traditional formula of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. CONNECT researchers also engage with the public at events such as the National Ploughing Championships, Inspirefest, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and also with visits to schools.

Key Contacts

Prof Linda Doyle - Centre Director

Dr Frank Smyth - Executive Director

Prof Cormac Sreenan - Deputy Director

Dr Alan Mathewson - Deputy Director

Dr Tim Forde - Director of Research Innovation

Mark Cooney - Industry Programme Manager

Martin Johnsson - Industry Programme Manager

Dr Raquel Harper - International Funding Manager

Dr Andrew O’Connell - Communications, Education and Outreach Manager


Dunlop Oriel House
34 Westland Row
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

+ 353 1 8968441

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