Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has announced a €24m investment for the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTVR).
The funding will support 76 research positions in the CTVR, which specialises in designing wireless and optical networks for the future.
Some €19.5m will be funded by the Government and this will be combined with an industry contribution of almost €4.8m.
Industry partners include Alcatel-Lucent/Bell Labs Ireland, Xilinx Research Labs Ireland, Socowave, Eircom/Meteor, Intune Networks, NXP and MA/Com.
The centre is being funded under the SFI Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology programme for a five-year term to 2016.
“CTVR has been at the forefront of telecommunications network design over the past seven years,” said Sherlock.
“The demands on our communication networks increase daily with a multitude of new services and applications coming on stream at an unprecedented pace.
“The networks of the future must be able to keep apace with these demands and accommodate new and, indeed, as yet undeveloped innovations.”