Fundação CPqD Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações

CPqD is an independent institution whose main objective is to increase Brazil’s competitiveness and further the digital inclusion of the country’s society, based on innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Their extensive R&D program, the largest of its kind in Latin America, has produced ICT solutions for both private and public corporations in the communication and multimedia, financial, utilities, industries, and defense and security sectors.

CPqD knowledge impacts the market in the form of product technologies, software systems, technological/consulting services, and intellectual capital investment in technology-based emerging companies. This creates new job opportunities, increases the competitiveness of customers and partners, encourages digital inclusion and produces wealth for the country. The innovations CPqD has introduced on the Brazilian market have increased business efficiency and across-theboard competitiveness of companies large and small. CPqD was created in 1976 as a Telecom Research and Development Center for Telebras, the then Governmentowned company with monopoly rights over all public telecom services in Brazil. Since its inception, the company has been on the technological forefront, in tune with the future and anticipating the needs of today’s fast-paced and ever-changing society. In 1998, after Telebras was privatized, CPqD became a private-law corporation, broadening the scope of their activities and opening up many potential new markets. Digital and VoIP switches, antennas, digital transmission systems, optical transmission equipment, fiber optics, laser semiconductors, packet switching systems, complex Billing, Business and Operation Support Systems are examples of the technologies developed by CPqD, which, added to their deep knowledge of the Brazilian market as well as all ICT-related cultural, social, economical and historical aspects of the country’s society, have consolidated the institution’s unparalleled innovative potential in this area. The CPqD R&D program is inspired by great structural themes, which concentrate on the needs of people and generate solutions that have a significant impact on the industry. The CPqD knowledge base is structured on technology platforms, characterized by a collection of strategic technological competences, systematically managed in the pursuit of innovation (research, development and market applicability). The technological results generated by projects involving multiple platforms will reach the market by providing software and services, transferring technology to the industry and setting up startups. CPqD has excelled as the strengthening bond between the universities, whose focus is scientific research (and are therefore centered on the generation of knowledge), and the companies, whose focus is innovative products (and are therefore centered on the exploration of knowledge), collaborating to develop and disseminate knowledge (technology) for the industrial sector. Name and Description of the Department(s) contributing to the execution of the Project:

  • DTC - Connectivity Technologies (wireless communications and advanced computing)
  • DSDA - Analytics, Information Security and Cognitive Technologies

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CPqD has licensed its product technologies to several companies that undertake production and commercialization. In addition, new companies have emerged – each with their distinct characteristics and created by direct or indirect CPqD initiatives – to form what is known as the CPqD Universe, working together to disseminate innovative technologies and high value-added products and services. Padtec, Tropico, BrPhotonics, SPAT, ClearTech, Instituto Atlântico, PSG, among others, build up this universe of initiatives and entrepreneurship based on CPqD technologies. CPqD labs currently support R&D activities and provide wide-ranging technological services, with more than 850 accredited tests. These include optical fiber cables and accessories, antennas, switching and terminals, radio systems, electromagnetic compatibility, mechanical characterization, electrical safety, SAR, batteries and colorimetry. 

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