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CONNECT’s Marco Ruffini partners in €3.6 million DTIF win

CONNECT’s Prof Marco Ruffini at Trinity College Dublin is part of a successful project, FreeSpace, which has just receive €3.6 million from the government’s Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund. 

The FreeSpace project will revolutionize wireless connectivity with ultra-high capacity wireless laser communication technology that delivers an unprecedented combination of bandwidth, availability and distance without the need for spectrum licensing. The FreeSpace project is a collaboration between Bryonics Ltd; Pilot Photonics Ltd; OEWaves Global Ltd; Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD announced €65 million for a variety of projects as part of the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund. 


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