The Research Triangle Park

The future of great ideas

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Wireless Telecommunications

The wireless telecommunications industry brings in annual revenues of $190 billion in the U.S. alone. Over the past 10 years, overall market penetration has ballooned from 34 percent to 93 percent in 2010.

RTP has an established core of companies based in the foundation R&D for the industry, including Cisco, IBM, NetApp and Ericsson. The sector is growing rapidly in the Triangle with smart phone maker HTC recently locating to the Triangle region, as did BlackBerry maker Research In Motion and GPS device manufacturer Garmin. With a base of rich-talent, RTP is poised to be a nexus of the industry in the coming decade.


Industry Resources

Organizations providing the leadership, initiatives and support to help grow wireless and mobile technologies in the Triangle

The Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, better known as MCNC, is a 30-year-old organization using advanced networking to improve learning and collaboration throughout the state’s education systems. In 2009, MCNC teamed up with the state and private sector to connect all of the state’s 115 public school districts to a statewide regional optical network.

North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
The NCTA connects business and technology leaders to opportunities for continuing education, networking and other professional tools to develop the state’s knowledge workforce. The group also works to advance public support to grow North Carolina’s tech industries. In recent years, the group’s efforts have won tax credits for emerging companies, increases in government funding for educational technology and funding for defense and security technology initiatives throughout the state.

North Carolina’s Integrated Information Network (NCIIN)
NCIIN is a project established to help wire the state with access to networks capable of transmitting data, text, images, voice, and video to provide more affordable service for government, educational and medical benefit. The state is piloting broadband services as part of the NCIIN. In this project, North Carolina will provide state customers with an ATM/SONET broadband pipeline for high-speed data, voice, and video. By using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) technology, customers will have the N.C. Information Highway broadband capacity for efficient teleconferencing, high-speed data access, distance learning, and multimedia applications, paying only for the bandwidth they use.

North Carolina Information Highway
The N.C. Information Highway is the first statewide digital Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) broadband network, one that simultaneously transmits computer data, graphics, images and voice communications. NCIH has linked schools, businesses, medical centers, research centers and governments in multiple cities, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and RTP.

Small Business & Technology Development Center
The center has helped more than 10,000 small businesses access resources such as financial assistance, financial analysis, management advice and marketing assistance to improve performance and increase revenues.


Workforce & Education

The Research Triangle Park region is home to a number of world-class universities producing high-demand technical skills.

Duke University

Center for Advanced Computing and Communication (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Founded more than 25 years ago, the Center for Advanced Computing and Communication is working to create concepts, methods and tools for use in the analysis, design and implementation of advanced computer and communication systems. Current industrial sponsors of the program include Cisco, IBM, Nortel Networks, Lucent Technologies, the National Science Foundation, the Naval Surface Warfare Center and the federal National Security Agency.

N.C. State University

Electronic Research Lab
The Electronic Research Lab is well equipped for RF and Microwave measurement, characterization and prototyping. It is one of the top four academic laboratories in the world for RF measurements with good coverage up to 110GHz and beyond.

Institute for Next Generation IT Systems (ITng)
ITng Research is a membership-based industry and university cooperative research center co-located on the campuses of both Duke and N.C. State universities. The mission of ITng is to carry out basic and applied research on fundamental problems with both industrial and academic relevance, to transfer these results to its members, and to provide students with a unique and challenging educational opportunities.

Wake Technical Community College
Wake Technical Community College now offers courses in mobile phone application development.

Funding & Incentives

Southern Capitol Ventures
Raleigh-based Southern Capitol Ventures provides capital and strategic guidance to technology companies specializing in software, e-commerce, digital media, mobile and healthcare information technology.

Read more on funding and incentives available to RTP-based companies.