Company products will be used in teaching and research activities conducted at the institute’s DWDM optical network laboratory.
Contribute to the scientific and technological training of professionals in the area of optical systems and components for high-speed communication networks. This is the main goal of Padtec – one of the world’s leading optical communications systems – by delivering state-of-the-art equipment to the Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) laboratory of the National Telecommunications Institute (Inatel).
Located on the campus of Santa Rita do Sapucaí (Minas Gerais, Brazil), the laboratory seeks to extend the practical experience of college students in DWDM technology – which allows the transmission of several light beams, at different wavelengths, by the same optical fiber. In this space, teaching and research activities are developed in optical systems based on this technology, which make up the curriculum of the Telecommunications Engineering course and also the master’s degree in Telecommunications.
These activities now include the latest generation products from Padtec – such as optical switches, compact 4U sub-racks and optical multiplexers, among others. For André Abbade, professor of optical communications at the Telecommunications Engineering course and Coordinator of the Inatel Telecommunication Technology Higher Course, the partnership meets the mission of the institute to unite the classical academy to research and development and entrepreneurship. “The devices will be used in the discipline of Optical Communications, which has started to have special topics on the applications of DWDM systems, which results in better qualification and student performance in the labor market, which is increasingly convergent”, says Abbade.
“This initiative reinforces Padtec’s role as a national high-tech company, which invests in Brazilian research and development, and strengthens its position as a benchmark among future professionals in the industry”, said Roberto Nakamura, Padtec’s Technology Director. “Our goal is to foster technological development and contribute to the formation of an ecosystem in the area of optical systems in Brazilian universities”, he adds.
Padtec is a global manufacturer and solutions provider of turnkey optical solutions. The company offers products that span from corporate access, data center interconnection, long-haul terrestrial backbone to complete submarine multi-terabit solutions. Padtec enables customers worldwide and is the premier and largest Latin American manufacturer of optical networking equipment, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With a strong focus on research and development, Padtec create custom solutions for global networks leveraging pioneering technology and robust mission critical support.
About Inatel (www.inatel.br)
Inatel is a teaching, research and technology development center, created in 1965 in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, southern Minas Gerais, known as the Valley of Electronics. It was the first higher education institution of Telecommunications Engineering in Brazil and currently offers six undergraduate courses, lato sensu postgraduate courses, distance courses and a Masters in Telecommunications. In addition to training professionals, Inatel transfers technology to the market in the areas of software development, hardware, consulting and equipment calibration. It has partnerships with national and multinational technology companies. Since 2016, it is Embrapii unit, responsible for supporting development and innovation in Brazil.