The Broadband Systems Group of the University of Aveiro was created in 1989, in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications.

Over the years this research group diversified into a series of interrelated research teams, acting in the areas of broadband technologies, optical networks, tele-traffic, network engineering, economic and social aspects of telecommunications, etc. Some of these teams were later integrated in IT (Instituto de TelecomunicaƧƵes).