Project promoters and partners

K2D, acronym for Knowledge and Data from the Deep to Space, was proposed in co-promotion between dstelecom, University of Minho and INESC-TEC. Besides these three, it also has 5 national and international partners: ASN - Alcatel Submarine Cables; AIR CENTRE - Association for the Development of the Atlantic International Research Centre; University of the Azores; MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Cintal - Technological Research Center of the Algarve.


The leading portuguese carier's carrier

DSTelecom S.A. was founded in 2008, with a share capital of 50.000,00€ and with the objective of deploying open fibre optic networks to sell its access to telecom operators working with end users (through services such as triple-play, i.e. television, internet and telephone). The company is wholly owned by DST Telecomunicações, SGPS, S.A., which was created as a sub-holding of the DST Group for the telecommunications sector and, since 2018, has been owned by DST - SGPS, S.A. (with a 46.3% stake) and CUBE II Communications SARL (with a 53.7% stake). The company is defined as a wholesaler and its activity has allowed the DST Group to enter the telecommunications business. The DST Group, whose origins date back to the 40's, has a large number of companies present in the areas of Engineering and Construction, Environment, Renewable Energies, Telecommunications and a new business area of innovation called Ventures.

Vision: To develop in a sustainable way, especially in low population density areas, open communication networks.

Mission: To free people from geographical barriers by building a digital world.


Sérgio Fernandes


João Faria

Project Manager

University of Minho

The University's mission is to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge, based on freedom of thought and plurality of critical exercises, promoting higher education and contributing to the construction of a model of society based on humanistic principles, which has knowledge, creativity, and innovation as factors of growth, sustainable development, well-being, and solidarity.


Eduardo Pereira


Tiago Miranda


Marcos Martins


Luís Gonçalves


Filipe Costa


Cláudia Pascoal



Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science


The Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC) is a research & development institute located on the campus of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (Portugal). INESC TEC is a private non-profit association, recognised as a Public Interest Institution and has been an Associate Laboratory since 2002.

The purpose of INESC TEC is to act as an interface between the academic world, the world of industry and services and the public administration in Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Electronics (ITT&E). INESC TEC invests in Scientific Research and Technological Development, as well as in Advanced Training and Consulting, Technology Transfer and supports the Establishment of new Technology-based Companies.

Present in 6 sites in the cities of Porto, Braga and Vila Real, INESC TEC incorporates 13 R&D Centres and one Associate Unit with complementary competences, always looking to the international market. INESC TEC brings together more than 700 researchers, of which around 350 have PhDs.


Nuno Cruz

Nuno Abreu

Bruno Ferreira

José Carlos Alves

Eduardo Azevedo

Aníbal Matos



The main CINTAL activity is the research and development on new technologies domain like training, publication and provision of scientific and technological services.



Ensure an interface between the academic world and the business world on industry and on services, in telecommunications and information technologies scope. Its activities are dedicated on scientific research and technological development, dissemination and advanced training.



To be a reference institution in research capable of contributing with solutions of excellence for an economy and sustainable development


Sérgio Jesus

António Silva

Fred Zabel

University of the Azores


The University of the Azores (UAc) is a public university located in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, with its headquarters in the city of Ponta Delgada. Founded on January 9, 1976, it emerged following the implementation of the autonomous regime in the Azores and the policy of expansion of higher education in Portugal. It sought, initially, to meet the multiple needs for staff training in the Region, raise its cultural level and promote its scientific and technological development.

Today, the degree of development that has been achieved in the Azores finds in the action developed by the University one of its main sources of dynamism. The various areas of teaching and research cultivated at the University have profoundly expanded knowledge of the complex reality of the sea, the land, life, history, society, and, in general, the culture of the islands.


José Neto Azevedo

Laura González García


AIR Centre

The Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) is an international collaborative organization that promotes an integrative approach to space, climate, ocean and energy in the Atlantic. The AIR Centre is driven by and at the same time supports emerging technological innovations and advances in data science.


Pedro Freire Silva

Tânia Li Chen

João Jesus

José Luiz Moutinho

Alcatel Submarine Networks


Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 650,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide (enough to circumnavigate the globe 15 times!).

From traditional telecom applications to infrastructure for content and “Over The Top” service providers, as well as solutions for offshore oil and gas applications, ASN provides all elements of turnkey global undersea transmission systems, tailored to individual customer’s needs.

An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by ASN’s fully owned fleet of cable ships


Emmanuel Danjou



The MIT community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. We are fun and quirky, elite but not elitist, inventive and artistic, obsessed with numbers, and welcoming to talented people regardless of where they come from.

Founded to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, MIT is profoundly American. With ingenuity and drive, our graduates have invented fundamental technologies, launched new industries, and created millions of American jobs. At the same time, and without the slightest sense of contradiction, MIT is profoundly global. Our community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent from around the world. Through teaching, research, and innovation, MIT’s exceptional community pursues its mission of service to the nation and the world.


M. Haji

D. Hart

J. Leonard

P. Lermusiaux

D. Newman

O. de Weck