The Center for Advanced Studies in Telecommunication (CAST) has been developed with an aim to use it as an interface between university-based telecommunication activities and regional telecom industry, IT industry, software developers, government and community groups. CAST from its inception has been focused on developing strong industry links, with specific regard to the practical implementation and realization of telecommunication technologies. This Centre provides support and assistance to academic staff in their quest for research funding and other support through liaison with funding bodies, industry, and the business community.