The Telecommunication Engineering activities began at the Universitat Politècnica de València with the creation of the School of Telecommunication Engineers in 1987 and the starting up of the Communications Department in 1990. This Department centralized most of the research activities in this field until the approval and creation of the ENCIs (Non Conventional Research Entities) by the Government Board of the UPV in 1999. One of these approved ENCIs constituted the Institute of Informatics Engineering, Multimedia, Communications and Computing (IMCO2).

The IMCO2 officially developed its activities since the approval of its statutes in June 2002 to June 2004 when, due to strategic reasons, it experienced a reorganization of its integrating groups and its technological positioning, focusing on Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications activities.

As a result of their outstanding research, the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM) was recognized as University Research Institute by the Regional Government on July 29th, 2005.