Cisco CEO eyes India as a major tech development country


Cisco chief executive officer (CEO) Chuck Robbins on Friday said India can play an important role in developing technologies around areas like healthcare and education that can be deployed at scale in other developing markets like Latin America and Africa.

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Speaking to PTI, Robbins said the company’s India R&D unit—which has over 6,000 engineers—is working on the “next wave” of solutions that are powered by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain.

Robbins, who is on a three-day trip to India, met IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and delegates from NITI Aayog on Thursday. Cisco has played a role across various areas, right from Startup India to cybersecurity to skills and smart cities. Robbins informed PTI that the discussion with the IT minister was based on the overall Digital India strategy and the progress that has been made and the learnings that have come to light.

He added that technology adoption in India has grown at an unprecedented rate in the last few years and that Cisco is looking at taking its learnings from the Indian market to other countries. He cited the example of its Indian client Reliance Jio, where the US-based company has helped set up an all-IP network—one of the first in the world.



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