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Cisco announces investment plans in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD- Cisco Systems International announced its development plans for the Pakistan market by making a commitment to invest in infrastructure, resources, education, partners and support programmes. Cisco provides enabling technologies and solutions in the Service Provide, Enterprise and SME markets.

In a press briefing here, Sam Alkharrat, Regional Sales manager, Cisco Systems, Service Providers, said, ‘Cisco is focused on the Service Provider Market from all aspects including technology innovation, new business models, customer success and support. Additionally, we have a tremendous focus and coverage on the Enterprise and the SME markets as well across finance, government and other sectors.”

Cisco’s presence in Pakistan with an office in Islamabad confirms its commitment here. The company is developing plans and leading with technology in Telcos, Mobile operators, NSPs, ISPs and Cable operators on the Service Provider front, in addition to its increased focus on finance, government, health, defense, energy and other enterprise vertical markets. Cisco Service Provider partners in Pakistan are heavily focused on technology leadership in the areas of Metro and DWDM Optical, IP, DSL, ATM, Voice over IP, Dial, Ethernet Access Networks. Additionally, Cisco provides leading solutions in Content Delivery Networking, IP over Cable, transmission and voice tracking solutions and Internet OSS/BSS. Cisco’s Enterprise presence is stronger than ever with focus on IP Telephony, infrastructure, security, and storage area networking and network management solutions.

Aleem Ahmed, Country Manager for Cisco Systems in Pakistan said, “Cisco is working actively to develop direct partners in Pakistan. Our partners are now at the level of Cold and Silver certification and most at a global level, they form an extension of our team and serve our customers to the highest standards in Pakistan. Cisco is also planning to build local depot center in Pakistan to provide local replacement of hardware and faster support”

Cisco is also giving back to the Pakistani community by rolling out the Cisco Network Academies programme, which has been running successfully in the country since the last two years. The CNAP programme provides an excellent vehicle to develop resources and grow the local talent in networking and Internet technologies.

Commenting on Cisco’s future area of activity in Pakistan, Trevor Greenaway said Operations Director of Cisco Systems Service Providers market activity and Internet penetration progress in Pakistan. It’s exciting times for the Service Provider markets here, as we become an integral part of the transformation of Pakistan into the New World economy. Despite the economical challenges in the market, Cisco continues to focus on and invest in the Middle East including Pakistan, we have over 120 employees extending our reach from Pakistan to Morocco”.

Cisco’s presence in Pakistan can sharpen the competitive advantage of service providers by providing enabling technologies and solutions that deliver business value. This business value is seen in lower cost of operations, network integration, faster time to market and innovative IP service. Our interaction in Pakistan this week with Cisco extensive consulting resources on Optical, IP, Voice over IP, DSL, Dial and ATM expertise is a clear sign of the strategic value we put on the Pakistani market.

Source: Business Recorder
Date:4/19/2002