Cisco, the global networking products giant, will set up a new manufacturing plant in Pune and establish an innovation centre for Internet of Everything (IoE) in Visakhapatnam. The company’s executive chairman, John Chambers, who was present in Visakhapatnam on Thursday, also announced a series of initiatives with the Andhra Pradesh government to enhance the technology infrastructure in the State.
Cisco, which has got its largest engineering centre outside of the United States in Bengaluru, has zeroed in on Pune with plans to build a supplier eco-system as well. The presence of a manufacturing plant will bring in the entire array of products and services of Cisco in India.
On the plans in Andhra Pradesh, Chambers said, “Andhra Pradesh has a digital state blueprint for other states to follow. Our investment is a commitment to help the state develop an ecosystem of talent, entrepreneurship and innovation to drive growth, generate jobs, diversify the economy and support sustainable growth.’’
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandra Babu Naidu, said his vision for the state is to digitally empower every citizen, enhance quality of life and accelerate economic competitiveness.
The key agreements signed included the inauguration of India’s first statewide broadband project – AP Fiber-Net – in Visakhapatnam. This programme aims to connect over 30 million households with a fibre-to-home for telephone, cable services and TV at a price R150. Cisco’s IoE Innovation Centre will act as a platform to bring startups, accelerators, developers, researchers, ecosystem partners and to showcase possibilities of the Internet of Everything.
As part of the Golden Mile project, Cisco has started deploying key technologies in the 5 km area including smart wi-fi, smart safety and security, smart lighting, smart parking, smart transports, smart bus stops, smart kiosks, remote expert for government services (REGS) and smart education in the city of Vijaywada.
As part of the expansion of the project, Cisco announced that it will develop new applications specifically for Indian Smart Cities and collaborate with the state for its upcoming smart cities in AP.
To boost the research capability, Cisco will sponsor and collaborate with Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on a 12-month research program to identify and explore the possibility of developing and customizing digital technologies and solutions for rural Andhra Pradesh.