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Cisco unveils African expansion plans

10 October 2013, 16:21

Lago s- Cisco, the technology firm, revealed plans to expand its Networking Academy in the continent.

Dr Robert Pepper, Vice President: Global Technology Policy at Cisco, outlined the plans at the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) Forum in Abuja.

According to Pepper, Cisco currently has 790 Networking Academies in Africa, with more than 77 581 students and 1 570 instructors.

He added that 245 470 students in the continent have attended the programme which is running in 40 countries in Africa.

He said Cisco had also provided networking technology in 37 schools through the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the company was in the process of providing networking solutions for e-schools in nine additional countries, which include Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Uganda.

Pepper added that Cisco had fully implemented NEPAD e-schools in Rwanda, Mauritius, South Africa and Ghana.

The official said the organization was committed to supporting Africa as a significant contributor to Cisco's overall business success.

He said Cisco is well positioned for the future in the continent and was focused on helping businesses and governments drive sustainable growth by providing network based technologies that can help organisations innovate, drive new business models, increase productivity and create new jobs.

"Cisco is committed to working with governments and organisations in Africa to support job creation by building ICT skills and talent as well as creating the opportunities for individuals and communities.

This will undoubtedly positively impact on the standard of living and the economic prosperity of countries in the region," he added.

- CAJ News.


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