Light Reading
A tripling of its workforce and continued investment in startups highlight Cisco's plans for India

Cisco Hearts India

Craig Matsumoto
News Analysis
Craig Matsumoto
12/6/2006
50%
50%

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) plans to triple its workforce in India, to 6,000 employees, during the next three to five years, CEO John Chambers said today during a visit to the country.

The company also announced the creation of the Cisco Globalization Center East, to be located in India and led by Wim Elfrink. No, that's not some World of Warcraft character -- he's Cisco's new chief globalization officer. (See Cisco Updates Investment.)

Chambers's words today reaffirm the $1.1 billion commitment Cisco made to India a year ago, money that includes a $50 million Bangalore site to be completed in June and a $750 million budget for R&D and training during the next three years. (See Cisco Pays to Play in India and Cisco Invests $50M.)

Cisco also has pooled $100 million for venture investing in India, with today's release mentioning Bharti Telesoft Ltd. and Indiagames Ltd. as two of Cisco's investments.

Today's announcement also included mention of a manufacturing facility in Chennai, which initially will build products for the Indian market.

Cisco certainly isn't the only company interested in India. BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) are among the telecom firms most recently announcing joint ventures in the country. And the possibility of funding startups in India has some venture capitalists all aflutter. (See BT Forms JV in India, Persistent ZTE Forms India JV, and VC Buzz Turns to India's Startups .)

One reason for all the interest from the telecom sector is the booming mobile market, which Lehman estimates will result in $4 billion worth of capital expenditures in the year 2008. (See Indian Carrier Capex on the Rise.)

India also remains a hot ticket in general, of course.

"In terms of future growth, Cisco sees India as a greater opportunity than China, only because they've been in China so long," says analyst Tim Daubenspeck of Pacific Crest Securities Inc. "It is a big opportunity; there's a lot of broadband connections. Whether it changes my model -- not really. It's just a natural evolution." — Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
materialgirl
50%
50%
materialgirl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:33:00 AM
re: Cisco Hearts India
Perhaps India will be bigger than China if local vendors don't steal their IOS code with apparent Government consent, then get the potentially preferential sales treatment that has allowed Huawei to trounce CSCO in the local market.
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:32:59 AM
re: Cisco Hearts India
Heh - good point about the IOS code flap.

Preferential sales treatment is key, if you're talking about what I think you are -- that would be one reason why Cisco is pumping so much money into its India move, to drum up favor with the government and tech industry around the country.

Aren't there some folks saying that India will rise faster than China, in terms of being a tech market? (I'm vaguely remembering reading that somewhere; I'm sure someone will correct me if it's just insane.)
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
LRTV Interviews
TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
LRTV Documentaries
AT&T's New Security Strategy

12|10|14   |   02:36   |   (1) comment


AT&T's Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso explains how his company is wrapping virtual security layers around micro network domains.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
Vodafone to Ride T-Mobile Back Into US
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/12/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
Gardner's Departure a Cautionary Tale
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 12/12/2014
T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Archive