Cisco To Help Accelerate Digital Transformation Of Andhra Pradesh Business
Visakhapatnam: Global information technology leader Cisco said it will set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) innovation centre here as part of its strategic initiatives to help accelerate the digital transformation of Andhra Pradesh.
Cisco on Thursday signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government for this purpose. The agreement was signed as part of the inauguration of AP Fiber-Net in Visakhapatnam in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Cisco executive chairman John Chambers, Cisco Japan president Irving Tan and Cisco India and SAARC president Dinesh Malkani. Cisco has collaborated with the state government to design and implement AP Fiber Net, the first statewide broadband project in India.
"This transformational project is aimed at providing on-demand, affordable broadband connectivity of 2 to 20 Mbps for all households and 1 to 10 Gbps for all institutions by 2018 and is expected to significantly boost the economy," it said. "The network will cover 2,500 locations and is 22,500 km long, reaching 2 million households. Cisco has designed and implemented the network infrastructure for AP Fiber Net using statewide high-speed, aerial-optical fiber leveraging existing electricity distribution assets," it added.
It will also set up Technology Center of Excellence and Research Lab in Tirupati focused on manufacturing and cyber security solutions. The others initiatives includes skills development for the new digital economy through expansion of the Networking Academy programme, investing in innovative start-ups in the state and sponsoring a research program at Andhra University to develop and customize digital technologies and solutions for rural areas, the Company said in a statement.
Cisco will also invest in an advanced Technology Center of Excellence and Research Lab in the Institute of Digital Technology (IDT), Tirupati, focused on cyber security, smart city and manufacturing solutions. The company announced plans for the expansion of Cisco Networking Academy in 70 colleges to train approximately 10,000 new students in Andhra Pradesh over next three years.