News Release

Cisco strengthens focus on Bangladesh

Plans include increasing sales channels and Cisco Networking
Mar 18, 2002

Plans include increasing sales channels and Cisco Networking Academies

DHAKA, Bangladesh - 18 March 2002 - Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today re-emphasized its commitment to Bangladesh. Cisco is strengthening its presence in the country to meet the critical networking needs of businesses including the government, large enterprises, and telecommunications and Internet service providers. Cisco's plans include recruiting more systems integrators and resellers for its sales channels as well as establishing more Cisco Networking Academies in local educational institutions.

Cisco's Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of the Internet and most corporate, education, and government networks around the world. Cisco provides the broadest line of solutions for transporting data, voice and video within buildings, across campuses, or around the world. Cisco is the No. 1 networking vendor in India with over 60% market share according to independent market research studies.

In addition to technology and product leadership, Cisco is recognized as an innovator in how business is conducted. The company has been a pioneer in using the Internet to provide customer support, sell products, offer training, and manage finances.

"Bangladesh was amongst the earliest markets in the region to embrace technology. For example, the Grameen Village Phones and the Pacific Bangladesh CDMA network are amongst the oldest in the region. The country today is focused on developing its infrastructure and we at Cisco are committed to helping the government and other organizations here with their networking needs," said Manoj Chugh, President - India & SAARC, Cisco Systems.

"Bangladesh is a critical part of Cisco's India & SAARC region. Today with service providers planning to expand their networks and enterprises investing in networking technologies and solutions, we believe there are tremendous synergies that Cisco can contribute to. In order for Cisco to become a true partner to Bangladesh, we need to establish strong sales, service and support presence there," said Sudhir Narang, Vice President, Cisco Systems India.

Cisco first established a presence in Bangladesh in 1998. Since then it has appointed two Systems Integrators - Flora Ltd. and Desktop Computer Connection Ltd - and appointed Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology as a Cisco Networking Academy. It also has 70 resellers in Bangladesh.

The Cisco Networking Academy Program teaches students Internet technology skills and is a partnership between Cisco Systems, education, business, government and community organizations around the world. The curriculum focuses on teaching students to design, build, and maintain computer networks, and is designed to prepare students for the 21st Century workplace, while serving as a model for e-learning. The first Networking Academy was established in the US in October 1997, and the Cisco Networking Academy Program was launched in the Asia Pacific in September, 1998. Today, there are more than 8,700 Academies operating in 136 countries, with over 254,000 students enrolled.

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