Moscow, Russia – October 25, 2011 – Cisco today announced the next step of localizing its product manufacturing in Russia: A global manufacturing contractor located in Tver will produce Cisco® set-top boxes, which enable the transmission of video content and new television services for Internet-based television (IPTV) networks.
The Cisco set-top boxes manufactured in Russiawill significantly expand the range of services offered by IPTV service providers in the local market offering features including digital recording, live pausing, and the personal delivery of TV and video video on demand.
The pilot batch of Cisco set-top boxes ISB2230 (with hard drive) and ISB2200 (without hard drive) was successfully tested early in September of this year. At present manufacturing facilities are ready for the volume production of set-top boxes. The first large consignment of the product will be manufactured in October for leading Russian mobile operator VimpelCom (operating under the BeeLine brand).
- Anatoly Smorgonsky, marketing director, VimpelCom, Moscow region.
"All subscribers of BeeLine Home TV can watch HD content and have access to the most advanced TV services. The rich choice of unique features depends on subscriber hardware that we are currently offering to end-users. We are sure that Cisco's new set-top boxes will help us to continue the delivery of world-class high-quality TV services."
- Paul Betsis, general manager, Cisco RCIS:
"Close cooperation with the Russian Federation (RF) government and comprehensive support for an innovative economy are Cisco's main strategic goals in Russia. Expansion of a locally manufactured product line proves our company's commitment to develop entrepreneurship and sustainable innovations in the country, implementing advanced technologies, creating new working places and manufacturing products in accordance with RF legislation."
By expanding the portfolio of products made in Russia, Cisco confirms its commitment to comprehensively support innovation in the local economy (more details about the company's commitment to support Russian economy are available here. In April 2011 Cisco announced its first product produced in Russia. Cisco's innovative VPN hardware module is manufactured in accordance with Cisco license with the use of a multi-tier high-tech supply chain that includes Cisco partners in Russia.
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