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Cisco Plans Globalization

BANGALORE, India -- Cisco (NasdaqGS:CSCO - News) today unveiled its state-of-the-art Globalisation Centre East campus in Bangalore at an opening ceremony presided over by former Indian President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO.

Cisco also announced that it is extending venture investment initiative in India by another $100 million to drive growth with high-potential Indian companies This venture investment in India is consistent with Cisco's long track record of driving growth in the information technology (IT) market through investment in the innovation economy. In 2005, Cisco designated an initial $100 million in venture funding for this purpose as part of its overall $1.1bn investment plan for India.

As the first of several potential iniatives Cisco is pursuing within the new $100m investment goal, Cisco is collaborating with Satyam Computer Services to explore a new venture investment. This planned new venture will focus on optimising, deploying and managing integrated healthcare management solutions globally, bringing together the market reach, capabilities and experience of both Cisco and Satyam. Please see separate release for more information.

Cisco today employs over 3000 people across India, and the first phase of the Cisco Globalisation Centre East campus will initially be able to accommodate 1200 personnel. Spread over 1 million square feet on the Outer Ring Road in Sarjapur, Bangalore, the first phase will accommodate staff from Cisco's Globalisation Centre, research and development (R&D), IT, and customer support teams in India. In October 2005, Cisco committed US$50 million to build this new integrated campus.

The new facility will house an advanced Global Briefing Centre to showcase Cisco's latest technology solutions and provide an environment for closer collaboration with partners in spotlighting solutions for customers in emerging markets such as India, China, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The campus also houses the largest campus datacentre outside the US and will provide a focal point for demonstrating next-generation virtualisation technologies and service oriented network architectures that support customers' global environments.

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