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Airtel, Cisco to Offer Advanced Connectivity Solutions

Digital India has opened up a huge residual opportunity to help businesses in their digital transformation journey and achieve the next level of growth

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Telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel and Cisco on Monday announced a partnership to offer advanced networking and connectivity solutions to enterprise and Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) customers in India.

Under the collaboration, Airtel will offer Managed Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) services in collaboration with the US-based technology conglomerate.

“Airtel is well positioned to offer next-gen digitisation solutions to enterprise customers in India and meet the quality of service expectations. We are excited to partner with Airtel. This highlights Airtel’s commitment to offering a flexible and reliable digitisation and collaboration solutions to customers,” Sameer Garde, President, Cisco India and Saarc, said in a statement.

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Built on the Cisco-Viptela platform, Airtel’s Managed SD-WAN service would provide real-time analytics and in-built security. This solution will have a centralised policy and a management controller that will provide customers with a clear view of data flows across their networks and enable them to optimise data traffic.

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“Digital India has opened up a huge residual opportunity to help businesses in their digital transformation journey and achieve the next level of growth,” Ajay Chitkara, CEO-Airtel Business said. (IANS)

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Cisco to Provide Training to 10 Lakh Indian Students in Digital Skills by 2025

Across 583 academies nationwide, more than 350,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception so far

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For Cisco, the Networking Academy programme in India is one of its largest in the world. Wikimedia Commons

In line with the government’s efforts to train the youth in emerging technologies, networking giant Cisco on Tuesday committed to train 10 lakh students by 2025 by expanding its Networking Academy programme.

For Cisco, the Networking Academy programme in India is one of its largest in the world. Across 583 academies nationwide, more than 350,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception so far.

The Cloud-delivered skills-development programme helps students learn how to design, build, secure and maintain digital infrastructure. The curriculum include courses on IT essentials, networking, cybersecurity, programming and Internet of Things. In 2016, Cisco had committed to train 250,000 students by 2020, which was achieved a year ahead of schedule, the company announced at the “Cisco India Summit” here.

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Across 583 academies nationwide, more than 350,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception so far. Pixabay

“The most impactful initiatives that the government has seen in the CSR (corporate social responsibility) space is when companies work to create capabilities in young people and nurture innovation. That I think is the strongest component of the Cisco CSR programme,” Union Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said in a video message streamed at the event. “I certainly believe that government will not only partner with companies like Cisco but also adopt the Cisco-like model,” she added.

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Through the programme, schools, colleges, universities, vocational institutions, government and non-profit organisations are provided a Cisco-developed curriculum that can be integrated with the institution’s own educational offerings. Cisco also supports government education institutes in providing training on networking and cybersecurity skills aimed at improving the employability of engineering graduates.

“Through strategic collaboration between governments, businesses, and NGO’s, we extend our experience in networking technology to elevate the standards of living and foster sustainable economic development,” said VC Gopalratnam, Senior Vice President-IT and Chief Information Officer-International, Cisco. (IANS)