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Cisco Wins Top Networking Vendor in Middle East Award

Guest Post By Hani Nofal, regional manager in Cisco UAE

Hani Nofal

On Monday 25th April 2011, I attended the second annual Network World CPI Middle East Awards, which was held at the Address Hotel in Dubai Marina.

The evening brought together vendors, system integrators and end users who were all eagerly anticipating the winners announcement throughout the ceremony. Altogether, the awards comprised of 22 categories, which looked to celebrate innovative networking projects, end-users for their contribution to business, and vendors for their market leadership. Cisco has been shortlisted for the prestigious Networking Vendor of the year award – an award determined by votes, not a judging panel or committee.

To our absolute delight, Cisco won the most-coveted Networking Vendor of the year category. The win crowns our focus on defining true innovation and operational excellence to our customers in the region and a real testimony by our customers and partners.

Once we were nominated and shortlisted, the category was then opened to the public for voting to take place. Cisco received 1800 votes, which equated to 33% of the overall voting total -- polling ahead of other shortlisted finalists. With a mixed feeling of excitement and confidence, it was indeed an honorable moment to get on stage and receive the award on behalf of Cisco.

Our achievement was also complemented by the success of our customers’ innovation and business impact who were also recognized at the event for the end-user awards categories.

This is a another milestone for Cisco achievements  in the Middle East as it demonstrates our commitment to deliver on Cisco’s vision to lead emerging country innovation, prosperity, job creation, and social inclusion through life-changing networks.

Our work with nations through out the region to help utilize ICT to drive sustainable socioeconomic progress, secure affordable broadband networking, facilitate instant information access for businesses and enable world-class citizen services with better access to healthcare, education, and social services.

The winners in the vendor category were recognized for their outstanding performance and significant impact on the market. The criteria for winning included a variety of indicators, including product innovation, quality of services, major customer wins and commitment to the region.

To achieve these awards has been an extremely proud moment for Cisco, our partners and customers – a true, networking glory for all involved.

To view the full list of the winners you can visit Network World Middle East Awards 2011.

Emerging Countries and the Emerging Internet Economy

The recent Global Information Technology Report (GITR) from the World Economic Forum highlights the role that ICT plays as an enabler of economic, environmental and social development today. The Networked Readiness Index in the report also showed that developing countries led by China and Brazil are catching up in terms of technology adoption.

There’s another aspect to the report that bears mentioning, and that is the rising importance and shifting composition of the Internet Economy, in chapter 1.2, and authored by Cisco’s Enrique Rueda-Sabater and John Garrity. Cisco has supported and made contributions to the GITR for most of its 10 years of existence and has used the Networked Readiness Index in many discussions around the world on the potential for networks to contribute to economic and social progress.

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The Evolving Internet

Several months ago Cisco published The Evolving Internet – Driving Forces, Uncertainties and Four Scenarios to 2025—a report done jointly with GBN which was intended as a contribution to ongoing discussions and efforts to harness the huge potential of Internet and IP networks to drive economic and human development around the world.

The report has generated a lot of attention and has been the subject of blogs (from Russia, Singapore, Turkey …) press articles and comments from businesses, government official and individuals across the world.

Regardless of how the future unfolds, the Internet will evolve in ways we can only begin to imagine. By allowing ourselves to explore and rehearse divergent and plausible futures for the Internet, not only do we find ourselves more prepared for any future—we can also help shape it for the better.

I thought I’d sharing one of the video discussions on the  findings of the report with the Monitor team.

Net Neutrality

You can watch the rest of the videos here, and download the complete white paper (PDF) here.

The Race to Build the Smartest Cities

Smart cities has been a hot topic for governments around the world for several years as climate concerns, rising urbanization trends and increasingly technology-savvy citizens is driving demand for connected and sustainable cities. The race to build smart cities will only intensify as competitive pressures build up amongst cities to attract the best talent and investment, says Dr Steve Hodgkinson, research director for Ovum, the analyst and consulting company.

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Dr Hodgkinson, based in Melbourne, Australia, was speaking to press from around the Asia Pacific region  over TelePresence and WebEx about a new report which he authored: “Is your city smart enough?”. The report cements the role of ICT as an important factor in designing, building and operating smart cities sustainably.

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Building Cities in the Clouds in Asia

Imagine being able to download services such as an e-learning course, health check-ups or a high-definition video conference session with your friends, family or business associates anywhere in the world from your smart phone or network-enabled TV at home.

Need to tweak your energy usage up or down? Check on your little one in kindergarten? Or ask your city council to help with some bulky refuse? Just a few taps on your smart phone or remote control gets the job done.

Just as we today download apps for our iPhone or Android devices, citizens in Busan Metropolitan City, at the heart Korea’s second largest mega city region, will soon be able to request for services or download applications for their everyday needs.

Busan may only have a population of around 3.7 million but it’s the world’s fifth largest port, and also a leading producer of semi-conductors, automobiles and iron and steel. The city is clearly aiming higher and working with private sector companies like Cisco to achieve its ambitions to be a smart city.

This bold vision took the first step towards reality with the opening of an innovation center, called the Busan Mobile Application Center (BMAC), which will provide developers with an environment to create and test these applications and services.

Launch of the Busan Mobile Application Center.

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