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Latin America reconsiders its infrastructure needs

Last week the World Economic Forum on Latin America was held in the beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias, in the transformed Colombia.  It closed with a call for the region not to be complacent and redouble efforts to pursue economic and social reforms and at the same time deepen regional integration.

Despite all the optimism about the bright future of the region and the way Latin America has successfully weathered the crisis, most of the leaders called out for action and concrete decisions to secure the way forward for millions of Latin Americans.

Technology and the role of ICT for the future of the region was a key topic discussed and debated in most of the public and private sessions around infrastructure, education, health care and even political stability.

This year the theme of the summit was “New Partnership for a Sustainable Recovery”. The meeting brought together over 500 leaders from more than 42 countries, representing business, government, academia, civil society and media.

Jaime Valles, Cisco vice president for Latin America, gives his perspectives on the major themes raised at WEF in Cartagena (English)

http://www.youtube.com/user/CSCOPR?feature=mhw5#p/u/2/80aRuoOgVPY

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Cisco Networkers Bahrain 2010 … What A Great Show

Cisco Networkers Bahrain was a fascinating event that left its attendees overwhelmed with the experience. Almost everyone we’ve spoken to was taken away with the many successful aspects of the event that took place from 28 to 31 of March. Attendees, however, were very pleased with one particular takeaway – the wealth of knowledge and that they came out with toward the end.

Whether it was through meeting Cisco executives, engineers or partners, Cisco Networkers Bahrain was an ideas and solutions oasis; where great mind collaborated and shared knowledge, expertise and best practices. Not forgetting to mention, they also had plenty of fun.

So, if you haven’t made it to Networkers this year, click on the “READ MORE” link below for a few snap shots of some of what you have missed. 

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Better City, Better Life: Cisco Showcases Smart+Connected Communities at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

 

Besides the FIFA World Cup in June, there’s another global event taking place which is expected to attact the attention of millions. That event is World Expo 2010 in the city of Shanghai in China.

Running from May 1, to October 31, 2010, 70 million people are expected to attend the six month long fair.

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On-Stage TelePresence First Middle East Debut at Cisco Networkers Bahrain 2010

One of the exciting events we had happening at Cisco Networkers Bahrain was the live keynote session, this event featured Cisco’s Executive Vice President of Cisco Services and Chief Globalization Officer, Wim Elfrink, joined by His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Atteyat Allah Al-Khalifa, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Government of Bahrain and for the first time in the Middle East, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies, Marthin De Beer, but Marthin was not in the Middle East yesterday, he was in San Jose.

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Africa Connected: “Why wouldn’t the next Bill Gates come from Africa?”

As momentum builds in networking the continent, the benefits of connecting African communities become increasingly clear.

Imagine an Africa where farmers can always find the best price for their produce, where students in remote villages can interact with teachers thousands of miles away. Imagine an Africa where remote video consultations enable doctors to diagnose rural patients who would otherwise go untreated. Imagine an Africa where the great urban centers are safer for citizens thanks to modern surveillance systems. Imagine Africa Connected.

All of these advances are possible and in reach. And the good news is that they all utilize the same fundamental utility – a broadband network infrastructure and the high-speed Internet access it enables.
Today, broadband penetration across the continent is exceedingly low — at about one percent in some countries, even lower in others. Incredibly, South Africa is our most advanced with 3% penetration. By increasing the access of broadband, millions of Africans will benefit from the economic and social gains that broadband offers. One recent study by the Boston Consulting Group estimates that when Internet penetration rises by 10 percent in emerging economies, it correlates with an incremental GDP increase of one to two percent.

Yvon Le Roux, Vice President, Emerging Markets, Africa and Levant

All of these advances are possible and in reach. And the good news is that they all utilize the same fundamental utility – a broadband network infrastructure and the high-speed Internet access it enables.

Today, broadband penetration across the continent is exceedingly low — at about one percent in some countries, even lower in others. Incredibly, South Africa is our most advanced with 3% penetration. By increasing the access of broadband, millions of Africans will benefit from the economic and social gains that broadband offers. One recent study by the Boston Consulting Group estimates that when Internet penetration rises by 10 percent in emerging economies, it correlates with an incremental GDP increase of one to two percent.

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