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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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And Cisco Networkers Bahrain Begins

Today begins the first full day of Cisco Networkers Bahrain 2010. We have transformed the Bahrain International Circuit into Cisco Land and it looks amazing. Attendees are arriving, collecting their badges and are off to technical seminars, labs, case studies and of course the most exciting thing, tonight is the Keynote!

Executive Vice President, Cisco Services and Chief Globalization Officer, Wim Elfrink will be speaking and joined onstage by His Excellency, Shaikh Ahmed bin Atteyatallah Al Khalifa, Minister of Cabinet Affairs. Together they will speak of the vision for Bahrain 230 and conduct an innovative technology demonstration.

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Spring time is competition time…

… for IT students and tutors across Central and Eastern Europe.

Slovakia’s first national IT Fitness Test, which kicked off early February, became a sounding success, with almost 40,000 students completing the online questionnaire. The IT Fitness Test was held as part of the European Union’s e-Skills Week initiative in Slovakia.

The test yielded some interesting data: 89% of respondents said they were regularly using social media and spend an equal amount of time using computers at school and at home.

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