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Broadband Barometer Charts Networking ProgressThe broadband rollout of Latin America is happening at a swift pace, and Cisco is aiding in the effort on a number of fronts in an effort to bridge the divide on that continent.Cisco has released its Broadband Barometer, a report showing high-speed Internet growth for Argentina.The report, sponsored by Cisco and prepared by consulting company IDC, proposed a goal of reaching four million high-speed connections by the year 2010, based on an existing 1,043,289 connections at present.The government of Argentina endorsed the report as a way to drive the country’s economic development.Cisco is working closely with the government to help with rollout. “The possibility of having high-speed connections is not an unimportant matter, since it determines the way in which our country can position itself in the information economy and the knowledge society,” said Sebastian Ballerini, General Manager at Cisco Systems Argentina.”At Cisco, we have been supporting and fostering the movement towards broadband for several years now, this representing one of our main policies on a worldwide scale.”Cisco Broadband Barometers are in place in countries throughout Latin America. In April, Cisco announced a Broadband Barometer report for Brazil, where the country has announced its intention to have more than 10 million broadband connections by 2010.Carlos Carnevali, Cisco Systems’ VP of sales for Latin America, in July outlined the economic growth of these countries and the ways Cisco is meeting their networking needs in a Q&A with News&Cisco.

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