Last week was an exciting time for Cisco in India. Our Chairman and CEO, John Chambers was in Bangalore and New Delhi meeting employees, customers and senior government leaders. One theme that resonated with the audience was how technology could transform the two critical areas of education and healthcare. Today, nine out of ten children under the age of 15 live in emerging countries. This presents all of us with a great opportunity and challenge – how do we embrace new business models to deliver key services to these leaders of tomorrow?
Collaborative technologies and broadband access have the potential to transform the delivery of high quality education and healthcare services. While giving the keynote address at the India Today Conclave, John got everyone’s attention when he suggested that with the right approach perhaps technology could enable education services be delivered to children at a cost of $1 per month. The unmet needs of millions of people around the world can only be solved through technology, and Cisco is well positioned to deliver transformational solutions that are sustainable and scalable anywhere in the world.
I remember I was 14 when I got our first TV at home; I first flew on a plane when I was 20; got my first cell phone at 30; I was 40 when I got my first VPN connection and I had my first TelePresence experience when I was 50. Who would have predicted technology would evolve so quickly and enrich our lives?
As for what will be next, we are limited only by our imagination.