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Gotta Love Fiber!

As President of Fiber to the Home Council Asia-Pacific, I am really excited about the forthcoming annual conference to be held in May 19-21, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Let’s look at some of the compelling facts for the region:

By year-end 2016, nine economies are forecasted to reach FTTx household penetration rates of 20% or higher: Read More »

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Cisco APJC Recognises its Smart Services Champions

Yesterday at the Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China Partner-Led Network Conference that took place in Bangkok, we took the opportunity to announce the recipients of the Cisco Smart Service awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognise our partners and customers from the region who showed forward-thinking approaches in the delivery and integration of Cisco Smart Services. The winners were chosen for their innovation and expertise that enable “Smart Everywhere” for their end-users across the region.

The awards are divided up into three categories; partner awards -- for partners who used Smart Services to accelerate growth of their services business; vendor awards -- for vendors who have demonstrated innovation and operational excellence for Cisco Services; and customer awards -- for those customers that have used Smart Services to fuel their business performance, efficiency and productivity.

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Cisco APJC Partner Led Network 2012 – Emphasis on “Partner”

Cisco’s commitment to its channel partners takes another step forward at the Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) Partner Led Network 2012 event in Bangkok, Thailand, this week. With over 300 channel partners who focus on the mid-market and small business segments gathering from all around the region, Cisco has made each and everyone of them the focus of attention.

Andrew Sage, vice president for Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Led and Bastiaan Toeset, director of Partner Led for the APJC Partner Business Group, took some time off their preparations for the event to give you a preview of what’s to come.

Look out for more updates on this event on this blog and on twitter at the hash tag #ciscopln2012

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The Social Soap Box: Digital is BIG Business in Thailand and Asia

August 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm PST

When you think of Thailand, historic Buddhist temples and shrines usually come to mind. However, during my visit to the golden land last week, I was pleasantly surprised by the proliferation of social and digital media. From QR codes to Facebook logos splattered across the many storefront windows, it’s no wonder Bangkok is ranked the largest Facebook city and Thailand ranked 16th largest Facebook country. While dining at a local restaurant in Chiang Rai, it was hard not to do a Facebook check-in when promotional materials were easily visible on tables, walls and even menus. And yes, I checked in and received my 5% discount.

Although Thailand is considered a developing country according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it’s use of digital and social media certainly makes the country advanced by any standard. According to eMarketer, Thailand is ranked fourth among Southeast Asian countries in the percentage of “likes” and “follows” corporate brands receive from consumers. The top three are Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia.  Here are  additional data from an eMarketer report:

  • 47% of APAC companies use SM, and 56% are planning to use SM
  • 47% of APAC companies use SM, and 56% are planning to use SM
  • This year, Asia-Pacific will pass North America as the region with the most Facebook users
  • Asia-Pacific has three times as many social network users as North America

For marketers and communicators, this presents a great opportunity to expand your company’s digital and social footprint. At Cisco, we are continually experimenting how to reach customers and influencers in various countries through social media. We currently have over 200 social channels globally, and approximately 12 in APAC. That includes properties on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as global outlets such as Weibo and VKontakte.

 

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Cisco Appoints Jaime Vallés as new Head of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China

On June 11, Gary Moore, Cisco’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced the appointment of Edzard Overbeek to head the company’s Global Services Business. Today, I am delighted to announce that Jaime Vallés, currently senior vice president for Cisco’s Latin America theater, will be taking over from Edzard as the leader of our Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) region. Jaime will assume the position with effect of August 1, 2012 and will be based in Singapore.

Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China represent a huge opportunity for future growth and innovation for Cisco. We are pleased to have identified such a strong successor to Edzard Overbeek, and Jaime’s appointment from within Cisco is a testament to the strength of our leadership team across the world. Jaime’s broad understanding and success in driving growth in both developed and emerging markets combined with his passion and ability to build and lead high-performing teams, and create strong relationships based on trust and integrity, make him the ideal choice to lead Cisco’s APJC team in the region’s next phase of growth.

Naturally, Jaime will have the support of the world-class Cisco leadership team across the region, and will partner closely with Owen Chan, who will continue to lead our business in Greater China.

Since Jaime joined Cisco back in 2007, he has proven himself to be an outstanding leader with a successful track record of driving growth in emerging markets. Named one of the Top 50 Technology Executives in Latin America by the Hispanic IT Executive Council in 2011, Jaime has successfully led Cisco’s operations in Latin America, making it one of our highest growth regions. He brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, having previously served in senior leadership positions at Sun Microsystems and IBM.

Latin America continues to be an important growth driver in the Americas sales region. Accelerating our growth in emerging countries is one of the company’s top priorities for FY13 and we will soon be announcing a new leader for the LatAm theater.

In the meantime, I invite our customers, partners, and the entire Cisco community to join me in wishing Jaime well in his new role.

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