Visakhapatnam, March 20 2016: The government of Andhra Pradesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Networking giant Cisco, for skills development for the new digital economy through expansion of the Networking Academy programme, investing in innovative startups in the state, establishing an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Visakhapatnam and Technology Center of Excellence and Research Lab in Tirupati focused on manufacturing and cyber security solutions, sponsoring a research program at University of Andhra to develop and customize digital technologies and solutions for rural Andhra Pradesh, and expansion of the Golden Mile project.
The MoU between Cisco and the Government of Andhra Pradesh was signed today as part of the inauguration of India’s first statewide broadband project – AP Fiber-Net – in Visakhapatnam, in the presence of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandra Babu Naidu, and other government dignitaries John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco; Irving Tan, President, Cisco Asia Pacific & Japan; and Dinesh Malkani, President, Cisco India and SAARC.
Cisco will set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Visakhapatnam to foster regional innovation and will enable partners and startups to build solutions around IoE and engage in rapid prototyping. This will also act as a platform to bring startups, accelerators, developers, researchers, ecosystem partners and the venture community together to showcase possibilities of the Internet of Everything. Cisco will also invest in an advanced Technology Center of Excellence and Research Lab in the Institute of Digital Technology (IDT), Tirupati, focused on cyber security, smart city and manufacturing solutions. The centre will help train graduate engineers in advanced digital technologies and solutions and equip them with skill sets required for the digital era.As part of the initiative to boost research, Cisco will sponsor and collaborate with Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on a 12-month research program to identify and explore the possibility of developing and customizing digital technologies and solutions for rural Andhra Pradesh.
Cisco has collaborated with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to design and implement AP Fiber Net, the first statewide broadband project in India.