Sanjay Kaul, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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NEW DELHI: Cisco Systems, the American multinational telecommunications software and networking company, will soon set up a factory in the country to manufacture hardware products in line with the Centre’s Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Governing India) vision.

“Cisco is setting up a manufacturing unit to locally produce equipment and hardware products and to build a supply chain for markets around the world,” said Sanjay Kaul, president, Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) at Cisco at ETTelecom.

The company produces a range of networking, mobility, collaboration and data center products that include access points, switches, routers, controllers, terminals and contact center equipment.

Cisco is looking to leverage the Center’s recent programs to propel local manufacturing, and the company’s new production facility would be partnered with an original design partner (ODM), according to the person familiar with the matter.

Kaul, however, declined to divulge further details.

The multinational currently produces network switches and routers in Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.

In 2016, Cisco marked the launch of its local manufacturing initiative in the country by setting up a unit in Pune, Maharashtra, which it had to close due to ecosystem challenges.

Currently, India is Cisco’s second largest research and development (R&D) center after its headquarters in the United States.

Following the launch of next-generation (5G) commercial services, the US-based company plans to increase its revenue in India by partnering with telecom operators and large enterprises.

The company, according to the executive, is also working closely with Reliance Jio to tap into small and medium-sized businesses, as part of the latter’s business strategy on the back of 5G.

“We are embarking on the manufacture of state of the art radios for India and the world. We are motivated to undertake such an investment in India due to all the steps taken by the Government of India over the last year in manufacturing and building the local telecommunications ecosystem,” said Sanjay Bakaya, Country Director for India and Regional Vice President for India and South Asia, Mavenir in a statement.

The telecommunications network company and Bharti Airtel showcased a 5G-connected ambulance equipped with advanced medical equipment and patient monitoring systems. and telemetry devices that transmit real-time patient health data to the hospital. The demonstration was conducted for the Apollo Hospitals in Bangalore on the mid-band 5G trial spectrum allocated to Bharti Airtel by the Department of Telecommunications.

Recently, US provider Open RAN Mavenir also set up its manufacturing unit in Pune to produce radios for public networks run by telecom operators and private 5G designed for multiple frequency bands.

Last month, US tech giant IBM set up its software lab in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The Center has recently developed a host of programs to propel local manufacturing with its ambition of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-governing India) and to boost Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) which include a design-led initiative and a production incentive.

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