Cisco rips out Chinese equipment in India

Cisco rips out Chinese equipment in India

An executive revealed Cisco is replacing Chinese made equipment in Indian operator infrastructure while exploring the option of opening manufacturing plants in India.

Speaking to The Economic Times, Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan service provider business president Sanjay Kaul, said: "We need alternatives to China and every large company has been dependent on China for manufacturing. We do manufacturing in Mexico and Malaysia."

He added: "Strategically, we want to do it as long as we have the ecosystem that's ready to support. We are seriously looking at the third time in the last five years."

The firm is mulling which products to manufacture in the country through a contract manufacturer in India by leveraging the production-linked incentive government scheme, which was announced by the government in March 20202 to boost domestic manufacturing.

Kaul also said this is a “phenomenal opportunity” for the country as it needs to build up its manufacturing ecosystem to make it a viable processing hub rivalling Mexico and China among many.

Cisco has the added benefit of being approved as a trusted company by the National Cyber Security Coordinator.  


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