Issy-les-Moulineaux, January 21, 2019 – Cisco today reiterated its commitment to supporting France’s digital acceleration by announcing an investment of $70 million over the next three years. Aligned to the French national priorities, the commitment will enable innovation, economic opportunity, and education across the nation.

Attending the ‘Choose France’ summit in Versailles, Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, met Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to affirm the company’s commitment to executing digital strategies that include and benefit all French citizens. It will encompass investments in digital skills and training, security and privacy, R&D, as well as continued support and funding for France’s start-up ecosystem.

In this framework, Cisco will continue to support regions in their digital acceleration. In Le Havre, Cisco is currently collaborating with the Port Authority and the urban community as well as their partners within the “Le Havre Smart Port city” project to help create economic opportunity by building a connected, autonomous shipping port of the future. The project intends to include providing an intelligent platform for data sharing and enhancing the movement of goods from ships to trains and trucks to drive better business outcomes.

Technology is the bridge to creating inclusive economic growth and helping solve some of the world's biggest problems. We are proud to be a trusted technology partner to the French Government and to expand our support for the country’s long-term social, economic and cultural priorities,” said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco.

“France’s digital acceleration is creating bridges for its citizens to new opportunities. Over the last years, we’ve been working to explore how business organisations and academia can innovate using digital in education, cybersecurity and privacy, and smart cities. The network is foundational to peoples’ economic opportunity, social needs, and cultural experiences and will drive inclusive growth in France, through innovation, new services, and new applications” said Philippe Dumont, General Manager of Cisco France.

Since 2015, Cisco has been investing in the digital transformation of France. The $200 million investment program is seeing multiple initiatives and programs to capture the benefits of the digital economy.  

  • Opened in 2015, the Cisco Innovation Center aims to create a virtuous cycle of innovation. The 50 Cisco engineers collaborate daily with start-ups and students to work on the future of networks and applications of Big Data or artificial intelligence. 
  • Since 2001, Cisco Networking Academy has been helping to train more than 350,000 people for the new digital economy thanks to online courses and its network of 479 academies implemented in France.
  • Cisco supports the French innovation ecosystem, identifying opportunities for further co-development, making direct and indirect investments to help start-ups scale and promote real-world experimentations. In this framework, Cisco is developing, together with Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (South of France) and Board of Education, a leading-edge digital solution to facilitate and help secure the entrance to high schools. The virtual safety gate pilot will soon be trialed in two high schools.


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