Cisco’s CEO touts Arab-Jewish teamwork, meet with Peres, announces an innovation venture with Bezeq communications system, and predicts Israel will be the world’s first totally digital country.
Cisco CEO John Chambers, speaking about his company’s involvement in Israel Electric Corporation’s fiber optic venture, predicted on Wednesday, “Israel is about to become the first fully digital country in the world.”
“This is something that most countries do a little at a time; you are going to do everything at once,” he added.
Cisco also announced it is opening a new innovation center with Israel’s Bezeq communications system and its mobile cell division Pelephone and will test on Pelephone’s live production network the world’s first self-optimizing heterogeneous configuration that combines small-cell, Wi-Fi and macro technologies, Globes business newspaper reported.
Last February, Cisco paid $475 million for Israel’s Intucell company.
Chambers. who attended President Shimon Peres’ pre-90th birthday celebrations Tuesday night, said after meeting with Wednesday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Cisco intends to make available $15 million for funds “that support integration of Israeli Arabs, and development of innovative security technologies.”
Cisco already employs approximately 200 people in Israel and intends to hire 100 more,