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Cisco gives tele-presence systems to regional governments

Cisco has given five Middle Eastern governments two tele-presence systems each, in order to boost communication and dialogue between the countries, according to the vendor

Cisco has given five Middle Eastern governments two tele-presence systems each, in order to boost communication and dialogue between the countries, according to the vendor.

The governments of Egypt, Jordan Lebanon, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have accepted the technology from the vendor; Cisco expects to complete installation of the systems within six months.

"In an increasingly global and connected world, communication s and collaboration become ever more important - not only for people and companies, but for countries as well," said John Chambers, Cisco CEO.

"Cisco TelePresence has introduced an entirely new way to communicate and collaborate, and the adoption of this technology by the countries announced today illustrates the role ICT can play for countries in the Emerging Markets to leapfrog existing infrastructures."

The vendor valued the project at around US$6 million, which it announced at Paris III, a donor conference held last month.

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