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March 10, 2009

Government of Portugal selects Cisco as technology partner

To provide high-density LAN and wireless access in classrooms of secondary schools

By CBR Staff Writer

The government of Portugal’s technological plan for education has selected Cisco as a technology partner to provide high-density local-area network and wireless access in classrooms of secondary schools in the country.

Following a public international tender process with the Ministry of Education, Cisco will work with Portugal Telecom, the prime contractor of the ‘Internet in the Classroom’ project, to equip 1,220 schools with 215,000 ethernet ports and 15,000 wireless access points.

The Portuguese Ministry of Education has launched the project as a foundation for the Portuguese government’s technological plan to bring high-speed fiber broadband access to every school and put fixed and wireless networks in the classrooms to connect all students and staff.

The company said that the technological plan for education will also see various secondary schools establish Cisco Networking Academy programs to teach information and communication technology (ICT) skills to a diverse student population. Five academies are being set up with further plans to increase the number to 200.

Chris Dedicoat, president of Cisco European Markets, said: Cisco and the government of Portugal share a common belief that the use of ICT is vital to prosperity and economic growth. We are very proud to be involved in the transformation of Portugal’s school system.

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