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Cisco banks on digital TV, 3G/4G stake

Cisco Systems (Thailand), a leading provider of information-technology solutions, aims for a big surge in revenue next year, mainly driven by new investments in digital terrestrial TV broadcasting and the upgrade to third- and fourth-generation wireless broadband.

Though managing director Vatsan Thirapatarapong declined to reveal his business projections for next year, his company aims to see half of its income in fiscal 2014 contributed by the services it provides operators of digital TV networks and telecommunication firms investing in 3G and 4G technology. This will increase from 40 per cent of total income in the last fiscal year, which normally starts in August.

Anupon Tajawanno, business development manager at Cisco Thailand, said his company was in talks with key players in the digital-TV business. These include the Royal Army, MCOT, the Public Relations Department and Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS). He said it was believed that these state-run operators would invest at least Bt14 billion on the new digital network and infrastructure. "We want to secure several projects from those state-run media involving the expansion of the digital terrestrial TV network in the country."

He said his company would provide total solutions for those companies if they were interested in its services, from cutting-edge broadcasting to cloud sourcing service.

He suggested that his company would also provide the use of the telecommunication network or fibre-optic cable to link between main broadcasting sites and transmitters in the provinces to cut unnecessary costs.

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