Cisco invests ZAR 60 mln in Square Kilometre Array project


Cisco has signed an agreement with South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) to become the Square Kilometre Array's (SKA's) technology partner. The US-based company will invest ZAR 60 million in the project. SKA is moving on to the next phase, which will be the last stage before construction begins in 2018, ITWeb reported. Under the MOU, a Cisco Networking Academy and Knowledge Centre was established in Carnavon, Northern Cape, where the SKA will be hosted, to help local community members develop basic and intermediate ICT and networking skills. Optical Transport Research, in partnership with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), has also been established. It includes a donation of Cisco equipment to create a laboratory facility, as well as direct access to resources in Cisco's Optical Engineering Business Unit in California.

According to Cisco, its collaboration with the DST, which was initiated in 2011, represents the largest single investment to any one project Cisco has made to date globally. The company also donated a data centre laboratory and equipment to the SKA SA project office to enable testing and validation of the central signal processing architectural and technical specification requirements.

Source: Telecompaper 1 April 2015