Cisco Systems (
has signed an agreement with Canada's University of Saskatchewan
to set up a Research Chair in Mining Solutions. The Research
Chair will primarily support, promote and lead R&D and
technical innovation at the university through real time
mining-based projects in Canada.
Cisco will invest $2.0 million over a decade for the Research
Chair. The focus of the Chair will be to promote the importance
of research and academic programs for the mining industry by
finding solutions to its daily challenges.
The University of Saskatchewan has a legacy of undertaking new
research studies. With a prosperous mining industry in the area,
Saskatchewan itself is leading the research in the segment.
Cisco will provide the required expertise in advanced
technologies and strategies that is intended to drive innovation
in the sector. In return it will build valuable domain expertise
that would help its growth.
The university's rich legacy in research coupled with Cisco's
expertise in networking and communications technology will lead
to enhanced knowledge, stronger relationships with industry and
government partners and improve efficiency in the mining sector
According to research by the Mining Association of Canada
(MAC), the Canadian mining sector may attract $140.0 billion
worth of new investments and may create an additional 100,000
jobs by 2020. Stalwarts such as
General Electric Co.
) are planning to open another mining unit in
Cisco's revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 increased
5.5% year over year to $11.69 billion and was better than
management's expectations (up 2-4%). Products (78.3% of total
revenue) were up 3.9% year over year to $9.30 billion. Services
(21.7% of total revenue) jumped 11.9% year over year to $2.58
Cisco shares carry a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into a
Hold rating in the near term (1-3 months). General Electric
carries a Zacks #4 Rank, which translates to a Sell rating.
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