Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cisco Makes Bay State its Mobile HQ, Solidifying Boston's Growing Reputation as a Mobile Hub

In an exciting announcement for the Commonwealth and for MassTLC, Cisco announced that it plans to headquarter its Mobile Internet Technology Group here in Massachusetts. At pre-announcement private reception in downtown Boston, John Chambers and Governor Deval Patrick talked about how the state's fast-recovering IT industry and the great tech ecosystem are a perfect fit for Cisco's expansion plans. Chambers also noted that he predicted that the Bay State would create many more tech powerhouses in the coming months.

The decision by Cisco to establish the mobile group here in Tewsksbury and Boxborugh builds on the company's $2B investment in acquiring Ash Dahod's Starent Networks. Starent built multimedia software enabling many wireless networks to handle the deluge of data now streaming over mobile networks. Cisco noted in its announcement that global mobile data traffic is expected to grow 39-fold over the next five years.

Ash Dahod is reportedly staying on with Cisco to lead the mobile group -- another great development for the local wireless and network communications infrastructure community, as Ash is one of those cornerstone players in the state's tech ecosystem. Before starting Starent, Ash co-founded NetCore Systems, Inc., which was acquired by Tellabs, Inc. in 1999; Sigma Network Systems, Inc., acquired by Standard Microsystems Corporation in 1992.; and Applitek Corporation, which developed the first cable modem and was eventually sold to Bay Networks, Inc.

Full disclosure: Ash Dahod will be speaking at MassTLC's summer mobile program, "The Data Deluge: What It Means for Users, Apps, Carriers and the Future of Mobile," to be held on July 27, 2010 at Microsoft's NERD Center.

Cisco's expansion in Massachusetts is good news for the technology community as it highlights the strength of our region's growing Mobile Cluster and it helps build momentum for the MassTLC 2020 Challenge to grow the tech sector by 100,000 jobs over the coming decade. Cisco's news builds upon an already strong and growing presence the company has had in Massachusetts for more than a decade. John Chambers' commitment to the area (he lived here while leading the Wang Laboratories sales team in the 80's) is a great asset and his team of Paul Bosco, Rich Powers, MassTLC trustee Paiman Noudishani, and now Ash Dahod have been great friends and contributors to MassTLC, MassNetComms, and our tech community. Another great development for our area to celebrate.

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