Cisco pumps cash into South Korea

Cisco Systems will provide up to $50m (£27.7m) to South Korean SMEs to help to finance the adoption of the latest networking...

Cisco Systems will provide up to $50m (£27.7m) to South Korean SMEs to help to finance the adoption of the latest networking technologies.

The fund will be established by Cisco Systems Capital Korea, the company's local leasing and financial arm, extending an existing facility offered to telecoms carriers and large companies.

More than $250m in financing has been provided to such companies since 1999, said Cisco.

The SME financing service was announced by the company while its president and chief executive, John Chambers, is visiting South Korea to mark the tenth anniversary of Cisco Korea's founding.

Among his engagements, Chambers met South Korean Minister of Information and Communication Chin Dae-je, the company said. South Korea has one of the highest rates of internet penetration in the world.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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