Cisco saw a faster growth than the market with India sales revenue touching
Rs 2,703 crore in FY 2005, up by 46% over FY 2004; the company also accounted
for more than 47% of the total enterprise networking equipment sales in India
during the period.
One reason why it beat the market and managed to do what it did was because
of SMBs who started using networking technology, giving Cisco a whole new area
of opportunity. Aggressive pricing coupled with product releases that were
simple to deploy and manage, introduction of service and support catering to
this market, and a 50-city integrated campaign targeting the end customer and
partners, ensured strong adoption.
Very strong deals were also reported from the BPO sector, banking and
financial services, manufacturing and the telecom verticals, particularly, where
one of the key highlights was VSNL’s Metro Ethernet deployment, worth Rs 500
Fuelled by good uptake amongst service providers and the enterprise segments,
Cisco remained the undisputed king of routers and switches with 84% and 70%
market share respectively. Its router business grew by 35%, helped to some
extent, by the launch of mid-range Integrated Services Routers. At the very
high-end, it launched Carrier Routing Services (CRS1) targeted at the telecom
market, a product in which Cisco had invested around half a billion dollars in
Cisco’s switch business shot up to Rs 911 crore in FY 2005 from Rs 510
crore the previous fiscal, particularly due to its good performance in the
telecom and BPO space. Key wins here were with the Tata group, SBI, Mahindra
& Mahindra, IDRBT, Wipro BPO and BITS. The company also saw significant
penetration in "advanced technologies" like network security, IP
telephony, wireless and in next generation network broadband, with the
contribution of this segment going up to 18%.
There were minor changes in the management team with former VP Sales (West)
Naresh Wadha moving to Cisco Honk Kong to look after North Asia; Jangoo Dalal,
senior VP, Enterprise, has taken his place. The rest of the line-up largely
remains the same with Rangnath Salgame very much at the helm.