You might think that the global market for high technology ends somewhere around Austria, New Zealand, and Singapore. Well, think again. What we may see as the developing world is hungry for high tech, too. There are tons of untapped markets to sink your teeth into.
Take Cisco Systems'
Those Cisco servers and base stations are not going to Kentucky. They sit in Karaganda, in central Kazakhstan. Go ahead and look that up on a map. I'll wait right here. Yeah, that's the far reaches of Borat's supposed motherland. You got it.
Karaganda is so remote that the Russians use the name as a punch line in jokes. Yet this isolated city and the steppes around it probably got WiMax goodness before your cozy hometown. "In 2009, we plan to expand AERO further across several regions of Kazakhstan and add video to our offering," says Stepan Vadyunin, service provider AsiaBell's CEO.
There is a scarcity of current technology in places like Karaganda, or Laos, or Belize, and in thousands of other obscure corners of the Earth. But the people there want the same conveniences that we have, and farsighted businesses like Cisco, Nokia
This particular deal is not huge for Cisco itself, but the company is working on dozens of contracts like that one, if not hundreds. So the next time you see a tech company's growth faltering stateside or in Western Europe, just remember that it's a very big world out there. Big deals can happen in unexpected places.
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