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Cisco helps Spain accelerate its digital transformation

The company will work with private and public sector organisations and governments to help the country realise its full digital potential

Spain is the focus for Cisco's latest Country Digital Acceleration programme
Spain is the focus for Cisco's latest Country Digital Acceleration programme

Cisco is helping to progress Spain’s digital transformation under its Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) programme.


The company will work and share investment between governments, businesses and communities to advance citizens’ quality of life, create jobs and enhance global economic competitiveness.


Digital goals


Called ‘Digitaliza’ in Spanish, CDA will align with the country’s digitisation goals. It will collaborate with the public sector, the industry, including ICT, energy, finance, industrial companies, service providers, small medium businesses (SMBs), start-ups from any vertical, and partners plus academia, to address the following areas:

  • Industry 4.0: encourage the digitisation of industrial companies, service providers, and utilities. Help close the digital gap for small medium businesses through innovation, with the ultimate goal to increase efficiency and competitiveness.
  • Smart territories: advance smart, inclusive, sustainable and attractive digital territories. Furthermore, help enable digital education and connected schools, and develop efficient smart mobility and transportation for people and goods.
  • Critical infrastructures: foster the deployment of intelligent and highly secure national networks and protect critical infrastructures with advanced cyber-security.
  • Digital jobs and innovation: develop digital skills (ICT/STEM) to help employability, with a focus on areas such as Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-security, using nearly 20-years of the Cisco Networking Academy programme in Spain.

“Through Country Digital Acceleration, Cisco has the opportunity to positively impact communities, governments, and businesses around the world,” said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO, Cisco. “We are excited to support the long-term economic goals of Spain and benefit their citizens in the digital economy.”

“Our aim is to place Spain as a reference in digital transformation, contribute to economic growth and advance towards a more inclusive society”

The CDA will build on Cisco’s 25-year commitment to helping Spain realise its full digital potential. Some examples of initiatives already being implemented are:

  • Barcelona Co-Innovation Centre: inaugurated in January 2019, the latest addition to Cisco’s global network of Co-Innovation Centres serves as a hub for open, creative collaboration. It focuses on urban innovation, healthcare and financial services evolution, helping to develop a vibrant co-innovation ecosystem.
  • Cisco Networking Academy programme: designed to reduce the ICT professional’s growing skills gap and promote employability. This non-profit initiative has already trained almost 175,000 Spanish students since 2000 in state-of-the-art digital technologies, through more than 390 educational centers and 780 teachers. The ‘Digitaliza’ goal is to increase the total number of new students to 100,000 in the next three years.
  • Collaboration with regional and vertical innovation centres: such as Sevilla Future and Zaragoza’s Innovation in Retail Centre (T-ZIR), providing Cisco mentoring and equipment to help local startups innovate.
  • Cisco DevNet Spain: innovative companies can also connect with Cisco DevNet in Spain and globally. DevNet is a community of more than 500,000 developers building applications over Cisco’s open digital platform.

“Our aim is to place Spain as a reference in digital transformation, contribute to economic growth and advance towards a more inclusive society,” said Santiago Solanas, vice president, Southern Europe, Cisco. “The pillars of the Digitaliza program have been designed to help our country, cities, companies and the entire innovation ecosystem in capturing the maximum value from digitisation.”


Cisco developed the concept of Country Digital Acceleration to stimulate global digitisation. So far, more than 300 projects have been launched on smarter transport, smart cities, e-health, cyber-security and connected education.


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