CES: Chambers talks portable

January 9, 2009

Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers is in Las Vegas again for the Consumer Electronics Show, where he unveiled products including a wireless audio hub for the home and promised new consumer product announcements as often as every two months from now on.

Chambers said he didn’t plan to bet in Sin City, except perhaps a little BlackJack, though you could call Cisco’s entry into the consumer electronics market a bit of a gamble.

The technology industry veteran took a moment to answer some questions from Reuters at a Cisco drinks reception at the show. We asked him if Cisco will come out with portable devices small enough to put in your pocket?

Yes, but only if we can maintain a sustainable differentiation … Only if it has a tie-in to the network and it can voice data and video applications (and not necessarily with all of those combined into one device).

If I would have told you I would have business phones wired and wireless, you would have said no way. Yet we do have the number one play in all business phones.”

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