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Cisco standing behind set-top box business

by Steven Mostyn - Feb 22 2012, 17:30

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Despite a rush of reports to the contrary, technology heavyweight Cisco is not on the cusp of pulling out of its apparently ailing television set-top box business.

Cisco’s insistence comes after the New York Post suggested the company was attempting to sell its set-top box division only six years after acquiring it from Scientific-Atlanta for $6.9 billion USD.

However, Cisco director of corporate communications John Earnhardt has quickly moved to deflect the story and outwardly project the company’s dedication where set-top technology is concerned.

“We are committed to the market. Therefore we will continue to be in the market,” he outlined in a FierceCable report.

“Every few months there seems to be a rumor or speculative comment about our commitment to our set top box business,” he added via an official blog post. “Let me be as clear as I can: we love set top boxes.”

Earnhardt’s comments come after Cisco chief executive John Chambers told investors in a fourth-quarter earnings call that the company remains “very much committed” to the set-top box sector.

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