Kumaran Singham, Cisco managing director, said there are companies that require refurbished equipment, such as routers, switches and wireless access points. Such equipment can also be used for demonstration or showcase purposes, he said, and the need keeps the hardware from ending up in landfills. The goods come from Cisco Capital Remarketing in the United States. The refurbishing process includes systems testing, debugging and repairs, product engineering upgrades, cleaning and reconditioning. Last year, Cisco Capital Remarketing remanufactured more than 410,000 units worldwide, preventing some 4,800 tons of equipment ending up as toxic waste. Basis Bay group chief executive officer Datuk Praba Thiagarajah said the process is in line with his company's "green" efforts to reduce "carbon footprints in our living environment. " e-Basis Bay is a member of IT services group Basis Bay, which has more then 12 years experience in refurbishing networking equipment. Cisco said refurbished equipment could cost from 25% to 70% less than new equipment. "By giving such equipment a second life, we reduce the burden on the environment and enable more budget-conscious customers to enjoy the benefits of Cisco technologies, " said Kumaran. The move is also aimed at discouraging grey marketers that are now importing second-hand Cisco equipment from overseas, refurbishing them, and remarketing them through unlicensed third-parties.

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