Sydney Airport has denied its high-profile networking tender is corrupt, while Cisco has received an order for the new network.
A letter obtained by Computerworld reveals Sydney Airports Corporation Limited (SACL) is "concerned" by industry allegations that the tendering process for the network upgrade, known as Sydney Airport 2000, was corrupt.
"I am confident that the tender process was conducted in the appropriate manner and am satisfied with the selection of Memorex Telex to provide the new ATM Switched Network for Sydney Airports Corporation," the official stated in a letter dated February 16, 1999.
Meanwhile, industry sources confirmed Cisco has received an order from channel partner Memorex Telex to supply the ATM equipment required for Sydney Airport.
As previously reported in Computerworld ("Protests grow over airport deal", February 19, p3), the backbone network is estimated to be worth around $3 million and is designed to cater for the needs of the airport's Y2K and Sydney 2000 Olympics network traffic.
The project is designed to consolidate disparate IT systems at the airport, such as flight information displays, baggage and gate controls, and the security systems.
The Sydney Airports letter, sent to one of the failed tender hopefuls, attempts to resolve a number of concerns the vendor raised.
"Your suggestion that the Memorex Telex solution is non-compliant is unfounded. We have confirmation of its compliance from external consultants who have independently assessed the network," the letter reads.
"The tender assessment was conducted under SACL's stringent tender process and all areas of the process are clearly laid out in our documentation.
"The recommendation to proceed with Memorex Telex was given to the Tender Assessment Committee by Praxa." Praxa is the independent IT consultancy that SACL employed to oversee the design, selection and implementation of the network.
Officials from SACL and Cisco Systems did not respond to interview requests by press time.
Executives from Fore Systems and Xylan confirmed they are still questioning the validity of the deal and are investigating the possibility of further action against SACL.