NEWS FLASH: Flak set to fly over airport deal

Sydney Airport is at the centre of an industry row after awarding Cisco and Memorex Telex Australia's highest-profile networking deal late last week.

The backbone network upgrade, dubbed Sydney Airport 2000, is estimated to be worth around $3 million and is designed to cater for the airport's Y2K and Sydney 2000 Olympics needs, ComputerWorld sources report.

Documents obtained by ComputerWorld reveal Sydney Airport Corporation Limited has informed a number of failed tender applicants that Cisco and Memorex Telex has won the deal. Cisco refused to comment on behalf of the partnership.

Central to industry concerns is repeated rumours Cisco was appointed against the recommendations of independent network consultants Praxa. In addition, ComputerWorld sources claim reliability of the Cisco network to be installed cannot be guaranteed due to its inability to interface with existing network interface cards.

Sydney Airport is yet to make a public announcement about the deal, delaying an announcement rumoured to have been planned for last Friday. Sydney Airport officials have not yet responded to the allegations by press time despite repeated attempts by ComputerWorld.

For the full story, read this week's edition of ComputerWorld, out on Friday, February 12.

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