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How to rig a VoIP contract: Tips from Cisco

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Cisco it seems is playing loose-and-fast in order to win business for its VoIP unit, which admittedly has come under intense pressure from rivals such as Avaya. The company has been exposed in a “rigging scandal” in ” in its hometown of San Jose, Calif., over a contract to build an IP telephony network for the new city hall,” reports ZDNet. The news of this scandal first broke in San Jose Mercury News. “I’m angry and I’m disappointed,” Mayor Ron Gonzales is quoted in the Merc and added, “The major issue here is the involvement between the city staff and Cisco, and despite what impact it may have on the civic center project, we have to do whatever we need to do to take care of this first.” Cisco has long been close to San Jose officials, and its executives have contributed more than $13,000 to Gonzales’ two mayoral campaigns, Merc adds.

Cisco exectuives were asked by San Jose city employees to help design an RFP for a VoIP system. “The IP telephony network proposed by Cisco used all Cisco equipment that was not compatible with other vendors’ gear,” Rick Doyle, the city attorney told ZDNet. The Merc adds that some city officials are going to be fired over this scandal. Earlier similar problems had cropped up in Dallas where last fall, city’s chief information officer and his deputy were fired because of cost overruns following a deal with Cisco to consolidate its computer network.