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|Industry||Multivendor IP Networking
|Founded||Palo Alto, California, USA (2005)|
|Headquarters||Redwood City, California, USA|
|Peter Alfred-Adekeye, CEO
Deka Yussuf, EVP & CMO
Multiven, Inc. provides multi-vendor Internet Protocol network infrastructure technical support, maintenance and consulting services to large enterprises, Internet service providers, small, medium businesses, and government agencies.
Founded in 2005 in Palo Alto California by Peter Alfred-Adekeye, Multiven describes itself as "focused on making all IP network infrastructure work properly, irrespective of the underlying hardware, software and technologies".
Antitrust lawsuit against Cisco Systems
On December 1, 2008, Multiven, Inc. filed an antitrust lawsuit against Cisco Systems, Inc. in an effort to open up the network maintenance services marketplace for Cisco equipment, promote competition and ensure consumer choice and value. Multiven’s complaint alleges that Cisco harmed Multiven and consumers by bundling and tying bug fixes/patches and updates for its operating system software to its maintenance services (“SMARTnet”) and through a series of other illegal exclusionary and anticompetitive acts designed to maintain Cisco’s alleged monopoly in the network maintenance services market for Cisco networking equipment.
CEO criminal charges
Cisco in turn accused Multiven CEO Peter Alfred-Adekeye of illegal access to Cisco material using a Cisco ID. Alfred-Adekeye is a naturalised British citizen, a resident of Zurich, and a former Cisco employee. After several months in which US authorities prevented his entry into the country for participation in the litigation, a special hearing in the case took place at a Canadian hotel on 20 May 2010, involving a US special master and four Cisco lawyers. He was arrested from the court session by Canadian police based on a misleading US arrest warrant.
Alfred-Adekeye was released after 28 days in custody but was forced to remain in Canada for another year before he was allowed to return to Zurich to his wife and toddler son. In June 2011, a Canadian judge stayed the extradition, ruling that the strict standard of "extraordinary misconduct" was met by the circumstances and speaking of the "audacity of it all", of "Cisco's duplicity", and the "shocking" act of preventing someone's participation in a judicial proceeding by arresting them to supposedly force them to participate. False material in the US attorney's letter had misled the judge who signed the Canadian arrest warrant. "Grotesquely inflated" charges and the unjustified portrayal of the respected British entrepreneur as a Nigerian-born scam artist and flight risk had misled the Canadian judicial system further. The underlying civil case by Multiven against Cisco had been withheld from them.
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