DAX-0,03 % EUR/USD-0,01 % Gold-0,04 % Öl (Brent)-0,61 %

3com news! (neu) - 500 Beiträge pro Seite



Beitrag schreiben

Begriffe und/oder Benutzer

 

hallo, neuer thread, die ladezeit war mir zu lang

heute artikel in der SZ über palm und 3com (seite 32)

kurz:

generell raten analysten vor einem einstieg in einen der beiden werte vor dem 27.07. ab.

palm
-neu ausgegebene aktien werden den kurs zunächst verwässern
(BHF Bank)
-ab august `gewisses potenzial` wegen großer volatilität aber nur für sehr risikobewußte investoren
-us analysten 4 str buy/1mod. buy/1 outperform

3com
-filetstück wird verkauft
-fairer wert 20-25$ ohne palm
-gratisaktien werden diesen verlust nicht kompensieren
(auch wegen der steuerlichen auswirkungen der gratisaktien)
-nach 3com angaben frühestens ende 2001 wieder gewinne
-operativer verlust 4.quartal 99/00 220mio $
-BHF Bank: "wahrscheinlich führt 3com auf längere sicht ein trauriges dasein im einstelligen dollarbereich"
-zahlreiche zurückstufungen des einstigen tech-lieblings durch analysten in den usa

gruß, nendaz
Was meinen die mit den steuerlichen Auswirkungen ??
Beim Unternehmen oder beim Anleger ??

HenryIV
@ HenryIV: Ich denke die meinen schon beim Anleger, da es sich nämlich um eine Dividende handelt, wird die Palmzuteilung wohl wie eine solche besteuert. Nix Genaues weiß ich aber auch nicht!

Aber nochmal zum Kurs: Wenn der jetzt nur wegen dem Spinoff/Zuteilung steigt, gleichzeitig aber Analysten vom Kauf zu diesem Zeitpunkt abraten, sehe ich ja echt schwarz für den 28.07.! Fällt der dann wirklich um den Wert der 1,5 Palmaktien und die jetzt eingepreiste Fantasie?????

Wenn ja, dannn schnell vorher wieder verkaufen, bin eh seit Kauf im März das erste mal im plus!

Hoffe auf weitere Meinungen zum Kursverlauf,
mfg und schönes Wochenende
elefantino
Habe eben mal die Kurse in den USA abgerufen.3Com (COMS)73 5/8 Dollar,3Com/Palm (COMSV)12 15/16 Dollar.Ich unterstelle mal,daß der Kurs hier zum Split ähnlich sein wird.Hinzu kommt,daß die Zocker einen vernünftigen Kurs verhindern werden.
Trabacho
Es wäre besser gewesen der SZ-Redakteur hätte mal ein bisschen
Pitus 3Com-Threat gelesen.

Er schreibt für jede 3Com Aktie erhält der Anleger 1.54 Palm Aktien,
die korrekte Anzahl ist jedoch 1,484 Palm Aktien.

Was soll ich von so einem schlecht recherchiertem Artiel halten?

Mich vielleicht ins Boxhorn jagen lassen? Zum Schluss will er einem
noch Angst machen, indem er schreibt

Zitat:
"Zehn Topmanager haben bei der Börsenaufsicht angemeldet Aktienpakete
der eigenen Firma im Wert von Hundert Millionen Dollar verkaufen
zu wollen"

Ja meine Herren, die werden mit Optionen bezahlt und wollen
natürlich auch bei guten Kursen verkaufen.


grüsse (bin jeder fundierten Kritik aufgeschlossen, aber der Aktikel
war einfach Quatsch)
3com dürfte nach wie vor noch Luft nach oben haben. Immerhin hortet der Konzern
Cashbestände (nicht zuletzt aufgrund des Börseganges Palm- 6 %) in der Höhe von
ca. 9 USD pro Aktie.

Es ist natürlich alles vom Kursverlauf der Palm Anteile abhängig(letzter Kurs 45,4375 USD)
mal 1,5 = 68 USD nimmt man an das 3com nach dem 28.07. nicht unter seinen Cashbeständen von
9 USD notieren wird ergibt sich ein innerer Wert von mindestens 77 USD zur Zeit.

- das operative Geschäft von 3com (Server-Herst. und Modem Sparte) ist in dieser Rechnung noch gar nicht
berücksichtig. Das 3com für heuer ein negatives Ergebnis einfahren wird ist jeden bekannt und auf
die Umstrukturierung des Konzerns zurückzuführen

da Palm derzeit einen charttechnischen Ausbruch vollzogen hat bleibe ich noch drinnen obwohl die
Aktien kurzfristig überkauft sind und eine Korrektur kommen sollte

Gruß

mike
3Com Simplifies Converged Network Management for Enterprise Customers and Small Businesses
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2000--


Transcend(R) Network Supervisor Allows Users to Discover, Map and Monitor Converged Networks

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced new management software features that deliver easier-to-use network management, enabling customers to set up and manage networks effortlessly. 3Com(R) Transcend(R) Network Supervisor 2.0 offers a new level of support and simplicity to managing enterprise networks and offers more automation for small businesses. The new Transcend Network Supervisor enhancements include increased scalability, Palm(TM) handheld computer management, new NBX(R) LAN telephony system support, enhanced network discovery, improved device recognition and improved display. Ideal for businesses with limited or overworked technical staff, Transcend Network Supervisor automatically discovers, maps out and monitors the network.

"3Com has developed a way for network management to be easier than ever before to meet a manager`s need to focus on enhancing performance, ensuring uptime and solving business issues," said Karen Oddey, vice president and general manager of workgroup systems, Business Networks Group, 3Com. "As 3Com helps customers set up their automated networks, it is phenomenal how much time and money a business organization can save when network management is radically simple and reliable."

The delivery of the new version of Transcend Network Supervisor underscores 3Com`s focus on simplifying networking for both enterprise customers and small businesses. As the market leader in small business (reported by Cahners In-Stat, May 2000), 3Com provides a network management solution ideal for small business customers needing intuitively simple solutions. In addition, continuing to provide network solutions to enterprise customers, 3Com ties together the SuperStack(R) switches, NBX LAN telephony system and 3Com Internet security using Transcend Network Supervisor. For the more experienced administrator, Transcend Network Supervisor provides advanced features to help enhance network performance, including stress monitoring, event logging and alert generation functions.

"The smooth, continuous operation of our Gigabit Ethernet network is critical to every student, faculty and staff member who depend on it for research, collaborative communications or administrative work," said Ivana Corinti, assistant director, telecommunications, Mercy College. "Using 3Com`s new Transcend Network Supervisor 2.0, we have a bird`s eye view into all of our 1,500 network nodes to monitor stress levels on a per-device basis. As a result, we`re able to manage the network proactively and sustain the network performance and uptime our users require."

New Features of Transcend Network Supervisor

Transcend Network Supervisor is a successful network management solution, which was introduced last year with its small business support, its graphical view of the network, its monitoring of device stress levels and its easy navigation for users to identify problems. The following are the new enhancements to Network Supervisor 2.0: -- increased scalability to 1,500 nodes - per network map - that are automatically discovered; -- key network information can be exported to and examined by Palm handhelds; -- discovery and display of 3Com NBX LAN telephony system and NBX business telephones; -- improved recognition of end stations and their operating systems during discovery and in the topology maps;

-- simple launch of device management directly from network map;

-- simpler defaults of information, and;

-- improved graphical user interface.

While focused on providing optimal management for 3Com devices, Transcend Network Supervisor can also identify and monitor non 3Com devices and show where they fit into the network topology.

Pricing and Availability

Transcend Network Supervisor 2.0 is free software that is expected to become available in August 2000 on 3Com`s Web site (www.3com.com/tns) and bundled in a wide range of 3Com commercial products. Also included is one year of free 3Com technical support.

Other New 3Com Network Management Announcements

To inform enterprise customers of enhanced management solutions, 3Com also announced today new versions of advanced network management products - Transcend Network Control Services v1.2 for Windows NT and Transcend Enterprise Manager v6.3 for Windows NT. These products are suitable for customers using 3Com`s Switch 4007 and SuperStack II 9100 switch in more intricate enterprise networks. Both products have a new feature called Address Tracker, which provides IP address tracking and IP-to-MAC address correlation for network devices and end-user nodes. Transcend Network Control Services v1.2 and Transcend Enterprise Manager v6.3 offer support for 3Com`s most current device agents. In addition, Transcend Enterprise Manager is now offered at only $995.
Gentlemen!

Ist es moeglich dass ein

40 Call November PALM

nur USD 2.125 kostet im moment (bei einem stand von Palm USD 41.50)

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Biotechholder,
wo siehst Du NASDAQ-Calls?
Ich nehme mal ein Bezugverhältnis 10:1 an,dann hast Du einen
break even von 61,25$. Ansichtssache, ob Du damit Geld machst.
gruss
rck
an rck:

eben nicht!! das bezugsverhaeltnis ist 1 zu 1 !!!

(abgesehen davon dass Du beim kauf von 1 Call automatisch zum kauf
von 100 Aktien berechtigt bist, dh, 100 * USD 2.-- = USD 200.--

Wenn Palm irgendwann bis mitte november auf 50 steigt, bis du USD
10.-- im Geld, also 100 * USD 10.-- = USD 1`000.-- = Nettogewinn

USD 800.-- =

400 % !!

deswegen, kann ichs ja kaum glauben dass die so billig sind, das
ist aber wahrscheinlich weil alle meinen Palm wird sinken, am stichtag, dies wird aber zu 99.99% NICHT der fall sein, denn
leute kaufen ja jetzt 3com, um die gratisdividende in form von
palm zu kassiern, d.h. ein tag nach dem spin-off wird 3com um
ziemlich genau den betrag fallen, an dem Palm am stichtag steht!!!

hier der link

http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=UPYKH.X&d=t

greetings

fox

www.feel.ch
AG Edwards reduziert sein Rating für 3Com (COMS) von BUY auf MAINTAIN Position.
Habe mehrere Fragen:
1. Also, wann fällt der Kurs von 3COM, nach oder schon vor dem 27.7.?
2. Ist es besser zu verkaufen und Gewinne zu realisieren (bin mittlerweile mit 75 % im Plus), oder soll man das aussitzen?
3. Wenn ich meine Aktien am 28.07. verkaufe, kriege ich dann trotzdem die Palmaktien?

Danke für eure Antworten!
anbei nochmals die antwort von HenryIV, er trifft den punkt
ziemlich genau!

---------------------------------------------------------------------
(meine meinung: wenn du langfristig denkst 3com behalten egal was
passiert, wenn du mittel- bis langfristig denkst auch Palm behalten!!

greetings fox / www.feel.ch)
---------------------------------------------------------------------

@ ALLE, die nach dem spin-off günstig einsteigen wollen.

Sicher, das Risiko vor dem spin-off einzusteigen ist größer.
Allerdings winken dabei aber auch höhere Gewinne.

Seht Euch doch mal den spin-off von MIPS von SGI (dt.Kürzel SIG)
an. Dort wurden auch jede Menge Aktien (65 % von MIPS in Form der B-Aktien)
auf den Markt geworfen, wodurch der Kurs der B Aktie kurzzeitig nach unten
ging. Hatte man aber auf SGI als Mutter gesetzt, hat man am spin-off
Tag trotzdem einen Buchgewinn von fast 30 % gemacht (Wert von SGI
plus Wert MIPS). Dadurch waren die folgenden Kursverluste der MIPSB
leicht zu verschmerzen und gestern hat der Markt die Konzentration
auf die Kernkompetenz bei SGI auch wieder voll honoriert.

Für mich ist deshalb ein Einstieg über die 3Com Aktie in Palm
aussichtsreich. auch hier wird der Markt die Kernsparte von 3Com
wieder höher bewerten, wenn Palm draußen ist.

HenryIV
Rippe & Kingston Chooses 3Com to Drive Enterprise Resource Planning At Customer Sites

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2000--

Powerful 3Com(R)Networks Deliver Fully Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning Product at Consulting Firm`s 300 Client Law Firms Nationwide

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) announced today that Rippe & Kingston (R&K), a leading national software developer, CPA and consultant based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is using 3Com(R) networks at its customer sites in order to deploy its integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions on a "best-of-breed" environment from the server to the desktop. Using 3Com`s SuperStack(R) II Gigabit Ethernet switches, R&K delivers the "Rolls Royce" of ERP applications to law firms, which can instantly access and fully leverage those solutions to help improve productivity, profitability and customer service.

Founded in 1976, R&K is an IBM Premier and Lotus Notes business partner. To date, the 250-employee company has implemented ERP solutions for 300 firms in 44 U.S. states. Whether consulting for a five-member or a 700-member law firm, R&K gives every client expert service, born out of extensive research and practical experience.

Powered by 3Com`s network, R&K delivers a full suite of 17-20 mission-critical ERP applications, incorporating all aspects of law practices` operations, from attorney/client histories to accounting. Accounts payable, for instance, utilizes the ERP software`s Time, Billing and Accounts Receivable program to effortlessly track hours billed, inquire into a client`s account or request an invoice - a capability that saves most firms 12 percent per year in lost revenue.

Similarly, the network-driven ERP system`s Docket Control/Case Management System gives attorneys reliable access to statute of limitations information, helping them prepare informed cases before going into court. In a felony case, if an attorney cannot access statute information because the firm`s network has buckled, the client`s case could be severely compromised and the firm may lose millions of dollars. Using R&K`s solution based on 3Com switches, law firms can access up-to-the-minute data instantly - any time, day or night.

The 3Com network also drives proprietary groupware applications that work in tandem with R&K`s ERP solutions. Sitting on a single IBM AS/400 64-bit server as opposed to a server farm, these programs "talk" to each other, thereby eliminating dual or conflicting entries. R&K`s Personal Calendar Management application, for example, converses with the Docket Control/Case Management System to alert attorneys via an error message on their PCs if they mistakenly schedule a vacation day on a court day. Furthermore, the company`s document management application helps increase productivity and improve customer service by allowing employees to view lists of every document produced for each client without having to search congested file rooms.

"Our success as an ERP solutions provider is contingent upon how effortlessly and efficiently our clients can use our software," said Paul Truax, R&K`s director of sales and marketing. "Though they can run in any network environment, we recognize that we are best served when they exist in the sturdiest environment possible. 3Com networks provide that environment and are now a major component of our total solution."

Designed for Reliability

R&K`s standardization of its clients` networks on 3Com systems emanated from its need to run its ERP solution on a fast and reliable networking solution. Previously, the company deployed shared Token Ring and Ethernet systems from a variety of vendors at its client sites that compromised the ERP solutions` performance. After testing equipment from leading vendors, R&K chose 3Com`s Gigabit Ethernet local area network (LAN) solution based on SuperStack II switches.

"3Com gave us the best price/performance of any vendor," said Truax. "Using 3Com systems, we can confidently provide clients with the best-of-breed connectivity they need to optimize our ERP solutions` operations, which increases our competitive advantage."

Based on R&K`s recommendations, the law firm clients with 75 to 100 employees generally deploy a LAN based on one 3Com SuperStack 9300 switch with 1000 Mbps connections to SuperStack II 3300 switches and SuperStack II DualSpeed Hub 500s. The SuperStack II 3330 switches and SuperStack II 500 hubs likewise connect at 10/100 Mbps to IBM or Dell Pentium III desktops, equipped with 3Com Fast EtherLink(R) NICs. Similarly, the core SuperStack II 9300 switch links to a single IBM AS/400 64-bit server. R&K additionally acts as an application host for smaller law firms that cannot afford the needed internal systems support. These smaller firms usually employ one SuperStack II 3300 switch, connecting at 100 Mbps to a non 3Com router, which then links back to a Rippe`s host facilities.

"3Com allows us to give our clients the outstanding ERP service they demand," concluded Truax. "3Com`s performance assures us that no matter what new software we develop over the years, its solutions will be right there to deliver them quickly and reliably."
S&P says Palm to replace 3Com in S&P500 Index

NEW YORK, July 20 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor`s said on Thursday handheld computer maker Palm Inc. <PALM.O> will replace computer networking equipment maker 3Com Corp. <COMS.O> in its closely watched S&P 500 Index after the close of trading on July 27.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based 3Com is spinning off its 94.3 percent interest in Santa Clara, Calif.-based Palm to 3Com shareholders in a deal that is expected to close on July 27.

Standard & Poor`s also said 3Com will replace Burlington Industries Inc. <BUR.N> in the S&P MidCap 400 Index. Burlington Industries is being removed for lack of representation.

Shares of Palm, which went public on March 2, closed up 1-7/8 at 36-3/4 on the Nasdaq stock market. 3Com shares rose 3-7/8 to close at 66-5/8 on the Nasdaq.
3Com Corporation and MetaSolv Software Team to Provide `Best of Breed` Solution for Fast, Accurate Communications Services Provisioning

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2000--

Solution Will Integrate CommWorks(R) 5020 netActivate(tm)
Intelligent Activation System with MetaSolv`s
Telecom Business Solution(tm) Software

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced it is teaming with MetaSolv Software, Inc. of Plano, Texas (Nasdaq:MSLV), a leading provider of order management and service fulfillment software solutions for next-generation communications providers, to develop a "best-of-breed" software solution for operational support systems (OSS) provisioning. 3Com Carrier Networks Business intends to integrate its CommWorks(R)5020 netActivate(tm) intelligent activation system with the open architecture of MetaSolv`s Telecom Business Solution(tm) (TBS(tm)) software to provide flow-through provisioning for voice and data services. The integrated solution will enable communications companies to increase the number of service orders they can activate and deliver quickly to subscribers.

New OSS solutions that streamline processes and automate tasks involved with ordering through activation are critical to next-generation IP-based networks as service providers look to quickly and accurately add new subscribers, reduce customer "churn" and lower network and service management costs. 3Com Carrier Networks will integrate to TBS software application program interfaces (APIs). When the integration is completed, the CommWorks 5020 netActivate system will accept and provision orders generated by the MetaSolv TBS order management system. 3Com Carrier Networks intends to have the integration completed by the end of the third quarter 2000.

"Rapid, accurate order provisioning has long been a problem for communications service providers," said Robert Rich, executive vice president, The Yankee Group. "Traditionally, order provisioning has been a resource-intensive, high cost manual task, prone to human error. This relationship should facilitate a systems linkage that will reduce human error and lower the cost and time to activate services for customers."

"Integrating 3Com`s flow-through service activation solution for voice, data, circuit-switched, and broadband services with MetaSolv`s TBS software will help automate the entire ordering, service fulfillment and service delivery process, helping next-generation service providers improve service deployment," said Kelly Green, director of business alliances at MetaSolv Software.

"This integration will provide a `best-of-breed` solution, giving service providers a faster, less costly and more accurate method for flow-through provisioning," said Glen Hellman, vice president, OSS, 3Com Carrier Networks.

Network and Service Management in the CommWorks Architecture

Network and service management is an integral part of the CommWorks architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.

The CommWorks 5020 netActivate intelligent activation system and other CommWorks 5000-level network and service management products reside in the management and control layer (tier 2) of the three-tier CommWorks architecture. This highlights the critical role performed by the system in mediating between service management, provisioning and assurance operations and the underlying network elements over which services are provided. As service providers expand their offerings and extend the "reach" of their networks, they need a solution that simplifies network and service management and OSS. The CommWorks 5000 network and service management system and products meet this requirement by providing a solution that can reduce operating costs while enhancing the ability to generate new revenues.

The CommWorks 5020 netActivate intelligent activation system from 3Com Carrier Networks is a next-generation platform for service activation, giving service providers intelligent flow-through activation, validation and notification for telecommunication system provisioning. It provides critical OSS services for automated activation, provisioning and validation of next-generation services. It features a high performance and flexible rules-based engine to support the accurate modeling of operator networks. More than two dozen major incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and inter-exchange carriers (IXCs) are currently using components of the solution.

MetaSolv`s Telecom Business Solution (TBS)

TBS software enables service providers to manage the complexities of providing multiple telecommunications services over a diverse, interconnected network. TBS software is composed of a set of subsystems and modules that are integrated by a common repository of business data and processes. Integrated subsystems support critical areas of a service provider`s business, including order management, service provisioning, network inventory and design, customer care, trouble management, and work management. In addition, each subsystem can be extended with add-on modules that support a variety of telecommunications services, including resale or wholesale voice, data or Internet services, as well as network technologies, such as broadband wireless, SONET, ATM/Frame Relay, and DSL.

About MetaSolv Software, Inc.

MetaSolv Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSLV) headquartered in Plano, Texas, was founded in 1992. MetaSolv is a leading provider of order management and service fulfillment solutions for next-generation communications providers. MetaSolv`s Telecom Business Solution(tm) (TBS(tm)) software integrates a communications provider`s business from network planning and engineering to operations and customer care. With MetaSolv`s TBS software, communications providers can quickly and efficiently respond to market demand, optimize their service fulfillment processes, and build stronger relationships with their customers. MetaSolv is an active participant in the Ordering & Billing Forum (OBF), TeleManagement Forum (TMF) and the new Application Service Provider (ASP) Consortium. MetaSolv has regional offices in Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, McLean, VA and London. MetaSolv`s web site is www.metasolv.com, or contact MetaSolv directly at 800/747-0791.
3Com, Extended Systems to Provide Complete Bluetooth Solution for Windows Operating Systems

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 7, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) and Extended
Systems (Nasdaq:XTND) announced today at Bluetooth UnPlugFest-3 an agreement to co-develop Bluetooth solutions for the
Microsoft Windows platforms.

The companies will cooperate to deliver a complete suite of Bluetooth data management applications, protocol stacks and hardware
adapters to consumers, manufacturers, businesses and OEM customers.

"3Com and Extended Systems are bringing the benefits of Bluetooth to mobile, Windows and handheld users by offering radically
simple, feature-rich connectivity," said Rick Maule, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Connectivity Division at 3Com.
"For early adopting end-users, our collaboration with Extended Systems also provides immediate compatibility and high-quality
communications between personal computers enabled by 3Com`s Bluetooth offerings and Palm(tm) handhelds -- the most pervasive
handheld computers on the market. Bluetooth is a key element in 3Com`s mission to connect consumers and commercial organizations
to information and services in more innovative, simple and reliable ways than any other communications company."

3Com`s extensive knowledge and delivery of mobile connectivity hardware and software solutions combined with Extended Systems
Bluetooth and data management application expertise establishes a solid foundation for a powerful Bluetooth product line.

"This collaboration with 3Com reflects a combined focus on delivering universally compatible Bluetooth support for PCs and portable
devices," said Steve Simpson, president and CEO of Extended Systems. "Our goal is to deliver on the promise of Bluetooth by
providing a wireless path to seamless, on-demand communication. Adding the Windows OS and data management applications
introduces another critical pillar for end-users to realize the power of Bluetooth."

Through this agreement, 3Com and Extended Systems plan to provide a solution for manufacturers and end-users who want to
implement Bluetooth wireless technology with existing Windows-based PCs. Combining 3Com`s mobile connectivity leadership in
wireless technologies with Extended Systems` mobile data management and Bluetooth expertise, provides a foundation for broad
adoption of Bluetooth wireless technology.

3Com will use its Bluetooth hardware and the jointly developed Windows software suite to offer a complete end-user ready solution
for synchronizing and managing data between PCs and Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices. Extended Systems will provide device and
PC manufacturers with Windows development kits, protocol stacks and data management applications.

About Bluetooth


Bluetooth technology is a global specification for small form factor, low-cost, wireless communication and networking between PCs,
mobile phones and other portable devices. Endorsed by leading PC, PDA, and telecommunications manufacturers, Bluetooth uses an
omni-directional radio signal to connect multiple devices up to 10 meters apart. Bluetooth technology is expected to help redefine the
personal communications market by expanding the capabilities of mobile devices. According to market research firm Cahners In-Stat
Group, there will be over 670 million Bluetooth enabled devices worldwide by 2005.

3Com is one of nine companies leading the 1,800-member Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which was formed in May 1998.
3Com nominated and helped confirm Extended Systems as an Associate member along with a select group of other companies such
as Hewlett-Packard. These leadership positions in Bluetooth will enable 3Com and Extended Systems to continue to shape the
standards for the second generation of Bluetooth technology. For more information, please visit www.bluetooth.com.
:) :) Hallo Freunde :) :)

Kennt jemand kostenlose Realtimeprogramme mit PUSH-Funktion

Danke
3Com Ranked #1 in U.S. Mid-Sized Business Networking Market by Cahners In-Stat Group

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 8, 2000--Recently announced results from Cahners In-Stat (July 2000)
establishes 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) as #1 among networking equipment vendors for the U.S. mid-sized business
market, beating out Cisco Systmes, Nortel Networks, Intel and Hewlett Packard. The report, "Growth Market Rankings for
Network Hardware: Middle Market, 2H 1999," attributes 3Com`s leadership to its comprehensive product portfolio, serving the
specific requirements of mid-sized businesses, combined with a strong reseller channel.

Defining mid-sized businesses as companies with 100-999 employees, the report recognizes 3Com`s "much more targeted approach"
on providing simple networking solutions to mid-sized businesses as complementary to 3Com`s strength and #1 market leadership
position in the small business networking segment.

"The networking requirements of mid-sized firms have certainly evolved over the last few years. These firms are supporting a growing
number of small remote offices, as well as more telecommuters, leading their investment in small office networking solutions, in addition
to more remote access hardware," said Kneko Burney, director of eBusiness Infrastructure & Services for Cahners In-Stat Group.
"Because of its expertise in the small office networking market and continued innovation, 3Com had no trouble garnering position in
these rankings."

3Com continues to develop and deliver radically simple solutions that are cost-effective, reliable and practical for mid-sized
businesses. Customers can position their businesses for growth in the e-business marketplace using several 3Com solutions:

--SuperStack(R) II switches for high-speed LAN infrastructure;

--NBX(R) 100 Communications System for robust voice solutions;

--AirConnect(R) wireless LAN system for wireless connectivity and
mobility, and;

--3Com(R) network interface cards (NICs), PC cards and broadband
devices for desktop access, laptop access and remote access.


3Com`s #1 ranking in the mid-size market complements the #1 Cahners ranking that 3Com presently holds in the small business
market. Because 3Com has the brand recognition, product portfolio and a working understanding of the small business and mid-size
markets, customers will continue to choose 3Com.
3Com Launches $100 Million `Radically Simple` Brand Campaign to Support New Focus
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2000-- Integrated Brand Program Introduces 3Com`s Focus On Radically Simple, Rich Technology Solutions for Everyday Life

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today launched a $100 million global integrated brand campaign that captures the networking company`s focus on delivering functionally rich yet radically simple network solutions for businesses and consumers.

"This campaign powerfully illustrates what 3Com is all about," said Bruce Claflin, 3Com president and chief operating officer. "Our ads present real-life problems and simple solutions. 3Com helps people accomplish more through functionally rich yet radically simple network solutions. Our ads clearly demonstrate the value we bring to customers."

3Com`s new advertising campaign targets high-growth markets, including the consumer market, while building on its existing leadership in the small- and medium-sized business markets. 3Com is a leading provider of broadband connections and provides simple home networking solutions that allow consumers to easily connect to the Internet. 3Com is the recognized leader in the small- and medium-sized business markets, earning No. 1 rankings in both markets from Cahners In-Stat Group. The company provides a breadth of networking and Internet solutions for businesses, including network interface cards, local area networks, wireless, remote access, broadband and more.

3Com`s "Anyone" campaign for television and print advertising illustrates potential real-life networking problems and offers simple 3Com solutions. One television spot for 3Com`s wireless solutions portrays a worker rushing to finish a project who is distracted by a coughing, throat-clearing colleague at a nearby desk. The spot poses the question, "Wireless network anyone?" and a narrator provides 3Com`s solution to the busy executive`s problem: "3Com lets you get up and work where you want while still connected to the network." The "anyone" theme is continued in the print advertisements, which demonstrate an everyday networking problem and provide 3Com`s solution to security, wireless and LAN telephony needs.

The first phase of the integrated brand campaign, created by Lowe Lintas & Partners, New York, initially targets U.S. business markets, with consumer and international advertising to follow in the fall. The television commercials will appear on cable channels such as CNN, Discovery, Comedy Central, The History Channel and ESPN, beginning today, and the print ads will appear in publications such as Newsweek, Time, Smart Money, Yahoo Internet Life and the Wall Street Journal.

The campaign encompasses business and consumer benefits from 3Com`s strategic development of solutions in five high-growth technology areas -- wireless, broadband access, home networking, LAN telephony and Voice over Internet Protocol -- which simplify everyone`s life.

About Lowe Lintas & Partners

Lowe Lintas & Partners is the global advertising arm of The Lowe Group. The Lowe Group was founded in London in 1981 and now ranks among the world`s top five agency groups, with billing in excess of US $12 billion and offices in over 80 countries. Lowe is a member of the Interpublic Groups of Companies (NYSE:IPG).
Agilent Technologies Selects 3Com Total Control 1000 Cable Modem Termination System for Cablelabs Testbed

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS), a leading provider of carrier-class cable modem termination systems (CMTS), today announced that Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) has selected the 3Com(R) Total Control(R) 1000 platform as a supported CMTS for the Agilent cable modem interoperability testbed developed for Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs(R)), the industry`s premier testing organization for cable modem interoperability. 3Com and Agilent have co-developed software for the Total Control 1000 CMTS to address Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) testing requirements. Accordingly, Agilent will furnish CableLabs with a testbed incorporating the 3Com Total Control 1000 CMTS for use in an upcoming CableLabs DOCSIS modem certification wave.

The Agilent cable modem testbed combines the 3Com Total Control 1000 CMTS with Agilent test equipment, including Agilent`s vector signal analyzer, vector signal generator, digitizing oscilloscope, power meter, DOCSIS protocol analyzer, RF switches and filters.

"The Total Control 1000 CMTS continues to be recognized as the most flexible and scalable platform within the data-over-cable industry," stated Irfan Ali, senior vice president and general manager, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "Being selected as a major contributor to Agilent`s test system further illustrates how the 3Com CommWorks(R) architecture is helping to ensure cable modem interoperability and further advance broadband technology to the benefit of cable operators and their subscribers." 3Com CMTS Provides Unique Advantages for Agilent Testbed

The 3Com Total Control 1000 CMTS is an important option for Agilent`s cable modem testbed design - a comprehensive testing platform that addresses the increasing number and complexity of data-over-cable equipment. By incorporating the 3Com Total Control 1000 CMTS into Agilent`s testbed, a device-control environment that provides a comprehensive set of DOCSIS physical and Media Access Control (MAC) layer characteristics, equipment states and condition data can be created and collected for evaluation. The Total Control 1000 CMTS supports every Test Support Interface (TSI) required by the Agilent testbed to easily create and control special conditions using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and can be easily adapted to support future testing requirements such as the emerging DOCSIS 1.1 specification and Voice-over-IP (VoIP).

With 3Com Total Control 1000 CMTS implementation, the Agilent testbed allows complete test-data collection and the ability to study a cable modem`s complex processes and operations, from initial ranging through enrollment completion and normal operation. This includes more in-depth reverse plant signaling and TDMA burst analysis than previously possible during CableLabs certification waves, thus advancing the thorough nature of the industry`s premiere interoperability testing program.

3Com Total Control 1000 CMTS solutions are part of the CommWorks architecture, a comprehensive, modular and open definition for the design and deployment of service-capable packet networks by service providers of all types. The CommWorks architecture is the only industry offering that provides unique service and provisioning capabilities to truly extend revenue opportunities for cable operators. Additionally, the CommWorks architecture is the only industry offering with two CableLabs-qualified CMTS solutions:

-- the 3Com Total Control 1000 Standard CMTS, which meets and
exceeds most cable operator requirements for internet broadband
access solutions; and

-- the 3Com Total Control 1000 Enhanced CMTS, a next-generation CMTS
system designed to support extremely large-scale deployments and
meet the needs of cable operators seeking to extend their
offerings to next-generation subscriber services.

All Total Control 1000 Standard CMTS systems are completely upgradable to the enhanced CMTS solution and both CMTS solutions are fully software upgradable to provide DOCSIS 1.1 compliance. About the CommWorks Architecture

The CommWorks architecture encompasses all areas of 3Com`s carrier portfolio, reflecting the multiservice nature of the company`s offerings in enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data access, and broadband access. The CommWorks architecture gives service providers a cohesive, methodical migration path as they shift from circuit-based networks to feature-rich and efficient packet-based IP networks. The architecture includes a full line of products and services to support complete IP-based infrastructures. With open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture allows service providers worldwide to quickly develop differentiated enhanced services and stake out leadership positions in their markets. 3Com Carrier Networks developed the CommWorks architecture in a standards-based environment designed to drive the evolution of IP-offerings through partnerships that will provide the building blocks for the next-generation of telecommunication service providers.
3Com Defends Technology Leadership With Patent Infringement Suit Against Xircom

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 18, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today took further steps in its efforts to protect certain intellectual property associated with the structure and features of its award-winning PC Cards, as well as technology developed in connection with its research and development efforts in the area of PC cards. On May 26, 2000, 3Com filed a complaint for patent infringement against Xircom (Nasdaq:XIRC) in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. 3Com had withheld serving the complaint in an effort to negotiate a reasonable business solution to the dispute, but the parties have not been able to come to terms. 3Com has therefore served Xircom with the complaint and will now pursue protection of its intellectual property rights in the courts.

As a leader in mobile connectivity, 3Com develops simple and reliable solutions that keep customers connected to vital information -- regardless of where they travel. 3Com Megahertz PC Cards use innovative technology to deliver the industry`s fastest network connections and offer a host of features to overcome the hassles often associated with remote network access. 3Com has been issued 387 U.S. patents for various networking and other inventions.

"3Com carefully protects the intellectual property that enables us to deliver best-of-class connectivity solutions and promotes a fair, competitive market," said Jef Graham, senior vice president and general manager of 3Com`s Commercial and Consumer Business Unit. "We proactively employed reasonable business means to resolve the issue outside of the courts, but were unable to reach a resolution with Xircom."

The litigation is based on two sets of 3Com patents. The first patent describes a "contact block" that facilitates electrical connection between a plug at the end of a communication line and a host device (U.S. Patent No. 6,012,953, Surface Mountable Electrical Connector System).

The second series of patents refers to 3Com`s exclusive Digital Line Guard technology, which protects the PC Card, and potentially the PC, from damage due to excessive voltage if accidentally connected to digital or PBX phone lines. 3Com was awarded three patents for this technology (U.S. Patents 5,532,898, 5,696,660 and 5,777,836).
3Com Achieves Significant Manufacturing Milestones
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 21, 2000--


Worldwide Manufacturing Facilities Achieve ISO 14001 Certification; 3Com Named One of IndustryWeek`s "World`s 100 Best-Managed Companies"

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced it has achieved two significant manufacturing milestones that demonstrate the company`s commitment to the highest-caliber manufacturing and supply chain operations. First, the company`s Santa Clara, Calif. manufacturing facility received ISO 14001 certification, making 3Com one of the first Bay Area networking manufacturers to receive this internationally recognized symbol of excellence in the management of environment issues and operations within an organization. Second, 3Com was included in IndustryWeek Magazine`s annual roster of the "World`s 100 Best-Managed Companies."

"In our last fiscal year, one of 3Com`s objectives was to streamline and improve our operations," said John McClelland, 3Com`s senior vice president of Supply Chain Operations. "The ISO 14001 certification, combined with the IndustryWeek recognition, demonstrate 3Com has positioned itself as a leader in supply chain and manufacturing operations. These accomplishments, in addition the resulting bottom-line benefit through supply chain improvements, clearly communicate that 3Com is on track for success."

During the past fiscal year, 3Com centralized its manufacturing, which helped it make it a leader in the networking industry for important supply chain metrics. These metrics include cash-to-cash cycle and inventory turns. 3Com reduced the number of days it took to receive payment for products after paying for supplies by more than 50 percent to 30 days during FY2000. 3Com also increased inventory turns to 8.0 during FY2000, and it has further improvements planned. At the same time, 3Com achieved ISO 14001 certification at all of the company`s worldwide manufacturing facilities, demonstrating the company`s commitment to environmentally friendly corporate practices by minimizing the environmental impact of all aspects of its manufacturing.

The ISO 14001 standard is an internationally recognized symbol of excellence in the management of environmental issues and operations within an organization. The standard is used as a guidance tool and a model on which to base a successful approach to the control of environmental issues of an organization`s activities, products and services.

By controlling environmental emissions consistent with the ISO 14001 guidelines, 3Com is contributing to a healthier living environment in the community and in the world. Minimizing waste generation reduces demands on raw materials and lowers the burden on waste disposal facilities. Diverting reduced wastes to recycling options fuels resource and economic regeneration.

With the certification of 3Com`s Santa Clara manufacturing facilities, 3Com has attained ISO 14001 certification in each of its global manufacturing sites, including its supply chain integration center in Dublin and its Singapore manufacturing facility. In addition, the company previously received ISO 9001 certification at each of these facilities.

In addition to the ISO 14001 certification, 3Com has been included on this year`s IndustryWeek list of the "World`s 100 Best-Managed Companies." The annual list recognizes manufacturing companies that excel not only financially, but also set the standard in areas such as innovation, leadership, globalization, alliances and partnerships, employee benefits and education, and community involvement.
3Com Park Goes Wireless; 3Com Brings a New Perspective to the Game for 49er Fans; 3Com Quarterbacks All-Pro Team

SANTA CLARA, Calif--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced it is building a wireless network at 3Com Park that will change how 49er fans enjoy the game. Following on the announcement earlier this month that 3Com will continue to sponsor 3Com Park, today`s announcement marks the dawn of a new era in sports entertainment.

3Com is quarterbacking a team made up of other industry leaders that will blend each company`s unique skills into a first-of-its-kind communications system. The system will make its debut early in the 2000-2001 football season at 3Com Park. Fans in the luxury suites will be able to use PDAs to communicate with each other in the stadium and with fans watching or listening to the game at home. The PDAs will also let fans look up statistics on the players and team. Additional portions of the stadium will have access to the system as the season continues. 3Com is also actively pursuing development of other applications to enhance spectator`s enjoyment of the game.

The wireless network technology is the first in a number of initiatives developed by 3Com and marchFIRST (Nasdaq:MRCH), a leading global professional services company. 3Com formed a strategic alliance with marchFIRST last December to develop, market and deliver e-Business solutions.

A Touchdown for Fans and the 49ers

"3Com believes communication and information can be an important part of the sports experience," said Bruce Claflin, 3Com president and chief operating officer. "It`s fun to share the high-fives and even the heartbreak with our friends while attending a game. And many fans like to delve into the stats that reveal a deeper level of the sport. 3Com will put all of this -- and more -- at the fingertips of 49er fans at 3Com Park this coming season. We think this play is a touchdown for fans and the 49ers."

"Given that the 49ers are deep in the heart of Silicon Valley, it`s only fitting that this team brings the cutting edge of technology to its fans so they can have even more fun at the game," said Peter Harris the new president of the San Francisco 49ers. "And it`s only fitting that 3Com figure out a way to make the experience easy to enjoy so that our fans do not even notice the technology."

3Com is also meeting with other teams regarding how they might roll out this communications system and create a national network.

3Com Makes History with 3Com Park

In March 1996, 3Com became the first high technology company to sponsor a sports stadium in the United States, sparking a trend in major cities around the country to offset operating costs through corporate investments. Today, almost fifty sports facilities have corporate sponsors.

3Com Park was formally renamed in March of 1996. At that time, the 3Com Park name and logo were installed throughout the stadium while the City of San Francisco supported the initiative by installing new signs on major roadways. Under this new agreement, 3Com`s name and logo will continue to prominently be displayed at the stadium.
RoweCom Deploys Innovative 3Com NBX 100 Telephone System to Bolster Growing Knowledge Services Business
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2000--


World-Leading Provider of Knowledge Resources for Fortune 1000 Firms Saves Costs and Boosts Productivity by Standardizing on Advanced LAN Telephone Technology

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced that Cambridge, MA-based RoweCom, the leader in empowering knowledge-based communities to work smarter, is deploying the 3Com(R) NBX(R) 100 Communications System to provide premium-quality telephone communications over its 3Com Ethernet local area networks (LANs). Citing tremendous cost savings over conventional telephony and PBX systems, RoweCom plans to install NBX telephone systems at its sites in six countries, providing productivity-enhancing features for its 780 employees, such as CTI (computer-telephone integration), on-screen dialing from popular contact management applications and the integration of voicemail and email.

Founded in 1994, and a pioneer in business-to-business e-commerce, RoweCom develops and operates global web-based solutions that enable knowledge-based communities to purchase, manage, and use comprehensive knowledge resources and e-content such as magazines, newspapers, journals and books. The firm provides 200,000 titles online, as well as 13 million books via RoweCom partner, barnesandnoble.com. RoweCom`s clients range from industry leaders such as PriceWaterhouse Coopers and KPMG Peat Marwick to academic libraries. The company has subsidiaries in Canada, England, France, Spain and Australia, Korea, as well as several offices across the U.S.

The 3Com NBX system allows RoweCom to leverage its Ethernet LANs by using the networks` cabling to support telephone services. By converging data and voice traffic into its existing infrastructure, which is based on high-speed SuperStack switches, the firm eliminates the need for separate wiring for its telephones. The NBX telephones connect to any network port, providing users with robust voice connections to any other phone in the company or elsewhere.

"Integrating the telephones into the computer network makes perfect business sense," said Walter Crosby, vice president and chief technology officer at RoweCom. "By relying on our LAN for telephony, we simply plug phones into the network whenever we need to add or move employees. We no longer have the costs or hassles of scheduling expensive technicians to rewire our facility every time we need to change a phone. For a fast-moving company like ours, that`s a continually-appreciated advantage."

New Phone Technology Maximizes Productivity and Minimizes Expenses

RoweCom depends on the many capabilities of its NBX phone system to enhance productivity and ensure the timely delivery of vital business communications. The firm relies on the NBX Unified Messaging, enabled by the system`s CTI capabilities, to merge each employee`s voicemail and email into one application. With this feature, users quickly and conveniently retrieve all of their messages from within the Microsoft Outlook contact management application. The NBX Automated Attendant automatically directs calls to their destinations when a receptionist is unavailable and users deploy the call routing capability to forward phone calls to specified phones.

Furthermore, the company plans to implement the NBX automatic number identification, which will identify a caller`s telephone number and immediately display the caller`s records on a computer screen. "This will improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of our customer service considerably," said Crosby. "What`s truly impressive about the NBX product is that with all of its cost-savings and powerful business features, installation and management couldn`t be simpler," added Crosby.

To manage its NBX telephones, the firm uses the browser-based NBX NetSet(TM) administration utility. By accessing this easy-to-use tool with any standard Web browser, employees control the entire phone system, easily managing the moving or adding of phones and monitoring all incoming and outgoing telephone activity.

A Competitive Advantage Over PBXs and Traditional Telephony Systems

RoweCom`s need for an NBX system originated when the firm recently relocated to a new facility. The company had been using a traditional Nortel PBX telephone system, but the cost of implementing a newer PBX system was prohibitively expensive, particularly since the current technologies were incompatible with the legacy devices. "We couldn`t migrate our old telephones to the new system," said Crosby. "We realized that a LAN-based telephone strategy would be far less expensive than a PBX, yet would give us the high-quality phone service we require for our business."

After examining other telephony solutions, RoweCom turned to the 3Com NBX 100 Communications System. "The NBX phones are a higher quality design and more full-featured," explained Crosby. "Moreover, key NBX system capabilities such as voicemail were superior."

Last summer, RoweCom deployed an NBX chassis into its LAN and installed 60 NBX handsets at this site. Today, every incoming and outgoing telephone call is handled by the NBX system.

RoweCom installed an NBX chassis and over 100 phones at its Westwood, MA, facility and plans to install a second chassis. The firm also deployed an NBX chassis with 100 phones at its business office in London, Ontario, Canada. "The NBX platform`s voicemail capabilities have been a great enhancement for our Canadian staff," added Crosby.

The firm intends to install NBX phones at its European locations and at the home offices of its sales force. "The cost of NBX systems will be less than we`re paying each year for maintenance of our current phone systems," said Crosby.

"3Com has always been a leader in networking technology, but now, thanks to its NBX technology, it is poised to be a leader in telephony," concluded Crosby. "With its clear-cut advantages over conventional phone systems, including pricing, features, flexibility and management, the NBX system sells itself. LAN telephony is the future of voice communications and the NBX system is the future of LAN telephony."
3COM to offer Web gadgets to stadium fans

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug 22 (Reuters) - Imagine San Francisco 49er star wide receiver Jerry Rice is running for a touchdown in 3Com Park this football season.

Want to know how many passes he`s caught in his career? Wondering whether he`s the NFL record holder?

For die-hard sports fans who can`t wait to find out or for those simply bored with the game who want to cruise the Internet, 3Com Corp. <COMS.O> is unveiling a steno pad-sized "Web pad" that can access the Web, but only in the stadium, formerly known as Candlestick Park.

"3Com believes that technology should be simple to use and should focus on the enjoyment of the experience and not be burdened by the technology of the experience," company spokesman Brian Johnson said in a phone interview.

The so-called Web pads will be available at the opening season game on Sept. 10, Johnson said. Use of the devices will be free of charge and will be offered at first to those in the media and sky boxes, with the eventual goal of providing them to every fan.

The wireless notebook-size device allows fans to e-mail, check sports statistics and even order the stadium`s signature garlic fries, he added.

"It should replace the people who listen to the game on their AM radios in the stadium and use cellphones. It`s very much an advertisement for what 3Com is all about," Johnson said.
3Com Corporation and VIA Technologies Forge Networking Technology Relationship

FREMONT, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 28, 2000--

Agreement to Deliver New Core Logic and
Networking Technology Solutions to PC Industry

Global networking leader 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) and VIA Technologies, Inc., the world`s leading fabless supplier of PC core logic chipsets, today announced a long-term technology relationship that will provide an innovative means of offering networking solutions to the PC industry.

Under terms of the agreement, 3Com`s premier 10/100Mbps Ethernet media access controller (MAC) networking technology will be integrated with VIA`s Apollo chipset South Bridge. By combining their respective PC core logic and networking technologies, VIA and 3Com will provide major PC OEMs with a cost-effective, yet reliable solution for building network-ready PCs for the commercial, desktop and mobile markets.

The relationship underscores 3Com`s commitment to the network connection market. Both companies see an exceptional opportunity to innovate on the baseline technology to address the emerging end-user requirements. Product details will be disclosed with customers at events during the next several months, in time for OEMs to incorporate the new technology in their products for Spring 2001 release.

"We are very excited to be working with 3Com to integrate its industry-leading networking technology into our chipsets," commented Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. "This provides us with an ideal opportunity to help our customers reduce system costs by enhancing the communications capabilities of the South Bridge."

"Resellers and business customers value 3Com`s innovative and reliable connectivity solutions which are radically simple to use and cost-effective to own," said Tom Werner, vice president and general manager, Business Connectivity Division, 3Com. "3Com has always been at the forefront of technology in the network connections market. This relationship with VIA strengthens our core logic strategy, and positions us extremely well to be at the forefront of this next market evolution."
Caltiger.com Selects 3Com CommWorks Solution for $15 Million Enhanced Services Rollout

SANTA CLARA, Calif./CALCUTTA, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 7, 2000-- India`s Largest Free Private Internet Service Provider Will Deliver Unified Messaging, Fax-Over-IP and Migration to Voice-over-IP Services

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) services platforms to service providers around the globe, announced today that Caltiger.com, the largest free private Internet service provider (ISP) in India, is using the 3Com(R) CommWorks(R) solution to introduce new enhanced IP services to more than 300,000 subscribers. Unified messaging, IP-based fax and migration to IP-based telephony are among the services that will be introduced in Caltiger.com`s network over the next nine months. The deal is worth $15 million (US), with the first phase of network enhancements scheduled for immediate implementation.

"Caltiger.com`s vision is to be a leader in wholesale IP services provisioning on both a national and global scale," said Joe Silva, chairman of Caltiger.com. "The combination of 3Com`s technology leadership and experience in this market, combined with our passion for delivering world-class services forms the basis for our long-term relationship."

"Caltiger.com is one of the true innovators in the Indian market," said Vijay Yadav, country manager, 3Com India. "In 1999, it was the first to launch free Internet access. Today, it will be the first to market with a truly comprehensive set of enhanced services for its subscribers. The long-term winners in this highly competitive market will be those service providers that continuously bring their consumers new reasons to subscribe to their particular service."

Caltiger.com Expects Three-fold Growth in Subscribers This Year

Caltiger.com operates India`s largest free private Internet service and currently has more than 300,000 subscribers. By the end of the calendar year, Caltiger.com expects its customer base to surpass 1 million subscribers and its network to reach 100 cities across India.

Caltiger.com currently uses the 3Com Total Control (R)1000 multiservice access platform for dial-up Internet access for its subscribers. With the agreement announced today, Caltiger.com will add new 3Com products to its nationwide network, including:

-- CommWorks 8250 unified messaging system for universal inbox
capabilities for voice, fax and e-mail messages;

-- CommWorks 8200 IP fax server for store-and-forward fax, fax
broadcast, fax-to-email and never-busy fax services;

-- Total Control 1000 platform to enable migration to voice-over-IP
services, which will allow subscribers to make domestic and
international telephone calls at competitive rates; and

-- Total Control 100 gigabit routers, which reliably power
Caltiger.com`s nationwide enhanced services IP backbone and
gateways.
"With the rapid growth and competition in the Indian Internet services market today, we must be very aggressive with the evolution of our service offerings to our subscribers," said Vikrant Sen Choudhari, chief technology officer for Caltiger.com. "It is essential that we select technology partners that are equally as aggressive and innovative. We view 3Com as a clear leader in the area of IP enhanced services."

"By standardizing on the CommWorks architecture as its cornerstone for growth, Caltiger.com is leveraging 3Com Carrier Networks` vast global success in building carrier-grade networks and enhanced service offerings for service providers," said Bennett Cardwell, 3Com Carrier Networks` managing director for South Asia. "This relationship will allow Caltiger.com to benefit continuously from future new products added to the CommWorks services suite, and it will expose Caltiger.com to potential overseas partners who can help it create regional and global service offerings."

The CommWorks architecture encompasses all areas of 3Com Carrier Networks Business` portfolio, reflecting the multiservice nature of the company`s offerings in enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data access and broadband access. The CommWorks architecture gives service providers a cohesive, methodical migration path as they shift from circuit-based networks to feature-rich and efficient packet-based IP networks. The architecture includes a full line of products and services to support complete IP-based infrastructures.

With open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture allows service providers worldwide to develop differentiated enhanced services and stake out leadership positions in their markets. 3Com developed the CommWorks architecture in a standards-based environment designed to drive the evolution of IP-offerings through partnerships that will provide the building blocks for the next-generation of telecommunication service providers.

About Caltiger.com

Caltiger.com is India`s largest private sector ISP, with over 300,000 subscribers. It currently has infrastructure in 48 cites, with commercial services launched in 21 cities to date. Information on Caltiger.com is available at www.caltiger.com.
3Com Announces Voice-Over-DSL Initiative; Forms Strategic Agreements with Leading VoDSL Vendors to Accelerate Product Development and Delivery

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), a market leader in commercial and consumer Internet access solutions, today announces a new initiative to spur growth of the broadband market by introducing a wide range of Voice-over-DSL (VoDSL) solutions through strategic relationships with CopperCom and Jetstream.

In working with these two key VoDSL vendors, future 3Com(R) products will be designed to interoperate with both CopperCom`s Gateway and Jetstream`s CPX-1000 broadband services platform.

In accordance with 3Com`s commitment to enhance the quality of life through improved personal productivity, convenience and entertainment for its customers, this initiative is designed to provide enhanced broadband access customer experiences without sacrificing the legendary simplicity and reliability of 3Com`s offerings.

"3Com, as a leading provider of broadband solutions for small businesses and consumers, is pleased to partner with CoppperCom and Jetstream," said Doug Adams, senior manager of business development for 3Com`s Residential Connectivity Group. "With our combined expertise in broadband and VoDSL, 3Com, Jetstream and CopperCom will produce the best solutions for 3Com end-users and service provider customers."

"Our joint solution will be ideal for the residential and SOHO marketplace with its ease of provisioning and management -- a key requirement for service providers delivering Voice over DSL solutions to customers," said Jennifer Stagnaro, chief marketing officer at CopperCom. "We are enthusiastic to be working with 3Com, which has a strong reputation for delivering broadband solutions to the consumer and small business market."

"Jetstream is excited to have 3Com as a JetPowered partner," said Stephen Gleave, vice president of marketing for Jetstream. "3Com has a history of developing outstanding products for both residential and small business customers. Working closely together we expect to do the same for the voice-over-broadband solutions market, targeting the small business segment, where bundled voice and data services over single copper pair creates a very attractive service offering."

3Com`s Digital Home

3Com`s vision of a digital home is one that connects family members to each other and important information - both within and outside the home. Based on real-life consumer needs for Internet connectivity, the digital home parlays 3Com`s acknowledged expertise in networking computers and enriches consumers` lifestyles with simple, reliable and innovative products. Encompassing a wide variety of products, 3Com provides every connectivity element required by digital home members - such as cable and DSL modems, home network products and PC video cameras.



3Com Corporation Demonstrates Sip-Based Open Settlement Protocol Solution At Fall 2000 Voice On the Net; CommWorks IP Telephony Technology Showcased in Open Test Network

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) is providing critical elements in the first ever demonstration of multi-vendor, multi-protocol interoperability for inter-network voice-over-IP (VoIP) calls this week at the Fall 2000 Voice on the Net show in Atlanta. The CommWorks(R) 4220 SIP proxy server from 3Com Carrier Networks is deployed in the Open Test Network, an interoperability demonstration based on Open Settlement Protocol (OSP). OSP is an international standard that enables the real time exchange of authorization, accounting and usage information between service provider domains for IP telephony. The protocol allows service providers around the world to connect and share traffic regardless of the platform they use, as long as it is OSP-compliant.

"At Spring 2000 Voice on the Net in March we demonstrated a carrier-grade, end-to-end SIP solution for IP telephony," said Houman Modarres, director, IP telephony business, 3Com Carrier Networks. "This week`s demonstration of a SIP-enabled OSP solution is another milestone on the road to true interoperability. Interworking and mediation between traditional and IP telephony are key to the widespread deployment and acceptance of IP telephony."

The OSP standard enables real-time, secure inter-service provider call authorization, routing and call detail reporting among IP devices (including H.323 gateways and gatekeepers, SIP proxies and softswitches) and clearinghouse service providers for voice- or fax-over-IP billing. With OSP, a clearinghouse can perform call authorization, routing and rating functions among multiple service providers and inter-domain networks, and provide usage reporting through call detail records for inter-service provider billing.

SIP is implemented in the 3Com Carrier Networks solution to address interoperability issues, while OSP takes care of routing, authentication and billing matters. This SIP-enabled OSP solution enables the clearing of both voice- and fax-over-IP minutes. OSP support is implemented on both the gatekeeper and the SIP proxy server, making the 3Com Carrier Networks system more scalable than competitive solutions. Because the solution is based only on software, the need for costly hardware upgrades is eliminated. Other solutions available today require clearinghouses to purchase gateway products or make investments in other proprietary equipment.

SIP-enabled IP Telephony from 3Com Carrier Networks

All components in the SIP-enabled IP telephony solution from 3Com Carrier networks are SIP RFC compliant, including the carrier-grade Total Control(R) 1000 media gateway and the CommWorks 4220 SIP proxy servers. 3Com`s SIP products are currently in trial with major service providers around the world, such as Telia Carrier & Networks in Sweden.

IP telephony is an integral element in the CommWorks architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.

The first tier of the CommWorks architecture address universal connectivity requirements, enabling subscribers to access integrated services over their choice of client devices and access networks. In 3Com`s end-to-end SIP solution, the Total Control 1000 SIP gateway connects SIP devices to the PSTN. This gateway supports up to 10 T1/E1 spans to connect to the PSTN, and up to 2 10/100 Ethernet ports to connect to the IP network.

At tier two, the CommWorks 4220 SIP proxy server provides universal signaling capabilities to allow multimedia traffic to seamlessly traverse disparate networks. This intelligent device also enables the rapid development of new services.

Tier three of the CommWorks architecture creates the open environment where SIP client devices and back-end servers work to deliver new and enhanced services in a packet-based network.



3Com Corporation Joins T-Portal Initiative

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and JERSEY CITY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2000--

3Com(R) CommWorks(R) Unified Messaging and Voice-over-IP
Systems Will Serve as Standard Communications Platforms
for T-Portal Affiliates

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS), an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) services platforms to service providers around the globe, today announced its support for the T-Portal(TM) initiative. T-Portal is a global, industry-wide Internet Protocol (IP) network collaboration established and administered by ipx, Inc. T-Portal gives service providers a simple means to access the best-of-class hardware, software, network connections and support needed to offer diversified and advanced applications via a private IP network. Resulting services delivered to customers include unified messaging, IP fax, conferencing and online collaboration.

3Com and ipx also announced today that T-Portal will use the 3Com(R) CommWorks(R) 8210 unified messaging system as its standard messaging platform. In addition, the two companies will collaborate on voice-over-IP (VoIP) clearinghouse services. Service providers who utilize a Total Control(R) 1000 media gateway can connect to T-Portal and instantly deliver global voice and unified messaging services to their end-user customers. The two companies also will work together on sales, marketing and technology development initiatives.

"3Com Carrier Networks is a leader in promoting the deployment of advanced applications over IP networks, so it was natural that we would invite them to join in T-Portal," said Gene Cohen, chief technology officer of ipx. "T-Portal is designed to allow for the rapid deployment of advanced telecom applications over IP networks, such as the unified messaging solution provided by 3Com Carrier Networks."

"Our commitment to the carrier market is enhanced through our support of the T-Portal initiative," said Houman Modarres, director, IP telephony business, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "Through T-Portal, 3Com and ipx are effectively doing for IP networks what intelligent networking did for the phone network - creating a highly-scalable, high-performance service platform where service providers have an IP network that gives them the ability quickly to deploy new enhanced services and applications."

CommWorks Solution Gives Users Simplified Flexibility to Manage Communications

Unified messaging is a critical component in the CommWorks IP telephony solution from 3Com Carrier Networks Business. The solution is based on a three-tier architecture of media processing, control and network and system management and service creation layers, interconnected by open standards-based protocols, such as H.323, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), SS7 (Signaling System 7), and MGCP (Media Gateway Control Protocol). The first two tiers address universal connectivity requirements to enable subscriber access to integrated services over their choice of client devices and access networks. The third tier provides an open service creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com strategic partners to enable rapid application and service deployment. The CommWorks 8210 unified messaging system resides in the service creation tier.

The CommWorks 8210 unified messaging system includes a suite of carrier grade server platforms integrated with software-based messaging applications running on an open service creation environment. The modular and standards-based software applications can be deployed in standalone or distributed server configurations, with full redundancy and clustering support and integrated web provisioning and network management capabilities. The open service creation environment is a network and platform independent middleware for creating and customizing value-added enhanced services that integrate real-time communications over the public switched telephone network (PSTN) with the convergence capabilities of next generation packet networks.

About T-Portal

T-Portal is a collaborative effort by leading technology companies to accelerate the growth and penetration of IP based communication. T-Portal is a ubiquitous global network that overcomes the final barriers preventing alternate service providers from entering fast growing telecom markets. T-Portal gives VoIP carriers and other service providers access to value-added applications such as unified messaging, conferencing, collaboration, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications, and service management. For more information contact info@tportal.com.

About ipx

ipx Inc.is a pioneer in providing VoIP Clearinghouse services, and has now evolved to be the first ATSP (Application Telecom Service Provider) providing wholesale enhanced service. For further information, contact ipx at www.ipx-inc.com or call 1-201-324-2700.
3Com Enters Japanese Market With Visitor and Community Network System -- Making Broadband Access a True Utility for the Country`s Millions of PC and Laptop Users

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 2000--

Top Prince Hotel Chain Embraces 3Com`s VCN System For Inclusion Into More Than 3,500 Hotel Rooms Throughout Japan

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced the deployment of its Visitor and Community Network (VCN) System into the Asia Pacific marketplace. The new VCN System will enhance Internet connectivity speeds and provide value-added information and business communication services for people in hotels, airport lounges, apartment buildings and multi-tenant office buildings throughout Asia Pacific.

Announced in June 2000, 3Com`s new VCN System delivers broadband access at speeds up to 10 Mbps (megabits per second) and customized Web-content over existing in-building telephone wires -- a dramatic performance improvement over typical dial-up Internet connections (56 Kilobits per second or less) and typical SDSL broadband connections (1.5 to 2.4 Mbps). The system is based on next-generation DSL (digital subscriber line) technology (Ethernet-over-VDSL) and also leverages wireless and commonplace "structured" wiring local area networks to deliver broadband services.

"Service providers in Asia are seeking easy-to-install, more cost-effective methods of deploying broadband access to capitalize on the explosive Asia Pacific opportunity -- an opportunity fueled by a 20 percent growth in travel and tourism and more than 20 million Internet users in Japan, " said Amir Eldad, vice president and general manager, 3Com Visitor and Community Based Network Division. "3Com`s new VCN System meets today`s service provider requirements while laying the foundation for future revenue generating services such as voice, video and additional application services."

3Com`s VCN System

The VCN System is comprised of 3 unique connectivity devices:

--VCN Access Point - A desktop device that simultaneously connects
a laptop or desktop computer and a telephone to the VCN solution via
industry standard RJ-45 connectors. Dedicates 10 Mbps Switched Fast
Ethernet to each end-user and advanced Ethernet-over-symmetric VDSL
(Very high speed Digital Subscriber Line) technology for always-on,
seamless Internet connectivity over existing copper telephone lines.

--VCN Access Concentrator - A wiring closet device that
concentrates up to 24 VCN Access Points, fits any standard 19-inch
telecommunications rack for wiring closet installations, connects to
3Com`s SuperStack(R) II Switch 1100/3300 and other industry standard
Ethernet local area network switches, supports remote management.

--VCN Server - A wiring closet device that offers easy service
provisioning per user and for providing web-based content for users at
each location (e.g., hotel, apartment building) and for Internet-based
billing, accounting, and security/authentication services. 3Com offers
this specialized server technology through SolutionInc Limited, of
Halifax, Canada.

VCN System Deployment In Japan

3Com today also announced Prince Hotel`s installment of the VCN System. With 82 hotels and over 26,000 rooms, Prince Hotel is the largest hotel chain operator in Japan. The initial installation of 3Com`s VCN System will provide more than 3,500 guestrooms and over 100 banquet function rooms with next-generation broadband access throughout 11 Prince Hotels. Targeting early October 2000, the new VCN-powered broadband service will begin at Prince Hotel`s Tokyo location with additional hotels in major cities to quickly follow.

The VCN broadband access services for Prince Hotels will be installed and maintained by inter-touch, a Sydney, Australia based telecommunications service provider. Inter-touch and 3Com have teamed up to provide high-speed Internet access to Prince Hotels. 3Com`s strategy is to sell its VCN System to third party service providers, who then will market and deploy the network services at airports, hotels and other multi-tenant unit buildings and public spaces.

"The market for fast, plug and play broadband access is growing rapidly in Japan. Hotels, apartment complexes and businesses are seeking new ways to meet the needs of today`s technology-savvy guests, renters and small and medium business owners. For example, Japan currently has over 590,000 hotel rooms -- all seeking new methods to attract and retain business, over 50 percent are direct targets for 3Com`s VCN System," said Ryoji Tsuchimoto, Representative Director & President of 3Com Japan K.K.

For more information and photos of the new VCN System, please visit 3Com`s virtual press room located on the World Wide Web at www.3com.com/news/releases/vpkvcn.html
3Com IT Organization Ranked No. 1 in InformationWeek 500; 3Com Recognized for Significant Accomplishments in Web-Enabling the Company

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 18, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced that its Information Technology organization has been ranked No.1 among the nation`s top 500 IT organizations in this year`s InformationWeek 500.

"At 3Com, our philosophy is centered around providing radically simple and rich connectivity for our customers, and in turn, allowing them the abilities to leverage the web to get the information they need -- anytime, anywhere," said Eric Benhamou, chairman and CEO of 3Com. "Fundamental to this is building a world-class technology infrastructure. I`m proud of our entire team for their tireless efforts in establishing 3Com as the IT leader."

3Com IT has played a critical role in improving key business processes. Through web enabling business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales activities, the group has helped provide 3Com with direct access to key, high growth markets. IT`s collaboration with supply chain management has significantly improved efficiencies, positioning 3Com as a leader in the industry. The group has introduced radically simple technologies such as an enterprise data warehouse, business modeling tools and an executive information system.

"3Com`s success is built around our speed to web-enable the company," explained David Starr, CIO of 3Com. "We`re making exciting progress in new areas of IT and -- in those situations where 3Com is not first -- we`re leading the pack with innovation and uniqueness."

Regarded by IT leaders as the industry`s annual report card, the InformationWeek 500 ranking (September 11, 2000 issue) is determined from the quality of a company`s IT innovations, rather than the quantity of technology or services investments. Companies on the list must demonstrate a pattern of technological, procedural, and organizational innovation. InformationWeek editors base their selection on extensive third-party research and surveys of senior IT executives.
die zahlen kommen meines wissens heute. gestern kamen die palm-zahlen.


Palm first quarter results top forecasts

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept 25 (Reuters) - Palm Inc.<PALM.O>, the No. 1 maker of hand-held electronic organizers, on Monday reported fiscal first-quarter operating results that topped analyst forecasts as revenues more than doubled.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company, which was recently spun off from 3Com Corp. <COMS.O>, said that for the period ended Sept. 1, operating profit rose to $23.9 million, or 4 cents a share, up from $10.0 million, or 2 cents, a year ago. Revenues rose to $401.0 million from $176.5 million.

On that basis, the results topped profit forecasts of 2 cents a share, according to First Call/Thomson Financial.



außerdem ...

3Com Expands Support for System Builder Program

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced the 3Com Connected(TM) Associates program, which dedicates a team of sales, distribution, marketing and communication professionals to indirect OEM system builders in the U.S. The official introduction will be made to 200 of the top revenue producers in the system builder channel at System Builders Summit, September 24-27 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

"We recognize the importance and potential of those OEMs who buy our products through the channel to help us deliver leading business connectivity solutions for commercial workgroups," said Russell Sheehan, senior director for 3Com`s Business Connectivity Group. "As we`ve learned more about the reselling environment, we developed the 3Com Connected Associates program to provide indirect OEM system builders with a dedicated team, a value proposition, and a program that specifically supports their needs."

The 3Com Connected Associates program is tailored to authorized indirect OEM system builders purchasing 3Com`s comprehensive connectivity solutions from Synnex Information Technologies, 3Com`s authorized indirect OEM distribution partner in the U.S. The program includes select program pricing, focused products, training, and sales and marketing tools. The program also has dedicated sales reps and technical consultants to support authorized system builders.

The 3Com networking and connectivity products offered are:

-- 3Com EtherLink(R) 10/100 PCI NIC for Complete PC Management
(3C905C-TXM-25-S) - providing comprehensive support of desktop
management features including Remote System Alert Support,
Remote Wake Up, and Managed PC Boot Agent (MBA).

-- 3Com EtherLink Server 10/100 PCI NIC (3C980C- TXM-25-S) - with
DynamicAccess(R) technology, Bidirectional Load Balancing,
Resilient Server Links (RSL), and PCI Hot-Plug.

In the future, additional 3Com products designed to enrich desktop and mobile connectivity with secure and universal access will be evaluated for inclusion in the program. 3Com delivers leading business connectivity solutions for commercial workgroups with focus on LAN telephony, broadband and wireless.
3Com Introduces New IP Telephony Solution for SIP-Based Services to Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 26, 2000--

Radically Simple IP Phones and Client Service Platform Allow Service Providers to Offer Enhanced Features and Services to
End-User Customers over IP Networks

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced 3Com(R) SIP Solutions, a session initiation protocol (SIP)-based,
Internet-centric voice solution that enables service providers to offer new, differentiated IP telephony features and services to small and
mid-sized businesses. Benefits include convergence of IP and telephone services, innovative user interfaces, mobility, dynamic phone
personalization, and radically simple provisioning and management for business phone users. Available immediately in the U.S., 3Com
SIP Solutions includes SIP-based Internet phones, personal digital assistant (PDA) phone control applications, a SIP client service
platform, software developer`s kit, and support services. 3Com SIP Solutions is part of a broad range of IP telephony solutions being
offered by 3Com, from premise-to-network-based solutions, to help 3Com customers gain simple and reliable access to the
information and services they need.

"The fragmented nature of today`s communication services requires small and medium businesses to contact multiple organizations to
secure the long distance service, local service and Internet access necessary to conduct business," said Ikhlaq Sidhu, vice president,
Internet Communications, Voice Solutions Division, 3Com. "3Com SIP Solutions offers service providers rich connectivity to
seamlessly integrate Internet access, ASP services, and a full range of telephony services over one voice and data network."

Improved Access and Services Benefit Service Providers


3Com SIP Solutions enables service providers to offer IP Centric voice services to their customers. Competitive local exchange
carriers (CLECs), Internet service providers (ISPs), and application service providers (ASPs) will be able to provide their customers
with truly differentiating voice features and capabilities. In addition, service providers will be able to reduce the extra overhead and
costs associated with deploying and managing separate voice and data networks.

Simplicity in End User Provisioning


For end-user customers, 3Com SIP Solutions provides radically simple provisioning to achieve plug-n-play telephony across the IP
network. Users can simply plug a phone into any network location and receive service. If the phone is moved to another network
location, all service configurations and subscriber preferences will remain intact.

3Com SIP Solutions Hardware and Software

3Com SIP Phone Provides Advanced User Features


The 3Com SIP Phone is a smart client device that has the intelligence of a computer and the connectivity of an Ethernet interface. The
3Com SIP Phone provides the basic features found in everyday, high-end business telephones, such as call hold, call transfer, redial
and call forward. Moreover, the phone leverages SIP technology to support additional features and functions, such as plug-n-play
installation, user mobility, multiple user support through one phone, and non-intrusive software upgrades directly from the network.

Phone Control Application Enables Advanced Personalization and Mobility

The 3Com SIP PDA Phone Control Application is a software application that allows end-users to control the 3Com SIP Phone using a
PDA. With this application, PDAs may be used to perform basic functions such as conference and call transfer. Additional functions
include the ability to select a number from the PDA`s address book and then "tapping" to dial the selected person by directing the PDA
at the 3Com SIP Phone`s infrared port.

Because the PDA contains personalized information, such as speed dial lists and other preferences, users can be semi-mobile and
"beam" their identity to the SIP Phone in order to log into the SIP system. In addition, the 3Com SIP PDA Phone Control application
communicates with the SIP Phone with an open, standards-based mechanism that allows third-party developers to create their own
special purpose PDA applications on any handheld computing platform.

SIP Client Service Platform Provides Signaling and Provisioning Management

The SIP Client Service Platform is comprised of the 3Com SIP Signaling Server and the 3Com SIP Support System, and manages the
authentication, signaling and provisioning of the client device, the 3Com SIP Phone. The platform allows businesses to operate and
provision the SIP phones from anywhere in the network. The 3Com SIP Signaling Server supports all call signaling functions between
client devices and backbone PSTN gateway networks including proxy, re-direct, forking registrar, and location management functions.
The 3Com SIP Support System handles all of the configuration of the SIP Signaling Server, as well as provisioning for the SIP Phone
subscribers, including phone numbers, user preferences, voice mail, extension dialing plans and user privileges and restrictions on the
system.

Software Developer`s Kit and Service Ensure Development of SIP-based Services

The 3Com SIP Software Developer`s Kit (SDK) is designed for technology partners to develop solutions and applications that will be
compatible with the 3Com SIP Solutions and other SIP-based products and services. The 3Com SDK includes well-defined
instructions and libraries. The SDK will drive the development of new SIP-based applications from other vendors and ensure
integration with 3Com SIP Solutions.

In addition, a full suite of 3Com services supports all the 3Com SIP Solutions products. 3Com offers 24x7 call center and Web
support, as well as an experienced consulting team to recommend the best solution to integrate 3Com SIP Solutions into an existing
network/architecture and develop customer applications if necessary.

End-to-End 3Com Solutions


The 3Com SIP Solutions Client Service Platform architecture is interoperable with the 3Com CommWorks(R) architecture, the
company`s versatile solution for multi-service packet-based networking. 3Com SIP Solutions focus on the client devices and its
management, while the CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver multiple services in a single, unified networking
environment, streamlining the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.
Additionally, the SIP Solutions architecture will work with 3Com`s broadband access equipment including the OfficeConnect(R)
Remote 840 SDSL Router that has SIP aware address sharing and firewall capabilities.

Pricing and Availability


The 3Com SIP Phone lists at $395 USD, with a one-year limited warranty. This price includes the 3Com SIP PDA Phone Control
Application, as well as the infrared-ready port device. Pricing on the 3Com Client Service Platform is contingent on individual system
configuration requirements.
3Com Reports First Quarter Results
Sales Increase 20% Sequentially
All Strategic Transformation Milestones On or Ahead of Schedule
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 26, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS - news) today reported financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended September 1, 2000.

The company`s results reflect the impact of the bold actions announced and taken in its fiscal fourth quarter ending June 2, 2000 to complete its strategic transformation, exit certain product lines and sharpen its focus on high growth markets, technologies and products.

For the quarter, total sales were $933.8 million which included $127.5 million from the exited analog modem and LAN/WAN high-end chassis businesses. Excluding these revenues, 3Com`s ongoing businesses accounted for $806.3 million in sales, which was 20% over comparable sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000.

Pro forma net loss, which excludes purchased in-process technology charges, business realignment costs, gains on investments, amortization of goodwill and intangibles, merger-related credits and net income from discontinued operations, was $41.3 million or $0.12 per share for the quarter. This was better than the company`s prior projected pro forma net loss of $67.5 to $90.0 million or $0.19 to $0.25 per share, and better than the reported pro forma net loss of $163.8 million or $0.47 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000.

First quarter pro forma operating loss, which excludes amortization of goodwill and intangibles of $7.5 million, a $29.4 million charge for purchased in-process technology related to the Kerbango acquisition, a merger related credit of $0.2 million and a $9.9 million charge related to business realignment, was $99.0 million. This compares to the company`s prior projected pro forma operating loss of $130 to $160 million, and the $256.9 million pro forma operating loss recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000.

Net loss from continuing operations was $63.7 million or $0.18 per share, compared to a net loss of $159.4 million or $0.45 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000.

``The close of our first quarter marks the completion of our restructuring,`` said Eric Benhamou, chairman and CEO. ``3Com is now a new company with a revitalized image and a heightened focus on growth markets. We now have one quarter of experience for the new 3Com and I`m encouraged by the results. The transformation milestones and business objectives set forth in March 2000 and reaffirmed last quarter were completed on or ahead of schedule,`` continued Benhamou. ``We are growing and favorably positioned to create shareholder value.``

Excluding sales from the exited businesses, first quarter sales for the Commercial and Consumer Networks Business (CCB) were $639.1 million, representing a 24% sequential increase over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000. Sales for CCB were strengthened by a recovery of the LAN/WAN infrastructure business from the customer and product disruptions resulting from the exit of 3Com`s high-end chassis products announced in March of this year, combined with the stabilization of the company`s access products business, and strong growth in its broadband product offerings.

First quarter sales for the Carrier Networking Business (CNB) were $167.2 million, representing an increase of 7% compared with sales of $156.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000, and increasing 29% compared with sales of $129.6 million in the first quarter a year ago. Sales for CNB were strengthened by a shift in product mix toward high growth emerging businesses, including wireless CDMA solutions and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions for the service provider. In the first quarter, these new businesses accounted for 36% of CNB product revenues, versus 16% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000.

Last quarter, 3Com outlined several transformation milestones targeted for completion in the first and second quarter of fiscal 2001 that mark the company`s progress in restructuring the business. These milestones included the exit of three businesses, the completion of headcount reductions and the achievement of a new channel inventory model, each of which the company is pleased to report were completed on schedule in the first fiscal quarter. In addition, 3Com completed a fourth milestone, which was the achievement of sequential growth in sales of the ongoing business. This milestone, originally targeted for the second quarter fiscal 2001, was achieved in the first quarter, ahead of schedule.

On July 28, 2000, the company completed the distribution of 100% of its holdings in Palm, Inc. to 3Com shareholders of record. Palm`s net results for the two months of the quarter leading up to the distribution are reported on a single line item in 3Com`s first quarter statement of operations and balance sheet as a discontinued operation. All past 3Com financial results have been restated to reflect Palm`s results as discontinued operations.

About 3Com Corporation

3Com simplifies how people connect to information and services through easy-to-use, connectivity products and solutions for consumers and commercial organizations. The company also provides access infrastructures and IP services platforms for network service providers. For further information, visit at www.3com.com or the press site at www.3com.com/pressbox.


3Com Corporation
Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Excludes amortization of goodwill and acquired intangibles,
purchased in-process technology, net merger-related credits,
business realignment costs, net gains on investments
and income from discontinued operations)

(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
------------------------------------
September 1, June 2, August 27,
2000 2000 1999
------------------------------------

Sales $ 933,764 $ 763,684 $ 1,213,196

Cost of sales 593,036 566,880 638,100
---------- ---------- -----------

Gross margin 340,728 196,804 575,096
---------- ---------- -----------
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 236,315 244,888 232,414
Research and development 145,828 155,368 148,359
General and administrative 57,543 53,454 53,993
---------- ---------- -----------

Total operating expenses 439,686 453,710 434,766
---------- ---------- -----------

Operating income (loss) (98,958) (256,906) 140,330

Interest and other income, net 45,630 41,533 15,977
---------- ---------- -----------

Income (loss) before income
taxes and equity interests (53,328) (215,373) 156,307
Income tax provision (benefit) (13,332) (53,692) 43,610
Other interests in loss
of consolidated joint venture - - (975)
Equity interest in loss
of unconsolidated investee 1,352 2,073 -
---------- ---------- -----------

Pro forma net income (loss) $ (41,348) $ (163,754) $ 113,672
========== ========== ===========

Pro forma net income (loss)
per share:
Basic $ (0.12) $ (0.47) $ 0.32
========== ========== ===========

Diluted $ (0.12) $ (0.47) $ 0.32
========== ========== ===========

Shares used in computing
per share amounts:
Basic 353,777 351,419 353,243

Diluted 353,777 351,419 357,703


PRO FORMA ONLY


3Com Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
-------------------------------------
September 1, June 2, August 27,
2000 2000 1999
-------------------------------------

Sales $ 933,764 $ 763,684 $1,213,196

Cost of sales 593,036 566,880 638,100
---------- ---------- ----------

Gross margin 340,728 196,804 575,096
---------- ---------- ----------

Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 236,315 244,888 232,414
Research and development 145,828 155,368 148,359
General and administrative 57,543 53,454 53,993
Amortization of goodwill
and acquired intangibles 7,493 8,602 4,974
Purchased in-process
technology 29,406 10,560 -
Merger-related credits, net (212) (192) (2,105)
Business realignment costs 9,901 64,171 -
---------- ---------- ----------

Total operating expenses 486,274 536,851 437,635
---------- ---------- ----------

Operating income (loss) (145,546) (340,047) 137,461
Gains on investments, net 16,736 89,000 23,551
Interest and other income, net 45,630 41,533 15,977
---------- ---------- ----------

Income (loss) from continuing
operations before income
taxes and equity interests (83,180) (209,514) 176,989
Income tax provision (benefit) (20,795) (52,228) 49,660
Other interests in loss
of consolidated joint venture - - (975)
Equity interest in loss
of unconsolidated investee 1,352 2,073 -
---------- ---------- ----------
Net income (loss) from
continuing operations (63,737) (159,359) 128,304

Net income from
discontinued operations 4,537 12,532 9,187
---------- ---------- ----------
Net income (loss) $ (59,200) $ (146,827) $ 137,491
========== ========== ==========
Net income (loss) per share:

Basic:
Continuing operations $ (0.18) $ (0.45) $ 0.36
Discontinued operations $ 0.01 $ 0.03 $ 0.03
---------- ---------- ----------
$ (0.17) $ (0.42) $ 0.39
========== ========== ==========
Diluted:
Continuing operations $ (0.18) $ (0.45) $ 0.36
Discontinued operations $ 0.01 $ 0.03 $ 0.02
---------- ---------- ----------
$ (0.17) $ (0.42) $ 0.38
========== ========== ==========
Shares used in computing
per share amounts:
Basic 353,777 351,419 353,243
Diluted 353,777 351,419 357,703


3Com Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)

September 1, June 2,
2000 2000
------------ -----------
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and short-term investments $ 2,701,708 $ 3,069,940
Accounts receivable, net 467,214 355,540
Inventories, net 273,246 285,942
Investments and other 857,984 655,772
Net assets of discontinued operations - 1,058,237
----------- -----------
Total current assets 4,300,152 5,425,431

Property and equipment, net 697,688 705,824
Goodwill, intangibles,
deposits and other assets 356,107 361,699
----------- -----------

Total assets $ 5,353,947 $ 6,492,954
=========== ===========

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS` EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 396,335 $ 363,497
Other current liabilities 748,031 818,979
----------- -----------
Total current liabilities 1,144,366 1,182,476

Long-term debt 2,740 14,740
Deferred income taxes 67,907 71,336
Other long-term obligations 7,707 7,377

Equity interest in consolidated entity - 1,173,961

Stockholders` equity 4,131,227 4,043,064
----------- -----------
Total liabilities and
stockholders` equity $ 5,353,947 $ 6,492,954
=========== ===========
3Com loss narrows
--4:24 pm - By Deborah Adamson
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (CBS.MW) -- 3Com on Tuesday reported a loss, excluding non-operating and one-time items, of $41.3 million or 12 cents a share. Analysts polled by First Call had expected a loss of 33 cents a share. Last year, the company made $113.7 million, or 32 cents a share. Total sales were $933.8 million compared with $1.2 billion a year ago. 3Com is in the midst of changing its business to exit certain product lines and focus on high growth markets, technologies and products.

Nachbörslich bei rund $14,--.
3Com (COMS) macht im ersten Quartal (Ende: 1. September) des Geschäftsjahres mehr Umsatz und weniger Verlust als erwartet: Der operative Proforma-Verlust lag bei zwölf - erwartet wurden 33 - Cents je Aktie, selbst der Nettoverlust inklusive Abschreibungen nur bei 18 Cents.

Der Umsatz lag bei 933 Millionen Dollar, davon 806 Millionen aus dem weitergeführten Geschäft, das gegenüber dem vorigen Quartal um 20 Prozent wuchs. Die Umsätze mit neuen Produkten wuchsen gegenüber dem vorigen Quartal um 70 Prozent und machten 18 (viertes Quartal:13) Prozent des Gesamtumsatzes aus.

Für das gute Ergebnis sorgte die verstärkte Nachfrage nach Infrastruktur-Produkten für lokale ebenso wie für Weitverkehrsnetze. Beim Geschäft mit Telekom-Firmen sorgten vor allem Lösungen für CDMA-Mobilfunk und Internet-Telefonie für Wachstum.

3Com hat die wichtigsten Schritte zur Restrukturierung hinter sich: Spin-off von Palm (PALM), Ausstieg aus dem Geschäft mit analogen Modems sowie mit Netzwerkprodukten für Großunternehmen, Reduzierung der Belegschaft und Verringerung der Lagerbestände in den Vertriebskanälen. Mit Vertragsproduzenten, die eine Fertigungsstätte von 3Com übernehmen, wurde eine Outsourcing-Vereinbarung getroffen.

Das Unternehmen konzentriert sich jetzt auf Netzwerkprodukte für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen sowie das Geschäft mit Telekom-Firmen und Internet-Service-Providern und setzt auf Wachstumsmärkte wie Mobilfunk, Internet-Telefonie, Breitbandtechnik sowie die Vernetzung in Privathäusern.

Im nächsten Quartal dürfte erneut Gewinn ausgewiesen werden, allerdings aus Verkauf von Investments. Operativ soll das Unternehmen wieder im letzten Quartal des laufenden Geschäftsjahres profitabel werden. Für das gesamte Geschäftsjahr wird ein Umsatz von 3,5 bis 3,7 Milliarden Dollar erwartet, 200 Millionen mehr als bisher.

Analysten sind vorsichtig mit einer Beurteilung, weil noch nicht alle Ergebnisse der Restrukturierung überschaubar sind – immerhin ist der Kurs aber nach unten durch ein Aktienrückkaufs-Programm abgestützt.

Ein Ausbruch über Widerstandszone von 19 Dollar könnte Einstiegssignal sein.
28.09.2000
3Com kaufen
M.M.Warburg & CO


Holger Struck, Analyst von M.M.Warburg, stuft 3Com (WKN 868840) weiter als Kauf ein.

Langsam frage man sich, woher bei dem US-Netzwerkspezialist 3Com noch die (zusätzliche) Phantasie herkomme: Mit der charttechnisch induzierten Kaufidee vom 9. Mai d. J. habe der Anleger bereinigt um den Spin-Off der Tochtergesellschaft Palm bis heute über 100 % verdienen können.

Der jüngst berichtete, geringer als erwartet ausgefallene Verlustausweis des in der Umstrukturierung befindlichen Unternehmens, scheine jedoch erneut Käufer für 3Com-Aktien auf den Plan zu rufen. Mit einem spürbaren Umsatzschub und einem neuen Aufwärtsgap sei der Titel drauf und dran, das nach dem Börsengang der Tochter Palm etablierte, neue Kursniveau unterhalb der 20 US-$-Marke nach oben zu verlassen.

Was sich der 3Com-Aktie danach aus rein charttechnischer Sicht (und mittelfristig gedacht) erschließen würde, wäre in der Tat eine erneute (!) Kursverdoppelung in die Region um 40 US-$, wo sich die nächsten, horizontal ausgeprägten Widerstände im Chart zeigten. Das in der Kursgrafik oben unübersehbare „Spin-Off-Gap“ der Palm-Ausgliederung reiche gar bis 63 US-$.

Sicher dürfe man in Anbetracht der fundamentalen Auswirkungen eines Börsenganges einer Tochter auf den Unternehmenswert der Muttergesellschaft dieses Gap nicht wie eine „normale“ Kurslücke behandeln.

Dennoch: In Ermangelung adäquater „Bereinigungsverfahren“ für solche Sachverhalte in der Literatur beschränk man sich aus technischer Sicht auf das Althergebrachte. Die Relative-Stärke-Studien würden in typischer, frühindikativer Weise nach oben voraus springen und auch der Slow-Stochastic (Range-Oszillator) und der Trendfolger MACD drehten bzw. ständen auf Kauf. Technisch gesehen das typische Umfeld für positive Überraschungen.



28.09.2000
3Com aussichtsreich
Lehman Brothers


Die Analysten der Investmentbank Lehman Brothers erhöhen ihre Prognosen für die Aktie von 3Com (WKN 868840).

Das Unternehmen habe starke Ergebnisse für das erste Geschäftsquartal bekannt gegebne und damit die Schätzungen der Experten übertroffen. Der Umsatz sei mit 934 Mio. US-$ und einem Verlust je Aktie von 0,12 US-$ besser ausgefallen als erwartet. Die Analysten sind lediglich von 786 Mio. US-$ und 0,34 US-$ ausgegangen.

Nun rechne man damit, dass der Konzern bereits während des vierten Quartals des laufenden Geschäftsjahres 2001 die Gewinnzone erreiche. Daraufhin revidieren die Analysten ihre Ergebnisschätzungen je Aktie für das laufende Quartal deutlich von 0,69 auf 0,25 US-$. Die Umsatzprognosen für die Jahre 2001 und 2002 setzen die Experten von 3,3 Mrd. auf 3,8 Mrd. US-$ und von 3,8 Mrd. auf 4,8 Mrd. US-$ nach oben.

Demnach könne der NASDAQ-Titel als vielversprechendes Investment angesehen werden.
3Com Cable Modem Featuring New Tuner Receives Industry`s First CableLabs Certification; Volume Shipments Scheduled to Meet 3Com`s Explosive Cable Modem Demand

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) announces today that the newest member of its cable modem family, the 3Com(R) Cable Modem External with USB (Model No. 3CR29223) has achieved CableLabs certification. The latest 3Com cable modem addition -- developed to meet overwhelming demand -- includes the integration of a new advanced tuner technology from Samsung and software upgrades. Volume shipping began Oct. 2, 2000.

"3Com created this additional cable modem in order to meet the explosive demand from consumers eager for more bandwidth," said Mike Pula, director of product management for 3Com Corporation. "3Com is now in a position to provide its customers additional cable modems to fuel the growth of broadband services around the world."

3Com cable modems with USB have been shipping since June 2000. Including the addition of today`s model, these modems represents 3Com`s new "radical simplicity" approach to its digital home solutions. All USB cable modems from 3Com provide quick, easy, "plug-and-play" connectivity for consumers -- virtually eliminating set-up, configuration and the need to crack open a PC. For service providers, USB technology reduces the need for costly and time-consuming "truck rolls," because consumers install the modems with little effort.

Easy to install and use, the 3Com Cable Modem External with USB is a new generation DOCSIS 1.1 hardware. It`s software upgradable for future enhancements to ensure interoperability as networks grow. Capable of meeting the demands of high bandwidth and media rich content services, it serves as the foundation for today`s digital home. In addition, the modem has a built in HTTP Web server for trouble-free installation and local and remote diagnostic capability. Using its red, yellow and green light paradigm, the Web-based interface makes management simple and convenient for cable companies and their subscribers.

Further delivering on 3Com`s commitment to radical simplicity, 3Com`s line of cable modems are now supported by the new 3Com Cable Modem Connection Center. The center offers cable operators real-time feedback during the installation process, including ranging and registration parameters.

3Com`s Digital Home

3Com`s vision of a digital home is one that connects family members to each other and important information -- both within and outside the home. Based on real-life consumer needs for Internet connectivity, the digital home parlays 3Com`s acknowledged expertise in networking computers and enriches consumer lifestyles with simple, reliable and innovative products. Encompassing a wide variety of available, HomeConnect(TM) branded products, 3Com is one of the leading companies to provide every connectivity element required by digital home members -- such as cable and DSL modems, home networking products, digital audio and video devices and Internet Appliances.
Media Statement on 3Com Ranked #1 in IP PBX Shipments by The Phillips Group, October 10, 2000; 3Com Secures 52.1% of the U.S. IP-PBX Systems Market in First Half 2000

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 10, 2000--Telephony research firm, The Phillips Group, Parsippany, N.J., cites 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) as the leading IP PBX vendor in its report "InfoTrack for Enterprise Communications, 09/30/00" for the second quarter calendar year 2000. The Phillips Group reports that 3Com has shipped 1,380 new systems and 25,500 new lines in the second quarter alone. For the broader IP-PBX and IP-enabled PBX categories, these figures represent 38.1 percent of total IP telephony lines shipped.

In addition, The Phillips Group recognizes 3Com as the market leader for the first half calendar year 2000. In this period, 3Com has shipped a total of 2,130 systems and 44,300 lines, attaining 52.1 percent market share of IP-PBX system shipments.

Ed Wadbrook, director of voice solutions, 3Com Corporation, says,

"We are witnessing an inflection point in the market where customers and value added resellers are reevaluating their premise-based communications options. Customers are moving away from legacy PBX systems and investing in open, IP-based solutions. In the first half of 2000, over 20 percent of all PBX/IP-PBX systems shipped in North America were IP-based.

"3Com was the first to market with a commercially viable IP PBX solution and continues to be the undisputed leader in LAN telephony. Customers vote with their dollars and quarter after quarter, 3Com has shown continual growth in sales of the NBX(R) 100 Communication System. The NBX system delivers radically simple business IP telephones with more innovative applications, services and functionality than traditional phone systems. Our telephony solution offers customers rich connectivity and a greater return on investment."

"Our report finds that sales of traditional voice systems, such as PBXs and key telephone systems are down considerably from last year`s record levels, while IP-PBX systems are beginning to gain momentum in the marketplace," said Frank Stinson, senior product manager, The Phillips Group. "Shipments of IP-PBX systems have increased by 50 percent since the first quarter of this year alone. We expect that the growth of this market will continue and vendors such as 3Com are well positioned to continue capitalizing on this market trend."
Samsung Electro, 3Com in $30 mln parts deal

SEOUL, Oct 11 (Reuters) - South Korea`s Samsung Electro-Mechanics <09150.KS> said Wednesday it had won a contract to provide $30 million of parts to U.S. computer networking equipment maker 3COM Co <COMS.O>.

The company will supply 2.5 million tuners used in cable modem and multi-layer boards (MLB) to 3COM next year. It said the contract could be extended.

3COM is the world`s second largest networking equipment maker following Cisco Systems Inc <CSCO.O> and holds 60 percent of the international palm-computer market.

"This contract shows our technology has been accepted by a leading company in this industry," said Samsung spokesman Lee Dae-soo. "We expect this to lead to more sales, hopefully from Cisco Systems later on."
3Com`s Claflin Outlines Strategies to Build Brand At National Advertisers Annual Conference; 3Com President Says Simplifying the Lives of Customers Is Key

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 2000--Outlining the strategies to transform a technology-driven company to a brand-driven one, Bruce Claflin, president and COO of 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), today spoke at the Association of National Advertisers 2000 Annual Conference. Claflin addressed advertising industry leaders to detail 3Com`s decision to rebrand the company and illustrate why a Fortune 300 company such as 3Com makes the fundamental change in how it communicates a new message.

"When you are hoping to create something new and important, you must have the courage to fully commit yourself and the entire business to the transformation," remarked Claflin. "Only in that way will your brand promise be fulfilled, and only then will you achieve your business goals, including delivering greater shareholder value."

Describing how 3Com has changed in the past eight months, Claflin highlighted the decision to become a brand-centric company that markets great technology. As a result of this change, 3Com has a more focused set of customers and a much better appreciation of their needs and how 3Com can fulfill them. "But best of all," commented Claflin, "we are learning how to live the brand that we have become."

"When you make a transformation turn the way 3Com has, you have to be willing to go all the way," explained Claflin. "A half-hearted re-commitment is no commitment at all. If you are less than fully committed, your customers know it, your strategic partners know it and most of all, your own people know it."

Claflin described to his audience the major lessons 3Com has learned from its masterbranding strategies:

-- Embrace the need to be brand driven as a core strategy;

-- Commit your entire company to the brand building process.
Commit them to the cause and organically grow that commitment
into allegiances from strategic partners, providers, investors
and other members of your brand community;

-- Recognize that a commitment to brand building starts at the
top; and

-- Go all the way and increase your odds of success. Commit to
commitment.

In addition to sharing these lessons, Claflin highlighted 3Com`s new message of Radical Simplicity and how the company communicates 3Com`s new master brand.

"Our research confirmed that our customers believe that 3Com excels at simplifying the use of technology and, in the process, simplifying their lives," said Claflin. "3Com has an aptitude for making it easier for people to make the most of otherwise highly complex networking systems. In fact, simplifying networks is an enormous technical challenge...a challenge our engineering community has embraced."

As a result of this fundamental change, Claflin said, 3Com has changed the way it thinks about and designs products with the simplicity of the consumer in mind. He said it didn`t take 3Com long to figure out that the idea of simplifying for consumers would be even more crucial in those markets where users often do not have direct access to technical staff on site.

"As a happy coincidence, there is a major backlash underway against unnecessarily complex technology in all sectors of our lives," explained Claflin. "In 3Com`s efforts to rebrand our company, we also ended up riding a wave that is sweeping across the nation."

3Com, according to Claflin, has used the fundamental change of radical simplicity to develop its new advertising campaign and selling line: Simple sets you free. The creative strategy is centered on the concept that when you use 3Com`s radically simple technology, it frees you to accomplish more. Three commercials, which Claflin unveiled to top advertising and marketing executives, convey the new strategy as applied to wireless networking in an office setting, in home networking and with local area network telephony. 3Com is also running extensive print advertising in both business and trade publications.

Another aspect of communicating its new master brand is through 3Com`s new logo and graphic system. The new logo employs three rings; two of which are linked and the third is floating free. "The new logo has created a lot of buzz and curiosity...and that`s just what we had in mind," Claflin said. "It is a symbol that people can readily interact with, not just look at. That is crucial since 3Com`s strengths reside primarily in its ability to help people."

The ANA conference, held at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, featured high-profile brand leaders and in-depth presentations on many varied aspects of e-marketing, branding on the internet as well as other traditional marketing/advertising issues. The association acts as a catalyst to bring together industry leaders to confront pressing issues and explore emerging ideas critical to the advertising industry.
audrey-news ohne ende, u.a.:

3Com debuts Audrey, Internet appliance

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct 17 (Reuters) - 3Com Corp. <COMS.O> on Tuesday unveiled a home Internet appliance named Audrey that provides electronic mail, Web access, a calendar, address book and synchronization capability for personal digital assistants.

"Audrey marks 3Com`s entrance into a virtually untapped high-growth consumer market and represents 3Com`s strategic focus on providing radical simplicity to the consumer," Eric Benhamou, 3Com chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.

The product is available in the United States at a starting price of $499 and can be bought online (http://www.3Com.com/ergo) or at retailers.

Audrey works with various Internet service providers and give consumers access to favorite Web sites. A user can scribble a hand-written message, type or speak a message and send it to the Internet by using a stylus.

Audrey features a built in V.90 56K modem and can be set to dial into the Internet several times per day to refresh its Internet channels and download new e-mail. Audrey is also adaptable to broadband connections.


außerdem:

- National Semiconductor Welcomes Audrey to the World; 3Com`s New Internet Appliance Powered by National`s Geode WebPAD Processor

- MarketWatch.com to Provide Financial News and Tools for 3Com`s New Internet Appliance

- etown.com Delivers Comprehensive Consumer Electronics Channel for New 3Com Internet Appliance

- QNX(R) Realtime Platform Powers New 3Com(R) Internet Appliance

- Marimba.net Provides Hosted Distribution Services for New 3Com Internet Appliance

- Canon Introduces the Perfect Accessory for Audrey, First Internet Appliance From 3Com`s Ergo Product Line

- Food.com Delivers Food Channel for New 3Com Internet Appliance; Food.com to Provide Online Service for Prepared Restaurant Meals

- Walt Disney Internet Group Web Sites to Serve as Premier Content Providers to 3Com`s New Internet Appliance

- Razorfish Delivers User Interface for New 3Com Internet Appliance

- GroceryWorks.com Delivers for New 3Com Internet Appliance; GroceryWorks To Provide Grocery Delivery Services for Audrey
3Com hopes "Audrey" will rekindle Palm magic

By Eric Lai

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Home networking giant 3Com Corp. <COMS.O>, whose handheld Palm device brought computing power out of the home office and onto the road, on Tuesday launched a close cousin -- a small table-top Web-browsing appliance named Audrey -- into the kitchen.

Aimed at gadget-loving families and couples who are looking for a fast way to check the Web and send and receive e-mail, the Audrey comes with an 8-inch (20-cm) touch screen, a 60s style channel dial for fast access to pre-installed Web sites, and the ability to exchange data with two Palm or Handspring devices, company officials said.

Priced at $499-$549 depending on the color, the Audrey is being released in time for Christmas and represents 3Com`s attempt to replicate the huge success of its Palm handheld computer as it continues to shift away from the business networking market into the consumer sphere, company officials said.

For wired families, Audrey "displaces the old cork message board," Eric Benhamou, chairman and chief executive of 3Com, said in an interview with Reuters.

The market was not immediately impressed -- 3Com`s stock closed at $18-1/2, down from $19-11/16 from the previous day.

Nevertheless, for 3Com, whose now independent spin-off Palm Inc. has sold more than 8.7 million Palm handhelds, the Audrey represents another strong push into the consumer space and away from the higher-end business networking markets, where the company has lost financial and technological ground to competitors like Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks.

With many full-fledged PCs selling for less than $1,000, the price for Audrey may appear high, especially compared to other recently introduced Net appliances, such as Netpliance`s $299 i-opener, and CidCo`s $99 MailStation.

The key difference is that 3Com is positioning the Audrey as a complementary device for the wired-up crowd. AIMED AT EARLY ADOPTERS

"This is definitely aimed at the early adopter crowd," said Bryan Ma, an analyst at technology consultancy, IDC.

For instance, users can now synchronize their Palms with Audrey in order to share their daily schedules with other family members.

Audrey also lets users scribble messages onto the touch screen or record voice messages that can be attached to e-mails - no easy task for computer beginners.

And unlike other Net appliances that force users into a specific Internet service provider, users can keep their own ISP and e-mail addresses.

Underlining 3Com`s mass-market intentions, Audrey will be sold in Bloomingdale`s department stores, among others.

"Is it radically different from other information appliances? No, but it is a good product," said Abha Garg, an analyst at Gartner Group.

Audrey recalls the popular iMac from Apple Computer with its built-in monitor, chunky chic design, and the choice of five preciously-named colors: slate, linen, ocean, sunshine or meadow (black, white, blue, yellow and green, respectively).

And like the iMac, Benhamou expects more than half of the Audrey`s buyers will be women.

The Audrey, the first in a line of info-appliances 3Com has dubbed "Ergo", is not expected to be a quick financial fix for the company, which has struggled over the past two years, although it reported improved results in its most recent quarter.

And consumer interest in information appliances has so far been low. Only about 235,000 of what IDC defines as "Web terminals", which includes devices competing with Audrey, will be sold worldwide by year`s end.

IDC predicts that will grow quickly, to 5.5 million Web terminals sold worldwide in 2004. But it will still be a small portion of the overall market for portable and handheld computing devices, which IDC predicts will be 89 million in 2004.
18.10.2000
3Com kaufen
Fuchs Hitech


Nach Meinung der Analysten vom Börsenbrief Fuchs Hitech sollten Anleger die Aktien der 3Com Corp. (WKN 868840) „Kaufen“.

Der weltgrößte Hersteller von Modems und elektronischen Datenübertragungsanlage befinde sich aus Sicht der Charttechnik in einer Situation, die einen Ausbruch nach oben erwarten lasse. Auch fundamental sei 3Com gut positioniert.

Der Anstieg der Jahresgewinne sei zwar im Sommer unterbrochen worden, habe aber Ende September wieder mit einem enormen Gewinnsprung nach oben weisen können. Die Gewinnschätzungen der Experten an den Börsen würden für das nächste Finanzjahr da noch nicht ganz mit kommen. Für das nächste Finanzjahr sei noch eine Menge an Gewinnphantasie vorhanden, da die Analysten nicht an einem stagnierenden Geschäft bei Modems glauben würden.
Press From Around the World Turn to 3Com`s VCN System for Always-On, Content-Rich Access at All Three Presidential Debates

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- 3Com (Nasdaq: COMS) completed its pressroom broadband offerings via the new 3Com(R)Visitor and Community Network (VCN) System at Tuesday night`s presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri. This follows the company`s successful support of pressrooms at the presidential debates held in Boston, Massachusetts and Winston-Salem, North Carolina earlier this month. The VCN System deployment at each debate location was a public service provided through 3Com`s sponsorship of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The VCN System is an on-premises, dedicated 10 Mbps (megabit per second) superior alternative to today`s xDSL broadband solutions and traditional dial-up modem access. Quickly deployed in each presidential debate pressroom, 3Com`s VCN System offered reporters and photo-journalists an always-on, easy-to-access resource regardless of their laptop computer brand or configuration to disseminate debate news throughout the world. The VCN System utilizes Ethernet over VDSL (Very high speed Digital Subscriber Line), a next generation advancement over today`s xDSL connectivity options, as a powerful method to rapidly download and upload bandwidth-intensive web-based content, email and other media-rich applications. Members of the 1000-plus Press Corps Turn to 3Com`s VCN System

Throughout the debates, press were able to plug their laptop computers into the VCN System and instantly access a content-rich Presidential Debate 2000 information resource web page -- complete with hot links to debate related websites. Once on the system, reporters and photographers marveled at the ease and speed of accessing and sending time sensitive information to do their jobs.

Peter DaSilva, a photographer working with Corbis Sygma, a world-leading photographic press agency for publications and events such as Time Magazine, Newsweek and the 2000 Olympics commented on his VCN System experience. "If I send an 800 kilobyte image it would take me 3 to 4 minutes per image using dial-up 56 Kbps (kilobits per second) connection. By contrast, with 3Com`s VCN System, I was able to send a 1.3 megabyte image in just 3 seconds."

With two minutes to deadline, Ann McFeatters, reporter for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Toledo Blade, instantly logged onto the VCN System and completed her assignment. "I was able to file my stories to both papers just in time thanks to the VCN System."

Robert Willett, staff photographer from the Raleigh News & Observer finds the VCN System speed and performance equally impressive. "I have sent 17 photos from the start to the end of the debates -- that`s incredible! I could have only sent half as many photos in the same time frame using a 56 Kbps dial-up modem."

Rich Galen, vice president of National Affairs for SpeakOut.com, took advantage of the always-on, instant access offered on the VCN System. "Accessing the Internet was so easy I was frightened by it," Galen said. "I`ve used high-speed connections in hotels before but many times e-mail doesn`t work. On the VCN System I could not only receive all my e-mail but all my e-mail was sent immediately which means 31 minutes after the debates my story is filed and I`m done."

Next Generation Broadband for Public Spaces and Multi-Tenant Buildings The VCN System lets people plug in their Ethernet adapter-equipped PC or laptop and get an instant connection to the Internet -- a connection dramatically faster and more content-rich than other popular broadband technologies including standard DSL.

Through a strategic relationship with 3Com, broadband service providers deploy the VCN System on-premises in apartments, hotels, public spaces and multi-tenant office buildings. The broadband networking system is deployed with third party servers for auto-provisioning the network when users log on, and for instantly displaying web-based content accesses via a portal page.

At the debates, for example, the VCN System utilized an advanced server from 3Com VCN-partner SolutionInc, which 3Com resells to broadband service providers. When deployed in locations such as airports, hotels and multi-tenant buildings, service providers typically customize a server-based portal page with location-specific content, including information and hot links for local merchants, professional services, restaurants, and other desirable consumer and business resources.

With full duplex 10 Mbps per user, the VCN System is an ideal platform for adding content-rich services to basic broadband access services right on the customer-premises. Property management companies and service providers are now eyeing on-demand services such as DVD quality video, on-line gaming and video-conferencing. The VCN System is also an ideal platform for deploying a wide range of consumer and business-oriented "rentable" application services from ASPs (Application Service Provider). These applications will be as diverse as family finance, home and yard improvement and business-class human resource and customer relationship management applications.

"We are proud to have offered this valuable service for the debate press corps during the 2000 presidential debates," said David Hayward, director of marketing at 3Com. "3Com`s VCN System has again proven to be an asset and an important tool for the press to quickly complete their assigned tasks. It was a great demonstration of how this new kind of broadband network and content services can benefit people anytime, anywhere."
Sprint, Samsung, QUALCOMM and 3Com Announce Completion of First Successful North American Voice
and Data Field Trial For CDMA Third-Generation Technology

LENEXA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2000--Sprint PCS, (NYSE:PCS) Samsung Telecommunications America Inc.
(Samsung), QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM) and 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced the
completion of the first successful voice and data field trial using standards-based third-generation (3G) Code Division Multiple Access
(cdma2000 1x) technology.

The full-scale trial, the first in North America, took place throughout July and August on Sprint PCS` network. The results of the trial
validate the anticipated benefits of cdma2000 1x technology and open doors to new wireless consumer and business services.

This trial illustrated the smooth integration of voice and data in one cell at the same radio frequency (RF), as well as the other expected
benefits of 3G technology, including faster data rates and increased voice capacity. The test results showed that data rates reached 144
kbps with 35 full-rate voice calls being conducted simultaneously.

The trial, which took place at the Sprint PCS Technology Integration Lab in Lenexa, Kan., was conducted on a test network built with
Samsung`s 3G Base Station Systems V.4 technology. The system included three fully integrated asynchronous transfer mode
(ATM)-ready base stations, a base station controller, base station management and a mobile switching center.

The test yielded exceptional data speeds by splitting the voice and data transmissions once they reached the base station controller.
3Com Carrier Networks Business provided the core data infrastructure to enable the high-speed data calls. The data transmission
connected to 3Com`s core data infrastructure and tapped directly into the Internet, while the voice portion of the call continued through
the mobile switching center (MSC).

In the new cdma2000 1X network, the base station controller (BSC) connects directly -- via a new radio port (RP) interface -- to a
Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN). The PDSN performs the traffic aggregation function similar to that handled by circuit switches in
today`s 2G wireless networks. The PDSN uses authentication, accounting and administration (AAA) servers for user authentication and
traffic management, then forwards traffic to the Internet.

3Com Carrier Networks provided the PDSN, authentication/billing servers and network management system for the Sprint PCS 3G
trial. This core data infrastructure equipment adheres to the IS-2000 series of standards developed by the Telecommunications Industry
Association (TIA), so it is interoperable with other standards-based products. This adherence to an open, standards-based architecture
helps to maximize the options for wireless and cellular operators to expand and migrate their networks to take advantage of future
capabilities.

Samsung`s commercially available V.4 technology accommodates current cdmaOne(TM) technology as well as allowing for a seamless
migration to future cdma2000 services. Service providers can quickly and cost-effectively migrate to the 3G technology while
protecting their investment in current 2G deployments. Samsung`s V.4 technology nearly doubles current network voice capacity, giving
operators more bandwidth to better service their customers. Customers also benefit from the extended battery life of the handset.

The test was conducted using Samsung`s 3G 1x handset, which is commercially available overseas, and QUALCOMM`s 3G 1x trial
handset, both of which incorporate QUALCOMM`s MSM5000(TM) chipset and system software. 3Com supplied the core data
network, a crucial system within the network design for data communications.

Wireless data solutions are an integral part of the CommWorks(R) architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution
for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced
data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. Standards-based and designed
with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture
that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture helps
streamline the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.

3G CDMA technology will bring consumers more innovative ways to utilize voice and data communications. Possible applications
include faster email, Web browsing, video streaming, intranet access and fax communications. It also paves the way for more reliable
mobile commercial services such as vehicle-based PCs for transportation and fleet applications, and credit card validation for mobile
vendors. Examples of other vertical applications include medical telemetry for mobile emergency services, more accurate and faster
meter reading for utilities, and remote burglar alarm monitoring for vending machines.

"By being the leader in the field testing of 3G 1x, we`re bringing our customers closer to realizing the full benefits of this exciting new
wireless network technology," said Oliver Valente, Sprint PCS chief technology officer. "As the fastest-growing wireless carrier in the
United States, Sprint PCS is committed to bringing the benefits of 3G 1x technology and services to our customers as soon as possible.
By combining the expertise of companies like Samsung, QUALCOMM and 3Com, we`re working diligently to find new ways to meet
the emerging demands of the wireless marketplace."

"We are very pleased with the results of the trial, which underscore why our V.4 will be one of the first 3G 1x systems to be
commercially available when it goes live in Korea in October," said Jeong Han Kim, president of Samsung Telecommunications
America. "Soon U.S. carriers will be able to offer their customers vastly improved data speeds and greater network capacity for
applications. More importantly, we are excited at how a team effort among industry leaders can quickly bring together the best
technologies available to meet the new demands of the ever-evolving wireless industry."

"The results of this field trial underscore our belief that CDMA 3G 1x will take wireless communications to the next level," said Don
Schrock, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "Businesses worldwide stand to make tremendous gains once 3G
becomes commercially available, and our MSM5000 and subsequent 3G1x chipsets will form the foundation for many new devices and
services being developed.

"The successful completion of over-the-air packet data calls using 3G technology is a significant milestone in the migration to
third-generation wireless networks," said Irfan Ali, senior vice president and general manager, 3Com Carrier Networks Business.
"Beyond the increased voice channel capacity and higher data bandwidth, 3G wireless networks offer the promise of enabling a new
generation of enhanced applications for wireless data subscribers."
3Com Corporation Showcases Service Provider Product Offerings At PT Expo Comm China 2000

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2000--3Com Corporation`s (Nasdaq:COMS) Carrier Networks Business, an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) services platforms to service providers around the globe, will showcase the full breadth of its product offerings this week at PT Expo Comm China 2000.

One of Asia`s largest telecommunications and information technologies events, PT Expo Comm China 2000 is expected to attract more than 320,000 attendees from China and throughout the Pacific Rim. The show runs from October 24 through 28.

At PT Expo Comm China 2000, 3Com Carrier Networks Business will feature IP-based networking solutions based on its CommWorks(R) architecture. The three-tier CommWorks architecture, a versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking, allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data and broadband access over a single converged network. The architecture consists of:

-- a Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options;

-- a Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services; and

-- a Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.


Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.

Wireless Exhibit Features 2G and 3G Solutions


3Com Carrier Networks Business is the world`s leading manufacturer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 2G wireless data equipment, and is an industry leader in emerging 3G wireless network deployments around the world. 3Com is providing the data core network in the world`s first commercially-deployed cdma2000 1XRTT network, introduced this month by SK Telecom in Korea. The company`s CDMA 2G interworking function (IWF) solution is currently compatible with major CDMA switches and is used by every major CDMA cellular and PCS carriers worldwide.

3Com`s wireless data equipment connects directly to wireless switches or radio access networks to provide the interworking and protocol conversions required to deliver both circuit-switched and packet-switched data capabilities to mobile data users. The wireless data technology is based on the award-winning Total Control(R) 1000 multiservice access platform and the CommWorks architecture.

Cable Offerings are DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS Qualified


3Com`s Total Control(R) 1000 enhanced cable modem termination system (CMTS), recently fully qualified by the EuroDOCSIS Certification Board, is showcased at PT Expo Comm China 2000. EuroDOCSIS specifications allow cable operators to deploy standards-based CMTS solutions with approximately 33 percent more bandwidth than is typically configured in DOCSIS-compliant systems. The Total Control 1000 enhanced CMTS features 8 MHz downstream and 5 MHz-to-65 MHz upstream spectrums, and is designed to support extremely large-scale deployments and meet the needs of cable operators seeking to extend their offerings to next-generation subscriber services.

Also on display is the Total Control 1000 standard CMTS, which is DOCSIS 1.0 qualified and meets or exceeds most cable operator requirements for Internet broadband access solutions. Both CMTS solutions feature a distributed processing architecture that is unique to the data-over-cable industry. An independent processor on every CMTS card delivers enhanced performance by eliminating processing bottlenecks and scaling bandwidth as subscriber requirements grow. The performance of the Total Control 1000 CMTS scales as more downstream and upstream channel capacity is added to the platform. This provides maximum performance when processing-intensive applications and services such as Quality of Service (QoS) tiered-services, tunneling and virtual private networks, multicast and voice-over-IP are delivered to subscribers. Another advantage of 3Com`s CMTS solution is the "Adaptive Streaming" design, meaning it has completely separate downstream and upstream channel cards capable of supporting anywhere between 1 to 12 upstream channels per downstream channel. This feature results in flexible network design and cost saving for the operators.

3Com also offers data over cable solutions to cable operators, as well as backoffice and network management support. The software package is a completely GUI-based network management application, combining CMTS management, cable modem management and configuration file editor into one package. The Bandwidth Manager product is a QoS solution for the cable environment that solves various problems associated with shared bandwidth for cable. The Bandwidth Manager can be used to provide tiered service levels, guarantee performance for critical traffic and monitor bandwidth usage per customer. 3Com`s offering also includes a DOCSIS compliant cable provisioning software called the Provisioning and Access Manager to support a number of cable modem provisioning models including auto-provisioning.

IP Telephony Solutions on Display


For the emerging IP telephony market, 3Com Carrier Networks Business offers products that enable service providers to evolve existing circuit-switched network infrastructures to IP-based networks, and deliver an array of enhanced telephony services, such as unified messaging and IP-based fax services. Featured this week at PT Expo Comm China are the Total Control 1000 media gateway, the CommWorks 8210 IP fax server and the CommWorks 8250 unified messaging system.

The CommWorks IP telephony platform seamlessly interworks with existing infrastructures such as the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and Signaling System 7 (SS7) network, and alternative local loop access technologies such as wireless and two-way cable for transparent delivery of traditional and enhanced IP services. IP telephony technologies from 3Com Carrier Networks Business are currently deployed by a number of leading service providers around the world, including China United Telecommunications Corporation (China Unicom) and Caltiger.com in India.

Carrier-class Network & Service Management


As an essential component of the 3Com CommWorks three-tier architecture, the CommWorks 5000 network and service management system provides unified, carrier-class solutions for addressing the network and service management needs of today`s telecommunications carriers and service providers. The solution streamlines configuration and maintenance of next generation services with a modular, cross-platform architecture and the ability to perform bulk operations.

The CommWorks 5000 system provides a cost effective, flexible solution for managing multiple technologies by supporting common services via a CORBA-based framework with element modules. This modularity enables rapid, non-disruptive deployment applications and support for new services such as wireless data access. Using this solution, network operators can easily accomplish tasks such as global configuration on groups of 3Com(R) Total Control platforms, perform bulk software downloads, and apply performance monitoring and trouble shooting across the network and across various operating platforms.

Enhancements to Flagship Total Control 1000 Platform


Also at PT Expo Comm China 2000, 3Com Carrier Networks business is showcasing new enhanced data system card sets for its flagship product, the Total Control 1000 multiservice access platform. The new card sets increase port density, enhance performance and expand the service capabilities of 3Com`s flagship platform. The Total Control 1000 enhanced data system`s new universal DSP card set features four-times the call handling of current card sets and multiple interface options including DS3 and STM-0 to support the continuous subscriber growth many carriers and service providers are experiencing worldwide.

The new card sets include the:

-- Total Control 1000 access router card sets, which feature a
significant increase in processing power and an independent,
out-of-band encryption engine;

--- Total Control 1000 DSP card sets, which support up to
four-times the density of current cards and feature multiple
interface options based on Texas Instruments DSPs that provide
Total Control 1000 systems with the lowest power requirement
and heat dissipation of any high-density solution in the
industry;

-- Total Control 1000 network management card sets that host
increased processing power and storage; and

-- Total Control 1000 DS3 ingress card sets for TDM call
aggregation into the system.

Carrier-class DSL Concentrators


3Com`s product portfolio also includes a complete line of DSL access concentrators for deployment in service providers` central offices, along with supporting network management elements. The Total Control 500 DSL concentrators allow telecommunication carriers and service provides to offer DSL data and voice services. This multifaceted DSL platform provides a wide range of DSL deployment options ranging from broadband Internet access, Frame Relay, virtual private networking (VPN), toll-quality Voice over DSL (VoDSL), Private Branch Exchange (PBX) extension, as well as traditional POTS service.

Total Control 100 Gigabit Routers


The Total Control 100 gigabit routers deliver the high-speed performance, high reliability and scalability that service providers require in their networks. The Total Control 100 series is available in five models that are suitable for service provider backbone, RBOC/CLEC/ISP edge aggregation, and remote access/workgroup sites. The scalable LAN and WAN interfaces fit a wide range of Internet and Intranet applications, where high port density and multiple line rate options are essential system attributes to service providers and enterprise networks. The Total Control 100 gigabit routers features a switching capacity that scales from 8 gigabits per second to 90 gigabits per second, with IP traffic rates of up to 40 million packets per second.
3Com Acquires Nomadic Technologies to Make Wireless Connectivity Possible for Ethernet-Enabled Devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2000--

Strategic Acquisition Strengthens 3Com`s Wireless Portfolio and Helps 3Com Deliver Radical Simplicity to Customers

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced that it has acquired Nomadic Technologies, Inc., developers of wireless networking products that 3Com will incorporate into solutions for both home and small business customers. The acquisition builds on 3Com`s strength in wireless LAN solutions for PCs by enabling connectivity for a wide variety of Ethernet-ready devices, such as Internet access appliances, printers and other non-PC devices. 3Com will acquire Nomadic Technologies, Inc. for $33 million in cash plus the assumption of debt and other obligations.

"3Com`s focus is to deliver rich and radically simple connectivity solutions to its commercial and consumer customers," said Paul Fulton, vice president and general manager of 3Com`s Wireless Connectivity Division. "In acquiring Nomadic, 3Com extends its competitive edge with the ability to offer a truly complete wireless solution to consumers and small business customers. Specifically, combining Nomadic`s technology with 3Com`s broadening line of Internet devices, such as the Audrey(TM) Internet appliance and the Kerbango(TM) Internet radio, will help 3Com to form the foundation of the digital home."

3Com`s acquisition of Nomadic targets critical needs for consumers interested in deploying a wireless LAN in the home or small business. Rather than being limited only to PCs for wireless connections, Ethernet-enabled devices can be transformed into wireless devices, bringing greater flexibility, mobility, and simplicity to wireless LANs. By focusing on the real life challenges that users are likely to encounter when they attempt to extend Internet access and data communications throughout the home, 3Com is helping to enable wireless networking as a viable consumer technology.

"Becoming a part of 3Com creates incredible synergy in the wireless arena," said Jim Slater, CEO, Nomadic Technologies. "Nomadic`s technology and people combined with 3Com`s global brand and strengths in wireless technology, manufacturing, distribution, and strategic alliances will help drive our products into the broader marketplace."

About Nomadic Technologies, Inc.

Nomadic Technologies, Inc., originally founded in 1990 as a robotics company, has been specializing in the development of specialized wireless networking devices since 1993. The company`s OEM customers include several of the world`s leading companies including Lucent, Texas Instruments, and Symbol Technologies. For more information about Nomadic, visit their web site at www.nomadiccomm.com/.
3Com Joins the Intel Dialogic CT Media Value Network; Market-Leading LAN Telephony Provider Teams to Provide Simple-to-Use Communications Solutions for Customers

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced that it has joined the Intel Dialogic CT Media(TM) Value Network to establish the interoperability of its market-leading NBX(R) Communications System product line with the value-add applications and services from other Value Network members. By supporting the tight integration of telephony and business applications from multiple vendors, 3Com intends to drive the development and adoption of converged voice and data communications solutions. As such, 3Com will radically simplify how resellers and end-user customers purchase and implement their business communications solutions. In addition, the Value Network membership will allow 3Com to bring the benefits of LAN telephony solutions to more customers, resellers and application developers worldwide.

As a Value Network member, 3Com will have interaction with over 100 CT Media-based software application vendors that support industry-standard, open communications infrastructures and applications. 3Com will work with those vendors to ensure the interoperability of its LAN telephony products with third party business applications. As a result, 3Com customers are expected to be able to integrate software applications, such as unified messaging, Web-based contact centers and voice interaction with their NBX LAN telephony systems. The result is fully scalable and integrated business communications solutions that will help enhance productivity and reduce overall cost of ownership.

"3Com supports industry standards and application interoperability on a worldwide scale," said Ed Wadbrook, director of strategy and new market development, 3Com. "By joining the Value Network, 3Com will be able to establish interoperability with other application vendors and potentially open up new global markets for its award-winning NBX product line. Collaboration within the industry for application interoperability will advance converged voice and data communications to increase the competitiveness of offers currently witnessed today, accelerate the time to market for those offers and provide vendors access to applications on a global basis."

The CT Media Value Network is a collaborative community of companies that provide application software, technology resources, platforms, peripherals, services and channel delivery for CT servers based on Dialogic CT Media server software. The Value Network will offer choices of products and services for open, scalable solutions that can be managed as one part of a converged communications network.
Wäre es nicht möglich das dieser PITU seine Beiträge in Deutsch schreibt ! Nicht jeder kann so gut Englisch das er Boersen-Beiträge fehlerfrei ins Deutsche übersetzen kann.
Guten Abend: Minibrocker
sorry, aber ich schreibe die beiträge nicht, ich kopiere meldungen (= news, siehe thread-titel) rein.
jede meldung zu übersetzen, dazu fehlt mir die zeit.
3Com, marchFIRST and McGraw-Hill Announce Fully Integrated Multimedia Broadcasting Solutions for Schools

SANTA CLARA, Calif., CHICAGO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2000--

Media Ease(TM) Learning Solution Combines Rich, Streaming Content
With Easy-to-Use Delivery Mechanism


3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS), marchFIRST, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCH) and McGraw-Hill Education today announced the development of the Media Ease Learning Solution, which will provide teachers with a one-stop technology resource for creating rich-media lessons and delivering rich-media content to students. 3Com, a leader in educational networking, marchFIRST, a leading global professional services company and McGraw-Hill Education will deliver the Media Ease solution in February 2001.

Using Media Ease`s intuitive interface, teachers will be able to preview and assemble digital content including voice, data and video into dynamic lessons that can be played, saved, and updated. They will also be able to access content libraries - indexed and searchable by theme or subject matter - to create a lesson with their own content and have it delivered over the network for viewing. Teachers can also share lessons with other educators to maximize plan development time and improve lesson quality. Additionally, the solution is also an ideal tool to deliver online professional development for teachers.

"The educational landscape is dramatically different from even three years ago," said David Katz, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for 3Com. "Classrooms today are connected to the Internet, but the promise of distributed multimedia learning has not yet been realized. The Media Ease solution breaks through the barriers to modernizing learning by delivering multimedia content to teachers and students in a radically simple way."

Media Ease typically will be comprised of centralized servers housed at the school district level, remote servers in the schools, networking components, and application software. The solution supports both multicast and unicast to allow lessons developed by the teachers to be shown to individual students or to a group of students simultaneously.

Media Ease is the first solution of its kind to provide access to content from the leading publisher in the educational market. Through the alliance, McGraw-Hill Education will provide teachers, administrators and parents access to its video, audio, text, and testing materials. 3Com and marchFIRST will provide the content delivery system, networking and professional consulting services.

"McGraw-Hill Education is committed to providing technological solutions to enhance learning at all levels. As the leader in the K-12 marketplace, we are pleased to form this groundbreaking alliance with 3Com and marchFIRST to provide teachers with an all-in-one resource that combines the best of technology with our pedagogical expertise," said Robert Evanson, president of McGraw-Hill Education.

The solution is designed to bridge the gap between technology and learning by providing content delivery simply and easily. It enables teachers to more easily engage students with different learning styles and abilities, and to empower them to attain their academic goals.

"To ensure that innovation continues to move our world forward, it`s critical that our children become excited about technology. The key is using technology to help them learn," said Bob Wise, marchFIRST Chief Technology Officer. "Media Ease brings technology into the classroom, giving teachers the tools they need to develop dynamic lessons that transform learning and help students view education from a fundamentally different perspective."

"This technology program will be an excellent addition to a teacher`s repertoire of quality lesson planning, " said Bob Lowery, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum for the Campbell Union High School District in San Jose, California. "It will allow teachers to collaborate within a school or within the district in the development of high quality curriculum content. In addition, the lessons also will serve for the professional development of teachers. The addition of McGraw-Hill Education content will make it an even more powerful tool."

3Com and marchFIRST formed a strategic alliance in December 1999 to develop, market and deliver e-business solutions. On September 25, the companies announced their first jointly developed application, the Contact Advantage(TM) solution, a turnkey multimedia contact center system. On October 8, the companies launched a wireless communication system at 3Com Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers football team.
3Com Announces Another Easy-to-install Home Network Solution; Phoneline USB Kit, Adapters Offer Radically Simple Digital Home Network Alternative

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2000--Consumers with multiple computers who`ve grown tired of fighting for Internet time, waiting in line for the "good" printer and paying for multiple phone lines now have a simple solution, thanks to 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS).

Today, 3Com announces its newest Digital Home network additions, the 3Com(R) HomeConnect(TM) Home Network Phoneline USB (Universal Serial Bus) kit and 3Com HomeConnect Home Network Phoneline USB adapter; both offer home users 10 Mbps (megabits per second) speedy home networking experience.

The kit includes all the hardware and software needed to connect two computers; additional phoneline USB adapters are available separately to add additional computers to the network.

These home networking options from 3Com allow easy - and quick - connections for home computers over ordinary phonelines. This technology gives customers the performance of 10 Mbps Ethernet networks and the flexibility to use existing wires.

Once the computers are connected to each other, consumers can share Internet access, personal files and peripherals - without interrupting voice calls. Plus, the external USB connectivity feature creates a plug-and-play, radically simple way to set up a home network - there`s no need to crack open computer cases. To further simplify network setup and use, 3Com`s networking kits include easy-to-use Microsoft(R) HomeClick(TM) Network Software, featuring a step-by-step wizard and Network Center application.

The 3Com HomeConnect Home Network Phoneline USB kit and additional Phoneline USB adapters are available for order today at www.3Com.com. These products also will be available in the coming weeks in leading computer retail stores where other 3Com HomeConnect solutions are sold. The suggested retail price of the kit is $179; additional adapters are $99.99.

3Com`s other available home networking kits include HomeConnect Home Network Ethernet Kits (Internal PCI and Ethernet USB options) and the HomeConnect Home Network Phoneline PCI Kit. Respective and individual adapters for these kits are also sold separately.

3Com`s Digital Home


3Com`s vision of a digital home is one that connects family members to each other and important information - both within and outside the home. Based on real-life consumer needs for Internet connectivity, the digital home parlays 3Com`s acknowledged expertise in networking computers and enriches consumer lifestyles with simple, reliable and innovative products. Encompassing a wide variety of products, 3Com is one of the leading companies that provides every connectivity element required by digital home members - such as cable and DSL modems, home networks, Internet appliances and PC video cameras.
Hallo Pitu,
damit Du Dich hier nicht langweilst poste ich einfach mal eine "News" dazwischen.
Immerhin, wenn wir in den nächsten Tagen nicht durch die untere Trendkanalgrenze crashen (wonach es gerade heute nicht aussieht) stoßen wir in Regionen um die 28$ vor....

Es wird zwar im Chart nicht erwähnt, aber die 20,83$ aus der Zeit des Börsengangs von Palm dürften auch eine harte Nuß werden!!! (Die Kurse scheinen rückwirkend um den Palm-Anteil bereinigt zu sein - wie auch beim Comdirect o.Ä.

gesehen bei http://www.investtech.com

Stay long with Palm/3Com
Dot-Com_Put
3Com Expands Line of Radically Simple WebCam Products With 3Com HomeConnect PC Digital WebCam Lite; Video Internet Fun for Everyone is Now More Affordable

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2000--3Com Corporation, (Nasdaq: COMS) a leader in offering radically simple products and solutions for the Digital Home, today announced the launch of the 3Com(R) HomeConnect(TM) PC Digital WebCam Lite, the newest member of 3Com`s growing line of digital cameras and accessories. Everyone in the family can now have more Internet fun and stay connected with the PC Digital WebCam Lite, which features user-friendly, plug and play set-up and high-quality, still-picture and motion video capturing.

"The PC Digital WebCam Lite is a great value that lets everyone in the family enjoy video communications. 3Com is offering more people the opportunity to share photos, create exciting videos, web albums and webcards over the Internet," said Anna Pappas, Solutions and Product Line Marketing Manger for 3Com. "3Com is committed to expanding this product line so video communication is more affordable and offers the right products for everyone."

When Lite is Enough

With the PC Digital WebCam Lite, 3Com makes it radically simple to enjoy the benefits of video communications for people who require less flexibility and mobility in their video needs, but still want a high-quality webcam at a lower price. For example, the WebCam Lite is perfect for the senior citizen who is homebound and simply needs a device to connect with friends and family. For someone who works from home, a stationary webcam is all that is needed since the webcam stays in one place and portability is less significant. Parents who want to give video communications to all the members of their household can now accomplish this more affordably since they can now network everyone with this lower-priced webcam. When the budget is tight, but a webcam is needed, the PC Digital WebCam Lite is a great alternative to 3Com`s original webcam, while offering users the ability to send webcards, still photos and moving video to loved ones near and far at a high quality.

The PC Digital WebCam Lite is part of 3Com`s expanding category of webcam products that includes:

PC Digital WebCam -- a high-end camera that utilizes low-light technology

PC Digital Travel Pak -- a small, portable, pleather case that holds an additional 2ft USB cable, laptop clip (also available separately) and adapter

PC Digital Lens Pak -- 3 additional lenses for the PC Digital WebCam only -- wide angle, close-up and telephoto.

Low Price, High Quality

For a list price of $79.95, the PC Digital WebCam Lite comes with a CD that contains camera drivers, Microsoft Netmeeting for live video calls over the Internet, Taveo`s Webcam program for streaming live video on the web, Video Producer for sharing and storing video on the web and an exciting ARCSOFT software bundle that offers:

PhotoIsland -- Store photos in secure and private account with 50MB free space on the web!

PhotoStudio -- Edit photos with professional quality results using simple editing tools and send video and still email postcards!

PhotoBase -- Generate web albums and web pages with sound and special effects!

VideoImpression -- Capture video, create movie multi-media presentations in AVI, MPEG and EXE formats!

PhotoPrinter -- Templates for creativity! Create calendars with family pictures, wallet sized, photo-quality pictures of kids, pets and more!

Hardware features include:

-- High-quality progressive 1/4" VGA CCD image sensor that
supports 640x480, 320x240, 160x120 and 176x144 resolutions

-- Frame rates ranging from 10 fps at 640x480 up to 30 fps at
176x144

-- USB interface -- true plug-and-play ease, without requiring
any video board install

-- High-quality still pictures & motion video capturing

-- Snap shot button for instant still image capture

-- Supports Windows 98, Windows 98SE and Windows Millennium
Operating Systems

In addition to the exciting software bundle and high-quality 3Com hardware, the PC Digital WebCam Lite is very attractive. The purple, small, sleek casing adds a touch of flair to any desktop.

All PC Digital WebCam products and accessories are available for purchase on the web at www.3com.com/video and at select retailers nationwide.

3Com`s Digital Home

3Com`s vision of a digital home is one that connects family members to each other and to important information -- both within and outside the home. Based on real-life consumer needs for Internet connectivity, the digital home parlays 3Com`s acknowledged expertise in networking computers and enriches consumers` lifestyles with simple, reliable and innovative products. Encompassing a wide variety of available products, 3Com is the only company that provides every connectivity element required by digital home members -- such as cable and DSL modems, home network products, Internet appliances and PC WebCams.
IP Telephony Market Accelerating; The Phillips Group-Infotech Expands Coverage of IP-Based Solutions in
TelecomTactics

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony market accelerated significantly in the first half of
2000 with 110,700 IP-PBX lines shipped during that period, according to the InfoTrack for Enterprise Communications report,
published by The Phillips Group-InfoTech. The report predicts that activity in this segment will double during the first half of 2001 as
new products hit the market.

The Phillips Group-InfoTech, the world`s leading provider of information and strategic consulting to the communications industry also
announced today it is expanding its coverage of Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony products with its Web-based information service and
database, TelecomTactics.

According to reports from The Phillips Group-Infotech, Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) recently introduced CallManager 3.0, an AVVID
voice/data solution that scales from small branch offices to large organizations of up to 100,000 users. Siemens is also launching several
new products to enhance its HiPath product line, while 3Com (Nasdaq: COMS) reports large shipments of its NBX 100 IP-based
solution.

"The year 2000 has seen a significant increase in the introduction of IP-PBX and PC-PBX systems from vendors including AltiGen
(Nasdaq: ATGN), Artisoft (Nasdaq: ASFT), Avaya (Nasdaq: AV), 3Com (Nasdaq: COMS), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO),
Ericsson-WebCom (Nasdaq: ERCY), NEC (Nasdaq: NIPNY), Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT), Shoreline Communications, Vertical
Networks, and others," said Ed Schwabe, senior analyst at The Phillips Group -- InfoTech. "Many of these software-based PBX
solutions easily accommodate built-in auto attendant and voice mail capabilities, providing a cost savings over traditional Key and PBX
systems that require external equipment."

The web-based Telecom Tactics service and database provide sales and marketing organizations and product planning groups
side-by-side capability, a straightforward comparison of system capacities, hardware, features and applications, as well as highlights of
system strengths and weaknesses.

"With Telecom Tactics, sales executives, dealers, and product managers can quickly access current telephone system information via
their Web Browser to obtain critical market intelligence of more than 1,300 corporate phone systems manufactured by over 200
vendors, including Avaya (NYSE: AV), Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Shoreline, 3Com (Nasdaq:
COMS), Vertical Networks and Alcatel (NYSE: ALA)," Schwabe added.

Used internationally by sales executives, dealers, and product managers from many leading telecommunications companies,
TelecomTactics is invaluable as a single source of competitive information to strategize effectively within the telecommunications
industry. For more information about TelecomTactics, visit http://www.thephillipsgroup.net or call 1-800-678-4642.

The Phillips Group-InfoTech (http://www.phillips-infotech.com), a global professional services company with offices in Parsippany,
N.J., London and Washington, D.C., specializes in market intelligence for the telecommunications and information technologies
industries. In addition to conducting primary research studies, the company offers a comprehensive range of professional services,
including custom consulting, InfoTracks and TelecomTactics database products, professional conferences, market and competitive
intelligence analyses and custom marketing programs.
3Com Unveils Biggest Commercial Product Announcement in Company`s History; 3Com Offers the Most Powerful and Affordable Internet and Telephony Business Solutions

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 6, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced the biggest set of commercial networking products in the company`s history.

The new products meet the new fundamental needs of modern business: how to make the network run faster, keep people constantly connected and do it all more securely and at the best possible price. 3Com uniquely combines rich connectivity with radical simplicity.

"This announcement clearly demonstrates 3Com`s commitment to the commercial market," said Bruce Claflin, 3Com`s president and chief operating officer. "Today, we`re taking the hottest networking technologies, making them drop-dead easy to use and delivering the entire solution at the best possible value."

3Com`s strategy for growth is to leverage the most important developments in the networking marketplace today. These include Web-based business operations, convergence of voice, data and video, and wireless networks to increase people`s mobility.

"3Com is leading the drive toward simplicity in networking and it will open the door wider for more businesses to do more with networking," said Patrick Paczkowski, an analyst with Sterling, VA-based research firm Current Analysis. "3Com`s strategy to offer a complete, new portfolio of LAN, Web, wireless and voice products is solid, both in terms of its integrated approach for customers and its addressing the requirements of the enterprises of the 21st century."

3Com Makes the Web Work Faster, More Securely and More Simply

Just as 3Com led the transition from 10Mbps to 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 3Com is now leading the transition to Gigabit Ethernet. "Today`s network applications are driving the demand for ever faster networking at affordable prices," said Claflin, "3Com is making Gigabit Ethernet 30-50 percent lower cost than any other networking vendor. In total, only 3Com has the experience and expertise to unleash the power of Gigabit Ethernet from the data center backbone all the way to the desktop."

Today, 3Com is introducing the next generation of its award-winning, market-leading SuperStack(R) product family. The new SuperStack 3 Switch 4900 offers high-performance Gigabit Ethernet -- over either conventional copper wiring or fiber -- and Layer 3 switching. The SuperStack 3 Switch 3300s are six new, easy-to-use models of stackable 10/100/1000 Mbps switch offering industry-leading price-performance.

Today, 3Com is introducing a new line of Web-enablement products that make the Web work faster and more securely. These products offer Web caching, content switching and firewall security and build on 3Com`s high performance SuperStack 3 switching. They are affordable and substantially easier for all businesses to use. 3Com`s new Web-enablement products are designed to take less than 15 minutes to install and configure. Competitive products take two hours or more.

"These new 3Com solutions are good for a company likes ours that doesn`t have a large, in-house tech support group," said Gerald Walsh, general manager of UPN 65, a Virginia-based television station. "The new 3Com solutions are business-friendly and I am very enthusiastic about the service and support that 3Com is offering along with the warranties."

3Com(R) NBX(R) Communications System Goes Global

As the market-leader in IP-PBX in North America today, 3Com is adding multiple language support to the industry-leading telephony feature set to position 3Com`s NBX Communications System as the world class choice for companies around the world. The 3Com NBX Communications System lets business leverage their investment in data networks to easily and inexpensively carry voice.

When combined with 3Com`s new SuperStack 3 products, the NBX system has even greater capacity to enhance availability and to integrate a wider range of converged voice/data applications. In addition, through a strategic alliance with marchFIRST, SuperStack and NBX technologies form the foundation of Contact Advantage(TM), a multi-media contact center solution for businesses with small and medium-sized call centers that integrate phone, fax, Web and email communications to improve customer service.

3Com Announces its First Solution Set of Bluetooth(TM) Wireless Products

Today, 3Com introduced an entire suite of Bluetooth wireless access point, PC Card, and USB Adapters. These products are the foundation of a new generation of conference room and personal connectivity. 3Com`s new Bluetooth suite of products complements its market-leading AirConnect(R) line of Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) products. Last week, 3Com announced that it acquired Nomadic Technologies, a company specializing in connecting peripherals such as printers, scanners and storage into wireless networks.

Surge Upward in Market Growth

The new products that 3Com announced today are aimed at a market that is projected by independent research firms to grow from $4 billion (U.S. dollars) this year to close to $10 billion by 2002.

"The new Gigabit Ethernet, Web-enablement, telephony and wireless solutions position 3Com strongly for this surge in commercial market growth," Claflin said. "3Com is unlike any other networking company because we will let businesses focus on their business model instead of their network topology. We believe it in our bones when we say, `Simple sets you free.`"
New Technology Provides Access to Music Collection From Multiple Devices

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobility is a vital component of new digital technology and consumers are increasingly demanding anytime/anywhere access to information and entertainment. In a move designed to facilitate this access, music lovers can now synchronize their digital music collection and event listings to all their web-enabled devices through the implementation of newly developed technology.

MP3.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP) today announced it will provide its millions of users access to fusionOne`s 1-Click Sync(TM) technology, designed to enable the instant synchronization of MP3 audio files and event listings from MP3.com (www.mp3.com) to a user`s collection of online and offline devices to include PCs, PDAs and mobile phones. The service is made possible through a partnership between MP3.com and fusionOne.

"We believe that our partnership with fusionOne provides a groundbreaking service to our users," said Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com (www.mp3.com). "Now, not only will users have online access to their favorite songs on MP3.com, but they will also be able to enjoy them from other computing devices that support MP3 files. We look forward to working closely with fusionOne to broaden this service to even more devices, including automobiles and mobile phones."

Visitors to MP3.com can now select songs, files or events available for download from the web site and fusionOne`s 1-Click Sync is designed to automatically sync the content to any fusionOne-enabled device that supports that class of content, whether it be a PC, handheld device, mobile phone, or web application. If the user is not a fusionOne subscriber, fusionOne software can be downloaded for free on the site.

"Our relationship with fusionOne demonstrates the way in which we are seeking to add optimum value for our strategic partners by making their service ubiquitous throughout the MP3.com environment," said Donald Buffamanti, senior vice president of business development at MP3.com. "By integrating innovative technology into the fabric of our site, we are able to provide millions of users with one-click access to new services. We invite forward-looking technology companies to contact us with their visions for growing and enhancing the online digital experience."

The fusionOne service is based on a unique technology architecture designed to rapidly synchronize information across both compatible and traditionally incompatible systems, providing synchronization for personal digital information such as calendar, contacts, email, bookmarks and files.

"Traditionally, file synchronization has been limited to device-to-device sync. Through this partnership with MP3.com, we are revolutionizing the industry`s approach to sync by expanding the application to online files and content," said Rick Onyon, president and CEO of fusionOne. "Now, when MP3.com users download a selection, their song will appear on all of their personal devices, without the need to duplicate the downloading process."

Technology companies interested in more information on integrating their services with MP3.com should contact the company`s business development division at strategicp@mp3.com.


3Com Corporation Announces Availability of New Total Control 1000 Enhanced Data System

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) solutions to service providers around the globe, today announced it is shipping a new enhanced data system for its flagship Total Control(R) 1000 multiservice access platform. Four new card sets combine to deliver higher port densities, enhanced performance and expanded service capabilities in the Total Control 1000 enhanced data system.

Service providers using the Total Control 1000 enhanced data system can deploy a broad range of services -- dial access, virtual private networking (VPN), IP telephony, cable modem termination and current and 3G Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless access -- on a single platform using a common set of authentication and billing services. The system supports a wide range of packet network connections including Ethernet, Frame Relay, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and X.25. The system gives service providers the ability to terminate voice, data and fax calls over analog, digital subscriber line (DSL) and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) modems.

"Service providers are continually looking to offer new services and features to subscribers, and to do so without having to re-engineer their network with the introduction of each new service," said Todd Landry, vice president, product management, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "Our Total Control 1000 enhanced data system allows them to do just that -- deliver new technologies and revenue-generating services via a single platform. With the new card sets, value-added features such as multicast, IPSec, class-of-service and virtual private networking can easily be added to an existing network."

Features of the New Total Control 1000 Card Sets

The new Total Control 1000 enhanced data system includes:

-- Total Control 1000 digital signal processor (DSP) multispan
card sets supporting up to four-times the density of current
cards, and featuring multiple interface options with the
lowest power requirement and heat dissipation of any
high-density solution in the industry;

-- Total Control 1000 Digital Service Level 3 (DS-3) ingress card
sets for time division multiplexing (TDM) call aggregation
into the system;

-- Total Control 1000 access router card sets, featuring a
significant increase in processing power and an independent,
out-of-band encryption engine; and

-- Total Control 1000 network management card sets that host
increased processing power and storage.

The advanced design of the 96-port Total Control 1000 DSP multispan card set allows multiple modem sessions, ISDN processing and point-to-point protocol (PPP) co-processing on a single DSP -- delivering high-level functionality in a small space. The card set can process three E1 or four T1 spans (96 channels per card) within just one platform slot. In a fully populated Total Control 1000 system, up to 672 calls via T1 and up to 630 calls via E1 can be processed. Unlike a simple modem card, the DSP card set features a fully reprogrammable DSP engine that lets administrators reconfigure the system to implement new technologies and applications. The card set supports a wide range of trunk signaling and communications standards, including many T1/E1/PRI and SS7 intermachine trunks (IMTs).

The Total Control 1000 DS-3 ingress card provides customers with a cost-effective solution for terminating DS-3s rather than direct E1/T1 signals to Total Control 1000 DSP multispan card sets. Each set functions within the Total Control 1000 system to provide wide area network (WAN) ingress access via DS-3 connectivity. The DS-3 ingress card terminates a DS-3 span consisting of 28 individual T1 spans, breaks it down into 672 individual channels and forwards DS-0s to DSP multispan cards. In an upcoming release, 3Com Carrier Networks Business will offer an optional redundant DS-3 card set for increased protection against system failure and downtime. This solution will augment the power supply and router redundancy currently available within the Total Control 1000 system.

The Total Control 1000 access router card set works with the Total Control 1000 DSP multispan card set to process packet content of digital and analog connections and route up to 672 calls and maintain 2,000 VPN tunnel sessions with wire-speed encryption to various LAN/WAN interfaces. The access router card set supports a broad set of LAN and WAN protocols. It provides full access routing functionality; Quality of Service support with IP TOS bits; anti-spoofing security features; per-user firewalls with source, destination, application and protocol filtering; STAC compression; Routing Information Protocol (RIP) and RIPv2; Open Shortest Path First (OSPF); Multicast support with IGMPv2; PPP over Ethernet; and RADIUS and other user authentication support. Access router card sets can be configured to provide load sharing and redundancy for increased access router performance and enhanced availability. Support for simple network management protocol (SNMP) management, call activity logging and RADIUS accounting ensure a high level of oversight and control over network access activities. In addition, card sets support CHAP, PAP and MSCHAP security protocols and offer dedicated wire-speed encryption, including triple-DES and key handling services for dial access or subscriber aggregation services.

The Total Control 1000 network management card provides complete SNMP-based remote management of the Total Control 1000 system. The network management card includes robust chassis event and alarm reporting; configuration management; software download to chassis elements; chassis parameter storage; and rapid response to pre-configured chassis event. When integrated with the Total Control 1000 platform, the network management card enables operation support system (OSS)-based services such as resource management, service-level agreement (SLA) monitoring and bandwidth management. Based on next-generation hardware, basic input/output system (BIOS) and a real-time operating system, the network management card allows high capacity for trap and alarm traffic for the ever-increasing port densities and evolving call models for new, enhanced applications.

Enhanced Data Systems in the CommWorks(R) Architecture

Enhanced data systems are an integral part of the CommWorks(R) architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The three-tier CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. The architecture consists of:

-- The Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options.

-- The Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services.

-- The Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.

Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.
3Com Corporation and Copper Mountain Networks Announce End-to-End Solution for Secure, Cost-Effective VPN Service Over DSL

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

3Com/Copper Mountain Solution Enables DSL Providers to Cost-Effectively Provision, Scale, and Manage Virtual Private Network Services

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) and Copper Mountain Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMTN) today announced an end-to-end solution that enables DSL broadband providers to efficiently deliver secure Virtual Private Networks over DSL (VPNoDSL). The 3Com/Copper Mountain VPNoDSL solution combines the advanced VPN tunnel-switching technology of 3Com Carrier Networks Business` Total Control(R) 1000 multi-service access platform with the robust aggregation capabilities of Copper Mountain`s Internet protocol (IP)-optimized CopperEdge(R) 200 DSL Concentrator. This solution eliminates the need for additional subscriber management systems, enabling providers to simplify and centralize the provisioning and management of business-class VPNoDSL service and lower their capital equipment costs.

"DSL broadband providers now have a very robust solution for cost-competitive VPN services," said Todd Landry, vice president, Product Management, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "3Com`s tunnel-switching technology boosts VPNoDSL performance by minimizing connection overhead and increasing capacity across public networks, while the CopperEdge 200 leverages Copper Mountain`s expertise in IP-based DSL to enable providers to cost-effectively provision and scale VPN service at the network`s edge. VPN is a high-value service, and this end-to-end VPN over DSL solution enables DSL broadband providers to become competitive players in this arena."

"Our IP-optimized DSL access technology includes aggregation capabilities that allow service providers to direct VPN traffic from multiple subscribers into a single virtual circuit, dramatically reducing providers` provisioning and on-going management costs and enabling them to easily scale their VPNoDSL service," said Keith Higgins, vice president of Product Marketing at Copper Mountain Networks. "The joint solution further underscores the value and strength of the relationship between our two companies."

"The demand for VPN services is increasing rapidly, and the revenue potential is substantial," said Kevin Mitchell, service provider networks analyst of Infonetics Research. "Our recent study of US Tier 2 service providers shows that 76% of the respondents deploying DSL plan to offer VPN services over that broadband connection in 2001. These providers look to use DSL as an enabling platform for value-added services such as VPNs; this provides tremendous value to the customer and helps expedite the service providers` return on investment."

About the 3Com/Copper Mountain End-to-End VPNoDSL Solution

The 3Com/Copper Mountain end-to-end VPNoDSL solution integrates the advanced IP service intelligence of the CopperEdge 200 DSL concentrator with the VPN tunnel-switching capabilities of 3Com`s Total Control 1000 platform. The CopperEdge 200 DSL Concentrator dynamically recognizes user profiles and services at the IP layer, aggregates all VPN traffic from multiple subscribers in a geographic region onto a single virtual circuit and forwards the traffic to the Total Control 1000 platform. The Total Control 1000 platform applies its various security and tunneling services to the VPN traffic (e.g., IPSec, L2TP, authentication, accounting, and billing) and forwards it to an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switch or to an IP-based router.


3Com Corporation Introduces Two New Carrier-Class Solutions for Virtual Private Networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

VPN Solutions are Based on the Versatile CommWorks(R) Architecture and Flagship Total Control(R) 1000 Platform for High Performance and Reliability

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) solutions to service providers around the globe, today announced the availability of two new carrier-class solutions for delivering virtual private network (VPN) services. The VPN solutions from 3Com`s Carrier Networks Business are media access independent and can be delivered via cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless or remote access networks.

With these solutions, service providers can offer their enterprise customers secure, encrypted Internet connectivity for intranet, extranet and remote access. Mobile workers and remote office sites can access the same robust IP-based applications used on corporate local area networks (LANs). In addition, secure e-commerce applications with centralized, integrated security management are enabled.

"Virtual private networks are perhaps the most promising option available today for service providers looking to tap new revenue streams and differentiate services," said Irfan Ali, senior vice president and general manager, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "More and more, enterprises are leveraging the power and presence of public networks for their private networking applications. By deploying VPNs, service providers boost their ability to retain and grow their customer base, increase profitability and position themselves to deliver enhanced services like videoconferencing, e-commerce, IP telephony, distance learning and multimedia business applications."

VPNs also offer large service providers opportunities for "port wholesaling," where they can outsource VPN tunnels to smaller service providers for secure Internet or site-to-site access.

"Highly scalable secure tunneling capability combined with dial access positions the Total Control 1000 platform as a truly unique service creation platform," said Shawn Brown, founder, Source Technology, Waltham, Mass., a leading provider of innovative products and services to Internet service providers, telcos, competitive local exchange carries and cable operators. "3Com Carrier Networks has caused a paradigm shift in the access and subscriber aggregation market space by enabling second-stage concentration, tunnel switching, encryption, virtual routing and port wholesaling capabilities within the Total Control 1000 platform."

VPN Market Continues to Grow

Worldwide VPN products and services revenue is projected to reach $40 billion by 2004, with service spending accounting for approximately 90 percent of total revenue. The United States is expected to account for roughly 44 percent of worldwide service revenue by 2004, with the rest of the world accounting for the remaining 56 percent (Source: "User Plans for VPN Products and Services in the US 2000," Infonetics Research Inc., April 2000).

Dramatic growth in remote offices, coupled with an increasing need for voice and data communication with a variety of audiences, has heightened the need for secure, high-speed connectivity among geographically disbursed locations. VPNs offer service providers and their customer more flexibility, making it possible to augment network capabilities with functionality and features not available over a private network. Typical VPN applications include connectivity for remote offices and telecommuters; site-to-site connectivity within an organization; and enterprise extranets connecting suppliers, customers, and business partners.

VPN Solutions Based on Flagship Total Control 1000 Platform

3Com Carrier Networks` VPN solutions incorporate multiple Total Control 1000 platforms, configured with a combination of high performance Total Control 1000 access router card sets and Total Control 1000 digital signaling processor multispan card sets. Depending on the mix of cards, the platform functions as a VPN gateway, VPN concentrator, VPN terminator or VPN tunnel switch. This solution provides nearly 1.5 Gbps bandwidth and a minimum capacity of 32,000 tunnels with 3DES hardware encryption, up to 168 bit.

VPN solutions from 3Com Carrier Networks Business include:

-- Standards-based VPN support for service providers serving
customers that require IETF/RFC standards-based VPN protocol
support for a multivendor network environment with enhanced
security. Security includes L2TP/PPTP and IPSec encryption
with 3DES. This solution consists of three Total Control 1000
platforms, configured to provide the functionality of the VPN
concentrator, VPN terminator and VPN tunnel switch.

-- Customer Controlled Access (CCA)-based VPN support for
customers who need to provide per user tunnels with multiple
customer support on a single VPN gateway Frame Relay-based
network. In addition to providing standard VPN services and
enhanced security, this solution includes features such as
Virtual Terminal Protocol (VTP), private route tables,
multiple virtual routers, and Permanent Virtual Circuits
(PVCs).

VPNs in the CommWorks Architecture

VPN solutions are an integral part of the CommWorks architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks. The architecture consists of:

-- the Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options;

-- the Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services; and

-- the Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.

As a component of tier one (the media processing layer) of the three-tier CommWorks architecture, the Total Control 1000 platform enables service providers to leverage existing infrastructure while migrating to next-generation IP-based networks. The modular system architecture of the Total Control 1000 platform allows service providers to easily increase modem density or add router redundancy to previously deployed systems. The system allows existing and new enhanced data system cards to reside in the same chassis, making it simple to introduce new service options and higher densities without a forklift chassis upgrade.

Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.
3Com Corporation and Copper Mountain Networks Announce End-to-End Solution for Secure, Cost-Effective VPN Service Over DSL

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

3Com/Copper Mountain Solution Enables DSL Providers to Cost-Effectively Provision, Scale, and Manage Virtual Private Network Services

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) and Copper Mountain Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMTN) today announced an end-to-end solution that enables DSL broadband providers to efficiently deliver secure Virtual Private Networks over DSL (VPNoDSL). The 3Com/Copper Mountain VPNoDSL solution combines the advanced VPN tunnel-switching technology of 3Com Carrier Networks Business` Total Control(R) 1000 multi-service access platform with the robust aggregation capabilities of Copper Mountain`s Internet protocol (IP)-optimized CopperEdge(R) 200 DSL Concentrator. This solution eliminates the need for additional subscriber management systems, enabling providers to simplify and centralize the provisioning and management of business-class VPNoDSL service and lower their capital equipment costs.

"DSL broadband providers now have a very robust solution for cost-competitive VPN services," said Todd Landry, vice president, Product Management, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "3Com`s tunnel-switching technology boosts VPNoDSL performance by minimizing connection overhead and increasing capacity across public networks, while the CopperEdge 200 leverages Copper Mountain`s expertise in IP-based DSL to enable providers to cost-effectively provision and scale VPN service at the network`s edge. VPN is a high-value service, and this end-to-end VPN over DSL solution enables DSL broadband providers to become competitive players in this arena."

"Our IP-optimized DSL access technology includes aggregation capabilities that allow service providers to direct VPN traffic from multiple subscribers into a single virtual circuit, dramatically reducing providers` provisioning and on-going management costs and enabling them to easily scale their VPNoDSL service," said Keith Higgins, vice president of Product Marketing at Copper Mountain Networks. "The joint solution further underscores the value and strength of the relationship between our two companies."

"The demand for VPN services is increasing rapidly, and the revenue potential is substantial," said Kevin Mitchell, service provider networks analyst of Infonetics Research. "Our recent study of US Tier 2 service providers shows that 76% of the respondents deploying DSL plan to offer VPN services over that broadband connection in 2001. These providers look to use DSL as an enabling platform for value-added services such as VPNs; this provides tremendous value to the customer and helps expedite the service providers` return on investment."

About the 3Com/Copper Mountain End-to-End VPNoDSL Solution

The 3Com/Copper Mountain end-to-end VPNoDSL solution integrates the advanced IP service intelligence of the CopperEdge 200 DSL concentrator with the VPN tunnel-switching capabilities of 3Com`s Total Control 1000 platform. The CopperEdge 200 DSL Concentrator dynamically recognizes user profiles and services at the IP layer, aggregates all VPN traffic from multiple subscribers in a geographic region onto a single virtual circuit and forwards the traffic to the Total Control 1000 platform. The Total Control 1000 platform applies its various security and tunneling services to the VPN traffic (e.g., IPSec, L2TP, authentication, accounting, and billing) and forwards it to an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switch or to an IP-based router.


3Com Corporation Introduces Two New Carrier-Class Solutions for Virtual Private Networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

VPN Solutions are Based on the Versatile CommWorks(R) Architecture and Flagship Total Control(R) 1000 Platform for High Performance and Reliability

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) solutions to service providers around the globe, today announced the availability of two new carrier-class solutions for delivering virtual private network (VPN) services. The VPN solutions from 3Com`s Carrier Networks Business are media access independent and can be delivered via cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless or remote access networks.

With these solutions, service providers can offer their enterprise customers secure, encrypted Internet connectivity for intranet, extranet and remote access. Mobile workers and remote office sites can access the same robust IP-based applications used on corporate local area networks (LANs). In addition, secure e-commerce applications with centralized, integrated security management are enabled.

"Virtual private networks are perhaps the most promising option available today for service providers looking to tap new revenue streams and differentiate services," said Irfan Ali, senior vice president and general manager, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "More and more, enterprises are leveraging the power and presence of public networks for their private networking applications. By deploying VPNs, service providers boost their ability to retain and grow their customer base, increase profitability and position themselves to deliver enhanced services like videoconferencing, e-commerce, IP telephony, distance learning and multimedia business applications."

VPNs also offer large service providers opportunities for "port wholesaling," where they can outsource VPN tunnels to smaller service providers for secure Internet or site-to-site access.

"Highly scalable secure tunneling capability combined with dial access positions the Total Control 1000 platform as a truly unique service creation platform," said Shawn Brown, founder, Source Technology, Waltham, Mass., a leading provider of innovative products and services to Internet service providers, telcos, competitive local exchange carries and cable operators. "3Com Carrier Networks has caused a paradigm shift in the access and subscriber aggregation market space by enabling second-stage concentration, tunnel switching, encryption, virtual routing and port wholesaling capabilities within the Total Control 1000 platform."

VPN Market Continues to Grow

Worldwide VPN products and services revenue is projected to reach $40 billion by 2004, with service spending accounting for approximately 90 percent of total revenue. The United States is expected to account for roughly 44 percent of worldwide service revenue by 2004, with the rest of the world accounting for the remaining 56 percent (Source: "User Plans for VPN Products and Services in the US 2000," Infonetics Research Inc., April 2000).

Dramatic growth in remote offices, coupled with an increasing need for voice and data communication with a variety of audiences, has heightened the need for secure, high-speed connectivity among geographically disbursed locations. VPNs offer service providers and their customer more flexibility, making it possible to augment network capabilities with functionality and features not available over a private network. Typical VPN applications include connectivity for remote offices and telecommuters; site-to-site connectivity within an organization; and enterprise extranets connecting suppliers, customers, and business partners.

VPN Solutions Based on Flagship Total Control 1000 Platform

3Com Carrier Networks` VPN solutions incorporate multiple Total Control 1000 platforms, configured with a combination of high performance Total Control 1000 access router card sets and Total Control 1000 digital signaling processor multispan card sets. Depending on the mix of cards, the platform functions as a VPN gateway, VPN concentrator, VPN terminator or VPN tunnel switch. This solution provides nearly 1.5 Gbps bandwidth and a minimum capacity of 32,000 tunnels with 3DES hardware encryption, up to 168 bit.

VPN solutions from 3Com Carrier Networks Business include:

-- Standards-based VPN support for service providers serving
customers that require IETF/RFC standards-based VPN protocol
support for a multivendor network environment with enhanced
security. Security includes L2TP/PPTP and IPSec encryption
with 3DES. This solution consists of three Total Control 1000
platforms, configured to provide the functionality of the VPN
concentrator, VPN terminator and VPN tunnel switch.

-- Customer Controlled Access (CCA)-based VPN support for
customers who need to provide per user tunnels with multiple
customer support on a single VPN gateway Frame Relay-based
network. In addition to providing standard VPN services and
enhanced security, this solution includes features such as
Virtual Terminal Protocol (VTP), private route tables,
multiple virtual routers, and Permanent Virtual Circuits
(PVCs).

VPNs in the CommWorks Architecture

VPN solutions are an integral part of the CommWorks architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks. The architecture consists of:

-- the Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options;

-- the Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services; and

-- the Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.

As a component of tier one (the media processing layer) of the three-tier CommWorks architecture, the Total Control 1000 platform enables service providers to leverage existing infrastructure while migrating to next-generation IP-based networks. The modular system architecture of the Total Control 1000 platform allows service providers to easily increase modem density or add router redundancy to previously deployed systems. The system allows existing and new enhanced data system cards to reside in the same chassis, making it simple to introduce new service options and higher densities without a forklift chassis upgrade.

Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.
3Com Corporation and Copper Mountain Networks Announce End-to-End Solution for Secure, Cost-Effective VPN Service Over DSL

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

3Com/Copper Mountain Solution Enables DSL Providers to Cost-Effectively Provision, Scale, and Manage Virtual Private Network Services

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) and Copper Mountain Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMTN) today announced an end-to-end solution that enables DSL broadband providers to efficiently deliver secure Virtual Private Networks over DSL (VPNoDSL). The 3Com/Copper Mountain VPNoDSL solution combines the advanced VPN tunnel-switching technology of 3Com Carrier Networks Business` Total Control(R) 1000 multi-service access platform with the robust aggregation capabilities of Copper Mountain`s Internet protocol (IP)-optimized CopperEdge(R) 200 DSL Concentrator. This solution eliminates the need for additional subscriber management systems, enabling providers to simplify and centralize the provisioning and management of business-class VPNoDSL service and lower their capital equipment costs.

"DSL broadband providers now have a very robust solution for cost-competitive VPN services," said Todd Landry, vice president, Product Management, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "3Com`s tunnel-switching technology boosts VPNoDSL performance by minimizing connection overhead and increasing capacity across public networks, while the CopperEdge 200 leverages Copper Mountain`s expertise in IP-based DSL to enable providers to cost-effectively provision and scale VPN service at the network`s edge. VPN is a high-value service, and this end-to-end VPN over DSL solution enables DSL broadband providers to become competitive players in this arena."

"Our IP-optimized DSL access technology includes aggregation capabilities that allow service providers to direct VPN traffic from multiple subscribers into a single virtual circuit, dramatically reducing providers` provisioning and on-going management costs and enabling them to easily scale their VPNoDSL service," said Keith Higgins, vice president of Product Marketing at Copper Mountain Networks. "The joint solution further underscores the value and strength of the relationship between our two companies."

"The demand for VPN services is increasing rapidly, and the revenue potential is substantial," said Kevin Mitchell, service provider networks analyst of Infonetics Research. "Our recent study of US Tier 2 service providers shows that 76% of the respondents deploying DSL plan to offer VPN services over that broadband connection in 2001. These providers look to use DSL as an enabling platform for value-added services such as VPNs; this provides tremendous value to the customer and helps expedite the service providers` return on investment."

About the 3Com/Copper Mountain End-to-End VPNoDSL Solution

The 3Com/Copper Mountain end-to-end VPNoDSL solution integrates the advanced IP service intelligence of the CopperEdge 200 DSL concentrator with the VPN tunnel-switching capabilities of 3Com`s Total Control 1000 platform. The CopperEdge 200 DSL Concentrator dynamically recognizes user profiles and services at the IP layer, aggregates all VPN traffic from multiple subscribers in a geographic region onto a single virtual circuit and forwards the traffic to the Total Control 1000 platform. The Total Control 1000 platform applies its various security and tunneling services to the VPN traffic (e.g., IPSec, L2TP, authentication, accounting, and billing) and forwards it to an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switch or to an IP-based router.


3Com Corporation Introduces Two New Carrier-Class Solutions for Virtual Private Networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

VPN Solutions are Based on the Versatile CommWorks(R) Architecture and Flagship Total Control(R) 1000 Platform for High Performance and Reliability

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) solutions to service providers around the globe, today announced the availability of two new carrier-class solutions for delivering virtual private network (VPN) services. The VPN solutions from 3Com`s Carrier Networks Business are media access independent and can be delivered via cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless or remote access networks.

With these solutions, service providers can offer their enterprise customers secure, encrypted Internet connectivity for intranet, extranet and remote access. Mobile workers and remote office sites can access the same robust IP-based applications used on corporate local area networks (LANs). In addition, secure e-commerce applications with centralized, integrated security management are enabled.

"Virtual private networks are perhaps the most promising option available today for service providers looking to tap new revenue streams and differentiate services," said Irfan Ali, senior vice president and general manager, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "More and more, enterprises are leveraging the power and presence of public networks for their private networking applications. By deploying VPNs, service providers boost their ability to retain and grow their customer base, increase profitability and position themselves to deliver enhanced services like videoconferencing, e-commerce, IP telephony, distance learning and multimedia business applications."

VPNs also offer large service providers opportunities for "port wholesaling," where they can outsource VPN tunnels to smaller service providers for secure Internet or site-to-site access.

"Highly scalable secure tunneling capability combined with dial access positions the Total Control 1000 platform as a truly unique service creation platform," said Shawn Brown, founder, Source Technology, Waltham, Mass., a leading provider of innovative products and services to Internet service providers, telcos, competitive local exchange carries and cable operators. "3Com Carrier Networks has caused a paradigm shift in the access and subscriber aggregation market space by enabling second-stage concentration, tunnel switching, encryption, virtual routing and port wholesaling capabilities within the Total Control 1000 platform."

VPN Market Continues to Grow

Worldwide VPN products and services revenue is projected to reach $40 billion by 2004, with service spending accounting for approximately 90 percent of total revenue. The United States is expected to account for roughly 44 percent of worldwide service revenue by 2004, with the rest of the world accounting for the remaining 56 percent (Source: "User Plans for VPN Products and Services in the US 2000," Infonetics Research Inc., April 2000).

Dramatic growth in remote offices, coupled with an increasing need for voice and data communication with a variety of audiences, has heightened the need for secure, high-speed connectivity among geographically disbursed locations. VPNs offer service providers and their customer more flexibility, making it possible to augment network capabilities with functionality and features not available over a private network. Typical VPN applications include connectivity for remote offices and telecommuters; site-to-site connectivity within an organization; and enterprise extranets connecting suppliers, customers, and business partners.

VPN Solutions Based on Flagship Total Control 1000 Platform

3Com Carrier Networks` VPN solutions incorporate multiple Total Control 1000 platforms, configured with a combination of high performance Total Control 1000 access router card sets and Total Control 1000 digital signaling processor multispan card sets. Depending on the mix of cards, the platform functions as a VPN gateway, VPN concentrator, VPN terminator or VPN tunnel switch. This solution provides nearly 1.5 Gbps bandwidth and a minimum capacity of 32,000 tunnels with 3DES hardware encryption, up to 168 bit.

VPN solutions from 3Com Carrier Networks Business include:

-- Standards-based VPN support for service providers serving
customers that require IETF/RFC standards-based VPN protocol
support for a multivendor network environment with enhanced
security. Security includes L2TP/PPTP and IPSec encryption
with 3DES. This solution consists of three Total Control 1000
platforms, configured to provide the functionality of the VPN
concentrator, VPN terminator and VPN tunnel switch.

-- Customer Controlled Access (CCA)-based VPN support for
customers who need to provide per user tunnels with multiple
customer support on a single VPN gateway Frame Relay-based
network. In addition to providing standard VPN services and
enhanced security, this solution includes features such as
Virtual Terminal Protocol (VTP), private route tables,
multiple virtual routers, and Permanent Virtual Circuits
(PVCs).

VPNs in the CommWorks Architecture

VPN solutions are an integral part of the CommWorks architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks. The architecture consists of:

-- the Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options;

-- the Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services; and

-- the Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.

As a component of tier one (the media processing layer) of the three-tier CommWorks architecture, the Total Control 1000 platform enables service providers to leverage existing infrastructure while migrating to next-generation IP-based networks. The modular system architecture of the Total Control 1000 platform allows service providers to easily increase modem density or add router redundancy to previously deployed systems. The system allows existing and new enhanced data system cards to reside in the same chassis, making it simple to introduce new service options and higher densities without a forklift chassis upgrade.

Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.
3Com Corporation and Copper Mountain Networks Announce End-to-End Solution for Secure, Cost-Effective VPN Service Over DSL

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

3Com/Copper Mountain Solution Enables DSL Providers to Cost-Effectively Provision, Scale, and Manage Virtual Private Network Services

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) and Copper Mountain Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMTN) today announced an end-to-end solution that enables DSL broadband providers to efficiently deliver secure Virtual Private Networks over DSL (VPNoDSL). The 3Com/Copper Mountain VPNoDSL solution combines the advanced VPN tunnel-switching technology of 3Com Carrier Networks Business` Total Control(R) 1000 multi-service access platform with the robust aggregation capabilities of Copper Mountain`s Internet protocol (IP)-optimized CopperEdge(R) 200 DSL Concentrator. This solution eliminates the need for additional subscriber management systems, enabling providers to simplify and centralize the provisioning and management of business-class VPNoDSL service and lower their capital equipment costs.

"DSL broadband providers now have a very robust solution for cost-competitive VPN services," said Todd Landry, vice president, Product Management, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "3Com`s tunnel-switching technology boosts VPNoDSL performance by minimizing connection overhead and increasing capacity across public networks, while the CopperEdge 200 leverages Copper Mountain`s expertise in IP-based DSL to enable providers to cost-effectively provision and scale VPN service at the network`s edge. VPN is a high-value service, and this end-to-end VPN over DSL solution enables DSL broadband providers to become competitive players in this arena."

"Our IP-optimized DSL access technology includes aggregation capabilities that allow service providers to direct VPN traffic from multiple subscribers into a single virtual circuit, dramatically reducing providers` provisioning and on-going management costs and enabling them to easily scale their VPNoDSL service," said Keith Higgins, vice president of Product Marketing at Copper Mountain Networks. "The joint solution further underscores the value and strength of the relationship between our two companies."

"The demand for VPN services is increasing rapidly, and the revenue potential is substantial," said Kevin Mitchell, service provider networks analyst of Infonetics Research. "Our recent study of US Tier 2 service providers shows that 76% of the respondents deploying DSL plan to offer VPN services over that broadband connection in 2001. These providers look to use DSL as an enabling platform for value-added services such as VPNs; this provides tremendous value to the customer and helps expedite the service providers` return on investment."

About the 3Com/Copper Mountain End-to-End VPNoDSL Solution

The 3Com/Copper Mountain end-to-end VPNoDSL solution integrates the advanced IP service intelligence of the CopperEdge 200 DSL concentrator with the VPN tunnel-switching capabilities of 3Com`s Total Control 1000 platform. The CopperEdge 200 DSL Concentrator dynamically recognizes user profiles and services at the IP layer, aggregates all VPN traffic from multiple subscribers in a geographic region onto a single virtual circuit and forwards the traffic to the Total Control 1000 platform. The Total Control 1000 platform applies its various security and tunneling services to the VPN traffic (e.g., IPSec, L2TP, authentication, accounting, and billing) and forwards it to an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switch or to an IP-based router.


3Com Corporation Introduces Two New Carrier-Class Solutions for Virtual Private Networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2000--

VPN Solutions are Based on the Versatile CommWorks(R) Architecture and Flagship Total Control(R) 1000 Platform for High Performance and Reliability

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) solutions to service providers around the globe, today announced the availability of two new carrier-class solutions for delivering virtual private network (VPN) services. The VPN solutions from 3Com`s Carrier Networks Business are media access independent and can be delivered via cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless or remote access networks.

With these solutions, service providers can offer their enterprise customers secure, encrypted Internet connectivity for intranet, extranet and remote access. Mobile workers and remote office sites can access the same robust IP-based applications used on corporate local area networks (LANs). In addition, secure e-commerce applications with centralized, integrated security management are enabled.

"Virtual private networks are perhaps the most promising option available today for service providers looking to tap new revenue streams and differentiate services," said Irfan Ali, senior vice president and general manager, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "More and more, enterprises are leveraging the power and presence of public networks for their private networking applications. By deploying VPNs, service providers boost their ability to retain and grow their customer base, increase profitability and position themselves to deliver enhanced services like videoconferencing, e-commerce, IP telephony, distance learning and multimedia business applications."

VPNs also offer large service providers opportunities for "port wholesaling," where they can outsource VPN tunnels to smaller service providers for secure Internet or site-to-site access.

"Highly scalable secure tunneling capability combined with dial access positions the Total Control 1000 platform as a truly unique service creation platform," said Shawn Brown, founder, Source Technology, Waltham, Mass., a leading provider of innovative products and services to Internet service providers, telcos, competitive local exchange carries and cable operators. "3Com Carrier Networks has caused a paradigm shift in the access and subscriber aggregation market space by enabling second-stage concentration, tunnel switching, encryption, virtual routing and port wholesaling capabilities within the Total Control 1000 platform."

VPN Market Continues to Grow

Worldwide VPN products and services revenue is projected to reach $40 billion by 2004, with service spending accounting for approximately 90 percent of total revenue. The United States is expected to account for roughly 44 percent of worldwide service revenue by 2004, with the rest of the world accounting for the remaining 56 percent (Source: "User Plans for VPN Products and Services in the US 2000," Infonetics Research Inc., April 2000).

Dramatic growth in remote offices, coupled with an increasing need for voice and data communication with a variety of audiences, has heightened the need for secure, high-speed connectivity among geographically disbursed locations. VPNs offer service providers and their customer more flexibility, making it possible to augment network capabilities with functionality and features not available over a private network. Typical VPN applications include connectivity for remote offices and telecommuters; site-to-site connectivity within an organization; and enterprise extranets connecting suppliers, customers, and business partners.

VPN Solutions Based on Flagship Total Control 1000 Platform

3Com Carrier Networks` VPN solutions incorporate multiple Total Control 1000 platforms, configured with a combination of high performance Total Control 1000 access router card sets and Total Control 1000 digital signaling processor multispan card sets. Depending on the mix of cards, the platform functions as a VPN gateway, VPN concentrator, VPN terminator or VPN tunnel switch. This solution provides nearly 1.5 Gbps bandwidth and a minimum capacity of 32,000 tunnels with 3DES hardware encryption, up to 168 bit.

VPN solutions from 3Com Carrier Networks Business include:

-- Standards-based VPN support for service providers serving
customers that require IETF/RFC standards-based VPN protocol
support for a multivendor network environment with enhanced
security. Security includes L2TP/PPTP and IPSec encryption
with 3DES. This solution consists of three Total Control 1000
platforms, configured to provide the functionality of the VPN
concentrator, VPN terminator and VPN tunnel switch.

-- Customer Controlled Access (CCA)-based VPN support for
customers who need to provide per user tunnels with multiple
customer support on a single VPN gateway Frame Relay-based
network. In addition to providing standard VPN services and
enhanced security, this solution includes features such as
Virtual Terminal Protocol (VTP), private route tables,
multiple virtual routers, and Permanent Virtual Circuits
(PVCs).

VPNs in the CommWorks Architecture

VPN solutions are an integral part of the CommWorks architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks. The architecture consists of:

-- the Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options;

-- the Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services; and

-- the Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.

As a component of tier one (the media processing layer) of the three-tier CommWorks architecture, the Total Control 1000 platform enables service providers to leverage existing infrastructure while migrating to next-generation IP-based networks. The modular system architecture of the Total Control 1000 platform allows service providers to easily increase modem density or add router redundancy to previously deployed systems. The system allows existing and new enhanced data system cards to reside in the same chassis, making it simple to introduce new service options and higher densities without a forklift chassis upgrade.

Standards-based and designed with open interfaces throughout, the CommWorks architecture meets the telecommunications industry`s need for a coherent architecture that allows the deployment of multiple services in a single, unified networking environment. The CommWorks architecture streamlines the migration from today`s analog networks to next-generation, packet-based converged networks.
Planet Project Ignites World Interest in First Global Internet Poll; Planet Project Called `Fantastic,` Sparks Discussions and Forecasts Abroad

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2000--With the world`s largest interactive Internet-based poll just six days away, news organizations around the world are hailing the Planet Project(TM) as "fantastic," "magnificent" and the key to learning "more about what holds the world together at the beginning of the next millennium." In addition, the Planet Project (www.planetproject.com), is sparking tremendous curiosity worldwide, from online communities, educators and celebrities, as people around the planet get ready to share and compare their personal experiences about what it`s like to be a human being at the start of the new century.

Taking place from Nov. 15 to 18, the Planet Project poll will give people an unparalleled opportunity to share their views and instantly compare their responses with other people around the world. The Planet Project was specifically designed to also include the voices of people without access to the Internet. To that end, thousands of volunteers will head to some of the most remote spots on earth, as well as to urban areas, to offer the poll to those without access to technology.

Rick Smolan, director of the Planet Project and creator of the best-selling "Day in the Life" photography book series, said this unprecedented interactive event has captured worldwide attention, from media around the world, to academics at Free University Brussels in Belgium and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, to Internet chatrooms. "People are excited about this," Smolan said. "This is a chance to be a part of something that, years from now, people will look back on as history in the making."

Spreading the Word to the World

Foreign and U.S. media have commented on the Planet Project`s potential to create an unprecedented global community:

-- "The power of the Internet will be harnessed to measure the
state of the human race." -Herald Sun, Australia

-- "Now all the world`s population will be asked for their
opinions, hopes, fears and dreams. It is a magnificent global
opinion poll via the Internet." -Computerworld Online

-- "Remember the old commercial about buying the world a Coke? In
an Information Age version of that notion, 3Com, Inc. plans to
use the Internet to poll people around the world for their
views on sex, education, dreams and other personal topics."
-The Associated Press, United States

-- "Practically anyone with a shred of optimism in their outlook
will agree that -- even with only partial success -- the
results will be fascinating, enlightening and might offer an
insight into other cultures with a value that can only be
guessed at." -Inter@ctive Week, South Africa

-- "Maybe after the first global interactive online poll, we will
know a little more about what holds the world together at the
beginning of the next millenium: the Internet." -Der
Tagesspiegel, Germany

-- "The problem with public-opinion polling on the Internet is
that it excludes vast populations that aren`t wired -- up to
99% of all people in some developing countries. Until now.
3Com Corp., a U.S.-based network-technology company, has found
a way around the `digital divide` with a project designed to
find out how the world feels about everything from love,
marriage and sex to religion and law enforcement." -Far
Eastern Economic Review

-- "It`s sex, God and the Internet." -San Jose Mercury News,
United States

-- "The Planet Project is an important project which will
demonstrate how technology can change the way in which people
get connected." -El Espectador, Colombia

-- "The mother of all polls and surveys is about to take place on
the Internet from November 15 to 18." -Express News Service,
India

-- "If you could adjust the DNA of your child either toward
independence or obedience, which would you choose? When you
pray to God, do you usually ask for something specific? These
aren`t typical polling questions, but the Planet Project isn`t
a typical poll." -USA Today, United States

-- "3Com is now taking the ultimate step with a poll they have
christened the Planet Project." -Borsen, Denmark

-- "Want to know what Zimbabweans` idea of fun is? Or what
Tibetans really make of marriage and commitment? Now you can
find out what the rest of the world thinks about life, love
and work, with the click of your mouse." -Her World magazine,
Singapore

-- "(It`s) an idea that deserves a lot of praises, especially for
its pioneering spirit." -Diario de Pernambuco, Brazil

-- "The Planet Project, will try to hold up a mirror to the
`digital divide.` Behind this massive technological
organization we find companies like Sun, Oracle, Macromedia
and AT&T, with 3Com as the leader of the pack." - La Libre
Belgique, Belgium

-- "This is a fantastic project!" -Haldun Alto lar, Power FM,
Turkey

Stars, Politicians and Luminaries Involved

The Planet Project has also attracted the attention of celebrities, politicians and other personalities, who have registered to take the poll. Many of these luminaries are also scheduled to provide personal commentary to media organizations in their respective countries. A few well-known participants include:

-- Internationally celebrated African musician, Youssou N`Dour

-- Chinese-American actor and director, Michael Wong

-- First Lady Nohora de Pastrana of Colombia

-- France`s Andre Santini, member of National Assembly (French
parliament)

-- Loek Hermans, The Netherlands` Minister of Science and
Education

-- Belgian astronaut Dirk Frimout and Dutch astronaut Wubbo
Ockels

-- Popular Brazilian TV host Ana Maria Braga from Mais Voce!

-- Beppe Severgnini, Italian book writer and journalist for Il
Corriere della Sera newspaper and its magazine, IO DONNA

-- Well-known Canadian IT entrepreneurs Michael Furdyk and
Jennifer Corriero

-- Viviane Senna from Brazil, president of Ayrton Senna
Institute, a social support organization for education, and
sister of Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna

Precedent-Setting Polling

The Planet Project has prompted a debate among polling experts about the possibilities of future global opinion research.

"Internet polling is going through an exploratory stage where it has to flex its muscles and try a lot of different things," Philip Meyer, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in an interview. Meyer is an expert in opinion research. "Conventional polling went through an experimental phase of about 50 years before finally settling down with a fairly valid method in the 1930s." The 3Com project "sounds like great fun," he said.

The results will be analyzed by Harris Interactive, the global leader in online market research, with an existing database of more than 7 million online panelists. "The poll`s significance lies in its ability to allow people around the world to share their beliefs with one another," said Gordon Black, chairman and CEO of Harris Interactive. "This will be the largest interactive exercise ever undertaken, with the emphasis on `interactive.` "

The World`s Citizens Are Eager to Participate

Planet Project organizers have also been flooded with requests from online communities to volunteer help in making the project a success. Omo Omoluabi from Trupak Technologies Limited in Nigeria wrote, "I would be too pleased to assist in any way possible to enlighten my people on this development." Representative Jason Koh from the World Graduates Club in Singapore also wrote in to say that he was extremely excited about the project, and wanted his organization to share its voice.

On Geek.com, an opinion chat forum on the Web, one person declared, "This is probably the best idea ever undertaken by Web companies. I can only imagine the answers of the people from the parts of the world that don`t have daily access to the Internet. I will most definitely take part in this myself."

3Com originally conceived of the global poll and has underwritten the project with support from many other leading technology companies including: Harris Interactive, Sun Microsystems, Akamai Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corporation, BEA, Mercury Interactive, Macromedia, Eucid, AT&T, LightPoint and Euphorion.
3Com Corporation and Hitachi Telecom (USA), Inc. to Form a Strategic Relationship to Combine Best-of-Breed Products, Simplifying Voice and Broadband-Based Internet Access For the Hospitality Market

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and NORCROSS, Ga., November 14 /PRNewswire/ -- 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) and Hitachi Telecom have signed a Letter-of-Intent to form strategic relationship for the purpose of addressing the need for hotels to offer their guests advanced voice and broadband services. The two organizations will seek to integrate 3Com(R)`s Visitor and Community Network (VCN) System and Hitachi`s HCX5000 Private Branch Exchange (PBX) solution into one compact device ? offering competitive broadband access and telephony services in a single advanced, integrated platform. The new alliance will help the hospitality industry retain guest loyalty, attract new corporate clients and enhance returns on investment by better reflecting the work and residential communication environments their guests have come to expect. Hitachi Telecom already holds a leadership position in hotel communication -- shipping over 41 percent of the hotel (PBX) lines. Hitachi Telecom will seek to expand their offerings with new revenue generating services ranging from instant access to web-based content, consumer and business video services and creating in-house, business-class local area networks via the VCN System.

"We are very pleased with our new 3Com strategic alliance. As leaders in our respective industries, our relationship will provide our customers with the most technologically advanced hotel system," said Gene Pelletier, Hitachi Telecom`s director of PBX Business.

Alliance and Products

1. VCN System -- provided by 3Com Corporation, the VCN System is an advanced solution for providing broadband-based Internet access, web-based content and applications to multi-unit buildings -- such as hotels, apartments, condos, office-buildings and public spaces. 3Com`s VCN System also offers hotel guests true plug-and-go Internet connectivity, web-based printing, easy access to local information via a tailored portal managed by the hotel, and Virtual Private Networking, which allows guests to easily set up secure work groups within the hotel.

2. HCX5000 and HCX5000i PBX Solution - provided by Hitachi Telecom (USA), Inc., the HCX5000 PBX is a lodging telephony communication system with an integrated front desk management system. The HCX5000 is specifically designed for the lodging market and incorporates integrated call accounting as well as the broadest range of guest and administrative features. The HCX5000i, Hitachi Telecom`s newest system offering, has been announced for availability beginning April, 2001. New Integrated Voice and Broadband Solutions

Available today, the VCN System has been equipped with additional integration software that allows the system to communicate seamlessly with Hitachi Telecom`s current HCX5000 installations as well as the future HCX5000i solutions. The new software integration allows the VCN System to convey all guest transactions to Hitachi Telecom`s PBX solution for the purpose of billing and tracking user Internet access. Future Enhanced Hospitality Communications

Future enhancements intend to yield a new generation of space-saving PBX solutions via the seamless integration of the key 3Com VCN System components (switch and concentrator) into Hitachi Telecom`s current PBX products, as well as the HCX5000i solution. The joint development is expected to create board- level VCN Switch and Concentrators -- or modules -- for insertion into Hitachi Telecom`s PBX solutions. The anticipated integration will provide the hospitality industry with a complete system for the deployment of compact, analog telephone connectivity, property management systems and content-rich broadband access services. Hitachi Telecom intends make the new integrated VCN System available as an evolutionary upgrade to existing owners of the Hitachi HCX5000 system -- even those systems as old as 10 years.

Customers purchasing the HCX5000 today will have the ability to reuse up to 75 percent of the original components and utilize them with the new HCX5000i solution. The upgrading method preserves the customer`s original investment in HCX5000 components, offers considerable cost savings as well as a clear migratory path towards the HCX5000i solution.

"3Com`s VCN System offers Hitachi Telecom`s hotel customers a clear method to easily introduce new value-added broadband services and applications for the purpose of maintaining repeat business and attracting and retaining new corporate clients," said Amir Eldad, vice president and general manager, VBN Division, 3Com. "Superior Internet-based and value-added LAN-based services for guests and conference rooms will become as commonplace as phones and cable TV are in today`s lodging industry. More and more guests expect hotels to offer broadband service as a true extension of the broadband they experience at home or work." About 3Com Corporation

3Com simplifies how people connect to information and services through easy-to-use, connectivity products and solutions for consumers and commercial organizations. The company also provides access infrastructures and IP services platforms for network service providers. For further information, visit at http://www.3com.com or the press site at http://www.3com.com/pressbox. More information on 3Com`s Visitor and Community Network System can be found within the 3Com.com website at http://www.3com.com/news/releases/vpkvcn.html.
3COM to buy Nortel`s Alteon unit for $110 mln

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov 15 (Reuters) - Computer networking equipment maker 3Com Corp. <COMS.O> said on Wednesday it will buy Nortel Networks Corp.`s <NT.N> <NT.TO> Alteon Websystems division for $110 million in cash.

3Com will record a one-time charge of US$20 million to US$25 million for in-process research and development related to the acquisition for the third quarter ending March 2, 2001.

Alteon was among the first companies to ship gigabit Ethernet systems -- a computer network component that can process a billion bits of information in a second -- that run over copper cables rather than faster fiber optic lines. The deal is expected to close in December 2000, 3com said.

((New York newsroom, 212 859-1700, fax 212 859-1717, or nyc.equities.newsroom@reuters.com))

REUTERS
Nicht schlecht!!!

Siemens ist angeblich an der Übernahme des US-Herstellers von Netzwerkzubehör 3Com interessiert. Das Übernahmegebot der Münchener soll bei 25 US-Dollar je Aktie liegen. Zuletzt notierten die 3Com-Anteile an der New Yorker Börse bei 14 Dollar.

Wie wir gerüchtehalber weiter hören, sei Siemens vor allem an der Router- und Switches-Technologie der Amerikaner interessiert, die beim Ausbau der UMTS-Netzwerke zum Einsatz kommen könnte. Daneben sei der Konzern auch an einem Zugang zur Palm-Technologie interessiert. Der Hersteller von mobilen Minicomputern Palm ist eine ausgegliederte Tochter des 3Com-Konzerns.

Auf Anfrage kommentierte ein Siemens-Sprecher das Gerücht nicht.
Hab` ich auch schon bei Instock gelesen. Wenn das mal keine Ente ist. Das wäre ja über`m 52-Wochen-Hoch.
Pierer: Siemens will 30 US-Töchter stärker an den Konzern binden

FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) - Die Siemens AG arbeitet vor ihrem geplanten US-Börsengang an einem neuen Marktauftritt in den USA. Der Vorstandschef des deutschen Technologiekonzerns, Heinrich von Pierer, kündigte in einem Interview mit der "Financial Times Deutschland" (FTD) (Montagsausgabe) an, die 30 operativen US-Gesellschaften stärker an die US-Holding Siemens Corporation anzubinden. Sie gewinne damit an Macht und koordiniere künftig die Geschäfte.

"Wir prüfen unser Engagement in allen Arbeitsgebieten darauf, ob es Handlungsbedarf gibt", sagte von Pierer der Zeitung und kündigte eine "schonungslose" Analyse des US-Portfolios an. Alle Geschäfte müssten eine bestimmte Größe erreichen, um so ihre Marktposition zu verbessern.

Siemens starte die Offensive im Vorfeld des für Mitte März geplanten Börsengangs in New York. Ein geballter Auftritt in den USA ist laut "FTD" nötig, um die Wettbewerbschancen zu erhöhen und den noch wenig verbreiteten Markennamen "Siemens" bekannter zu machen./pk/tf/wö
Digital Subscriber Line Service Activation Made Easy: 3Com Carrier Networks Business Speeds Provisioning of DSL Voice and Data Services

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 27, 2000--

Solution Integrates CommWorks(R) 5020 Intelligent Activation System and Total Control(R) 500 DSL Access Concentrators; Minimizes Service Activation Costs and Reduces the Need for Expensive "Truck Rolls"

3Com Corporation`s (Nasdaq:COMS) Carrier Networks Business, an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) solutions to service providers around the globe, today announced the availability of a new solution for the rapid and accurate provisioning of voice and data services over digital subscriber lines (DSL). This accelerated DSL service activation solution combines the CommWorks(R) 5020 Intelligent Activation System and the Total Control(R) 500 DSL access concentrators product family and enables service providers to turn up service to new subscribers quickly, easily and accurately, and at a significantly lower cost, from a central location.

"DSL providers can activate both data and voice elements simultaneously, and in a fraction of the time it now takes to roll out new services," said Glen Hellman, vice president, 3Com Carrier Networks Business OSS unit. "The typical waiting period for DSL activation is 15-45 days. With this integrated solution, the service provider can scale its provisioning, saving the work of three or more people and several days in the provisioning process. Faster service activation means higher customer satisfaction and retention. It also means the broadband provider can reap more revenue more quickly."

The CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System works through Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and Extensible Markup Language (XML) to integrate with the service provider`s order entry and management system. The CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System server uses order information received in XML documents from the broadband provider`s service-order system to configure Symmetric DSL (SDSL), Integrated Services Digital Network DSL (IDSL), G.lite or Asymmetric DSL (ADSL) line cards in the Total Control 500 DSL access concentrator. The server pre-qualifies the order through a rules-based engine, then sends a CORBA activation command to the Total Control 500 DSL access concentrator. Confirmation of activation is then sent back to the CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System server, which then confirms to the order-entry system that service has been activated.

"Broadband providers can deliver flow-through, zero-touch service activation," Hellman said. "This significantly accelerates the delivery of next-generation data and voice services over IP-based and circuit-switched networks."

System Features High-performance Rules-based Engine

The CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System is a next-generation software platform that provides critical operation support system (OSS) services for automated activation, provisioning and validation of next-generation services. It gives service providers an intelligent flow-through activation, validation and notification solution for provisioning of data, voice, circuit-switched and broadband services. TheCommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System features a high performance and flexible rules-based engine to support the accurate modeling of operator networks.

The CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System uses a "smart objects" approach, which allows enhancements to legacy systems. Each application -- Activate, Verify, VerifyRX and Notification -- is considered a smart object because of the rules-based approach. The system provides all of these features in a single solution.

The CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System provides fundamental management and provisioning capabilities that are critical to moving carrier legacy networks to next-generation IP-based networks. The system allows service providers to customize and automate the provisioning and internal management of the services they deploy to customers. Operators can add new subscribers quickly and accurately, reducing customer turnover (or "churn") and cost of ownership for large carriers evolving their networks to IP services.

The CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System eliminates manual processing and decreases order entry errors that result from human intervention, using a rules-based engine that makes it impossible to enter customer order data incorrectly. Studies have show that for large networks only 28 percent of manual user activations were successful. By contrast, the CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System is capable of delivering success rates of 90 percent or better of complex network provisioning.

Network and Service Management in the CommWorks Architecture

The CommWorks 5020 Intelligent Activation System and other CommWorks 5000-level network and service management products reside in the control and network and service management layer (tier 2) of the three-tier CommWorks architecture. This highlights the critical role performed by the system in mediating between service management, provisioning and assurance operations and the underlying network elements over which services are provided.

The CommWorks architecture is 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network. The architecture consists of:

-- the Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options;
-- the Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services; and
-- the Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.



3Com Strengthens Commitment to Channel Partners With Simplified Partner Program; New `Focus` Program Gives Channel Partners Easy Access to Online Tools, Information and Rewards

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 27, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced its new channel partner program, Focus. It gives channel partners easy access to the resources, tools and information they need to simplify business interactions with 3Com and their customers. Focus enables 3Com channel partners to take full advantage of 3Com`s rich connectivity solutions in areas such as the Web, wireless, broadband, IP telephony and Gigabit Ethernet. The program is available to all U.S.-based 3Com channel partners, including VARs, resellers, system integrators, service providers and retailers.

As a member of Focus, 3Com channel partners will have access to Web-based eBusiness tools from VARStreet.com, customized communications and product information through 3Com`s extranet, Partner Access, extensive training programs through 3Com University, and a new sales incentive rewards program, Focus Rewards. Through simple, online enrollment, members create a custom business profile to indicate business area, industry specialization and technology interests. Once a company is an established 3Com channel partner, each employee is allowed to set up an individual profile.

"The Focus program mirrors the radical simplicity and rich connectivity of 3Com products," said Sylvio Jelovcich, senior director, field and channel marketing, 3Com. "With the new program, we are making it easier for channel partners to do business with 3Com. By delivering an extensive set of Web-based tools and up-to-the minute industry and product information, 3Com will help channel partners increase productivity and become more competitive."

"3Com`s Focus channel partner program gives us immediate access to the online tools, information and training we need to do business," said Jim Clark, president, AC&C Networks. "The services are easy-to-use and help us to best meet our customers` business and technology requirements."

Online Business Tools Help Members Evolve E-commerce Capabilities

3Com has expanded its relationship with VARStreet.com to utilize VARStreet.com`s eBusiness Workplace. Focus partners will access the VARStreet service through Partner Access to get real-time quotes, access instant online ordering, live pricing and availability. All active U.S. Focus partners will have access to VARStreet.com. The VARStreet.com eBusiness Workplace will include 3Com product descriptions and classifications, product suggestions, cross sells/upsells, collateral, promotions and e-marketing campaigns.

Enhanced, Tailored Communication for Members

3Com also announced an online partner newsletter, Focus News, which is customized based on each partner`s member profile. The newsletter has current product and program announcements, selling tips and new training courses. The Focus program will include other enhanced partner communications, such as weekly highlights on 3Com Radio, online bulletin boards, Web casts and telebriefings. All the communication components are designed to keep channel partners informed about new product announcements, events, technology tips and promotions.

Focus Rewards

3Com will reward its partners with a new points-based rewards program. Members will earn ClickMiles(TM) points for revenue sales, products sold, events attended, training completed and participation in the new 3Com Certification program.

The rewards program has two components. For the first component, 3Com will reward the individual sales representatives that have sold 3Com products. Members will be allowed to redeem ClickMiles points for frequent flyer miles with ten major airlines, vacation packages or brand name products. The second component includes Focus rewards for business owners, including 3Com product demo gear and co-marketing campaigns.

Focus Empowers Partners through Training

"3Com is guided by the principle that knowledge sells networks," said Jelovcich. Through the 3Com University system, Focus partners have access to a dynamic e-learning model to develop the skills and knowledge to sell 3Com solutions. Focus partners can participate in the new 3Com Certification program to pursue a technical or non-technical solutions certification path to gain the knowledge to sell 3Com networks. In addition, Focus partners can attend local training events or leverage the many on-line training courses available through 3Com University.

Platinum Partnership

The Focus program includes Platinum Level benefits for Focus partners who are leading with 3Com products and solutions and meet a minimum purchase criterion. Platinum Partner benefits include financial incentives, access to marketing development funds, direct access to 24 X 7 back up phone support and network design consulting services.

For more information, visit the 3Com Web site at www.3com.com/partners/index2.html.
3Com Licenses DynamicAccess Technology to Symantec to Simplify Workstation Deployment

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 28, 2000--

Solution Will Integrate Components of 3Com(R) DynamicAccess(R) Boot Services With Symantec`s Ghost Enterprise Software

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced that it is teaming with Symantec Corporation of Cupertino, Calif. (Nasdaq: SYMC), to develop a "best-of-breed" software solution for quick workstation deployment using disk-cloning technology within a Wired for Management framework. Symantec has integrated components of 3Com(R) DynamicAccess(R) boot services with Symantec Ghost Enterprise software, the industry`s premier tool for PC rollout, software and hardware migration, and disaster recovery.

The integrated solution will leverage 3Com`s network booting expertise and further simplify the user experience for Symantec Ghost Enterprise by enabling companies to dramatically decrease the effort and time required to deploy, migrate or recover client PC desktops.

With the recent addition of Ghost`s Boot Partition, Symantec eliminated the need to visit the workstation with a boot disk. "Now, with the integration of 3Com technology, we have enabled Symantec to further simplify OS deployment by eliminating the task of creating a hidden boot partition on the client," said George Kostiuk, director of Lanworks Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of 3Com Corporation. "This reduces the administration burden on enterprise IT departments by allowing them to replicate and deploy workstations quicker and more cost effectively."

With PXE-compliant firmware installed, a client PC can boot from the network regardless of the contents or status of their local hard drives. This enables new and existing PCs to take advantage of 3Com`s pre-boot management technology to perform operating system and application installations or upgrades as well as desktop disaster recovery using Symantec Ghost Enterprise. 3Com`s DynamicAccess boot services offers a complete Wired for Management-compliant framework with additional components that allow, at boot time, an unattended client to connect to a BOOTP/PXE or DHCP Server. The client can then load a boot image file that contains the Ghost DOS Multicast Boot Disk and launch the Symantec Ghost utilities that perform the deployment, rollout or recovery tasks.

All-in-One Package

Symantec`s Ghost Enterprise is an example of how DynamicAccess boot services customizes PC management solutions to fit enterprise needs. Examples of tasks that can be incorporated into DynamicAccess boot services include installing and configuring new PCs, performing OS and software upgrades, reconfiguring multiple systems, performing flash updates on routers and other network appliances, backing up and restoring hard drives and scanning for viruses. After pre-boot completes, control is optionally returned to the PC`s local hard drive to continue normal boot operation.

Networking professionals will benefit from the all-in-one package solution that complies with industry standards including PXE, DHCP, NCP/IPX, TFTP and BOOTP, supports Microsoft Windows operating system, and contains the tools and utilities to create, edit and manage boot image files and BOOTPTAB database files as well as useful DOS utilities.

It complements 3Com`s DynamicAccess Managed PC Boot Agent (MBA/PXE) technology and product line, as well as enabling and supporting the following tasks -- OS-absent PXE-based pre-boot, OS-present pre-boot, classic network OS boot and TFTP flash.

DynamicAccess boot services responds to an increasing demand for a high-performance and cost-effective solution that will address the rising cost of PC management and ultimately will reduce TCO. It complies with Wired for Management (WfM) specifications and complements Remote Wake-up (RWU) and Desktop Management Interface (DMI) functionality as part of client management services.
Aveo desktop support to be shipped with US Robotics modems

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Privately held Aveo Inc. said on Tuesday it will start shipping its Attune desktop support service on all new consumer modems from top modem maker U.S. Robotics, marking the first time the service will be included with modems.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. U.S. Robotics is part of computer networking equipment maker 3Com Corp. <COMS.O>.

Starting this month, all new U.S. Robotics modems will include Attune, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Aveo said. By the end of 2000, existing U.S. Robotics modem owners will also be able to install Attune for free.

With Attune, modem users can get technical help on their computers without having to call U.S. Robotics` help line. U.S. Robotics will be able to send messages to customers to help them upgrade products, download fixes, and perform other computing functions, Aveo said.

Aveo said U.S. Robotics also plans to distribute Attune to its 7 million to 12 million projected install base in 2001.

The Attune service is already included with Hewlett-Packard Co. <HWP.N> printers and Dell Computer Corp. <DELL.O> computers, an Aveo spokesman said.

(( -- Jessica Wohl, New York Newsdesk, (212) 859-1721))

REUTERS
3Com Carrier Networks Business Introduces New Flexible Provisioning Solution for Data-Over-Cable Operators

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 2000--

DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS-Compatible CommWorks(R) 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager Helps Cable Operators Reduce Time-to-Market for New Value-Added Features and Services

3Com(R) Corporation`s (Nasdaq:COMS) Carrier Networks Business, an industry leader in supplying access infrastructures and Internet protocol (IP) solutions to service providers around the globe, today introduced a new provisioning solution that helps data-over-cable operators reduce the time it takes to introduce new services and features to subscribers. The CommWorks(R) 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager is a standards-compliant software platform that addresses a major challenge facing cable operators: how to provision subscribers quickly and economically and how to offer new services quickly. Together with the Total Control(R) 1000 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) from 3Com(R) Carrier Networks Business, this new provisioning solution allows cable providers to easily rollout Quality of Service (QoS) differentiation and other enhanced new services.

"Data-over-cable providers cannot afford to `slow-roll` new services and features to their subscribers," said Todd Landry, vice president, product management, 3Com Carrier Networks Business. "The growing demand for broadband access means operators must act quickly or lose the opportunity to establish a strong customer base to competing broadband service providers. With the CommWorks 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager, cable operators now have a solution that allows for the quick and efficient provisioning of millions of new subscribers. Reducing the time it takes to introduce new services enables the cable operator to realize more revenue more rapidly. Faster service activation also results in higher customer satisfaction and retention."

The CommWorks 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager enables cable operators to more quickly and efficiently introduce support for new billable features, such as multicast video and voice-over-IP (VoIP) to enhance revenue streams and differentiate their services. It also provides for service level agreement management, so data-over-cable providers can offer tiered services to their customers.

The provisioning and access manager features high performance and scalability. It can perform 1,600 lease transactions per second -- two to ten times more than competitive products offer. This translates to faster modem registration time. It also scales to as many as 1 million users; again, two to ten times more than available in competitive offerings.

The CommWorks 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager is compatible with the Total Control 1000 CMTS platform from 3Com Carrier Networks Business or any DOCSIS- or EuroDOCSIS-compliant CMTS or cable modems. It is available now for deployment by cable operators around the world providing data over cable applications.

Flexible Provisioning Options

The CommWorks 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager enables a variety of provisioning models to allow data-over-cable operators to quickly and efficiently provision cable modems. With its open application programming interface (API), it offers virtually unlimited possibilities for the creation of custom application/provisioning software. The CommWorks 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager provides the features necessary for rapid service provisioning, including:

-- auto-provisioning and other provisioning model support using
open API and subscriber databases;
-- cable modem vendor filtering, which allows only chosen modem
brands to access the network;
-- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) forwarding, which
enables compatibility with any DHCP server;
-- bootfile management, which allows service providers to easily
manage bootfile assignment;
-- integrated Structured Query Language (SQL) database;
-- subscriber service-level policy management, which enables
differentiated service levels; and
-- provisioning model support, including retail, inventory and
hospitality.

The easy control over the provisioning process provided by the CommWorks 5480 Provisioning and Access Manager also gives data-over-cable providers the flexibility to address future quality of service issues for the coming wave of broadband edge devices, including IP telephones, Internet appliances and home network gateways.

Broadband Access in the CommWorks Architecture

Broadband access solutions are key elements in the CommWorks architecture, 3Com Carrier Networks Business` versatile solution for multiservice packet-based networking. The CommWorks architecture allows service providers to deliver narrowband enhanced data services, IP telephony, wireless data, and broadband access over a single converged network.

The architecture consists of:

-- the Media Processing tier for universal connectivity through a
variety of network access options;

-- the Control and Network and Service Management tier for
universal signaling and control via protocol mediation, as
well as powerful network management, element management and
load-balancing services; and

-- the Service Creation tier, which provides an open service
creation environment that leverages open interfaces and 3Com
strategic partners to enable rapid application and service
deployment.

The CommWorks 5480 Provisioning and Access manager is part of the second tier of the CommWorks architecture, where the open API allows it to interface with third-tier service creation software. The Total Control 1000 CMTS resides in tier one, the media processing layer.
3Com Selects Netcentives to Power Channel Partner Incentive Program

Custom Solution Rewards Channel Partners in Real Time

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Netcentives(TM) Inc. (Nasdaq: NCNT) today announced that 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) is utilizing the company`s loyalty and direct marketing technology to support a large-scale, fully customized incentive system and email communications program for 3Com`s U.S. and Canadian channel partners. 3Com has leveraged Netcentives` Enterprise Solutions to power its "Focus Rewards" channel partner program to help drive sales and reward partners for doing business with 3Com.

The Netcentives system will replace the traditional paper-based process by providing an automated platform for incentive management and the email communications necessary to support channel initiatives. Unlike traditional incentive systems, Netcentives provides an automated Web-based platform, enabling 3Com to motivate and reward its channel partners in real time. In addition, Netcentives powers 3Com`s partner email newsletter "Focus News," which is customized to inform channel partners of new product announcements, events, training courses and promotions specific to their interests.

"The Focus channel partner program is designed to simplify and enhance channel partner relationships," said Sylvio Jelovcich, senior director, channel and field marketing, 3Com. "Netcentives` technology allows us to offer the program in a more streamlined manner and to deliver targeted promotions more effectively and efficiently."

The distributed architecture of Netcentives technology allows 3Com to integrate its existing information database systems with Netcentives RewardBroker(TM) technology to manage its online rewards program. RewardBroker automatically tracks all earning activities and processes awards as goals are met. 3Com`s Focus channel partner program awards points for product sales, training and event attendance. These points can be redeemed for frequent flyer miles and brand-name products via an online redemption catalog provided by Netcentives.

"The combination of online rewards and personalized email communications is going to allow 3Com to reach new heights with one of their most valuable business assets, channel partners," said West Shell III, chairman and CEO, Netcentives. "The technology behind the 3Com program utilizes resources from each of our business units: loyalty solutions, email marketing and consulting services. This program represents diverse cross selling of our suite of relationship marketing solutions to deliver a comprehensive program for 3Com." Netcentives Enterprise Solutions

Netcentives Enterprise Solutions provide companies with the technology infrastructure and loyalty expertise to build lasting relationships with employees, vendors and channel partners. Netcentives` secure and reliable enterprise solutions are offered in two ways: using ClickMiles(TM) currency delivered through ClickRewards@Work(TM) network on the Internet; or via a customized Channel or Employee Reward System with its own currency delivered over a company`s intranet or extranet site.


3Com to Secure Cable Modems with VeriSign`s Cable Modem Authentication Services

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 2000--

State-of-the-Art Cable Digital Certificates to Help Avert
Piracy of Broadband Services, Providing Secure Cable Subscriptions and
Online Connections

VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSN), the leading provider of Internet trust services, and 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS), today announced that 3Com has selected VeriSign`s Cable Modem Authentication Services to embed digital certificates into its entire line of cable modems to help protect customer privacy, prevent service pirating and device cloning.

VeriSign`s services allow 3Com to meet the stringent security requirements of the Data Over Cable System Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 1.1 standard, which lays the foundation for cable operators to accelerate the delivery of value-added broadband services such as software delivery and pay-per-use application services. The DOCSIS standard for cable modems, created by cable system operators to ensure a ubiquitous security standard for the entire cable industry, requires that all cable modems be authenticated using digital certificates.

"3Com is committed to providing the most secure products for all broadband customers and our relationship with VeriSign allows us to achieve that goal," said Michael Pula, director of product management for 3Com`s Residential Connectivity Group. "3Com customers expect state-of-the-art technology; thanks to VeriSign certificates, they`ll receive peace of mind that their cable connections are secure as well."

VeriSign`s Cable Modem Authentication Services provide 3Com with a turnkey solution for centrally generating a large number of digital keys and certificates and "burning" these credentials directly into the read-only memory (ROM) of cable modems prior to shipment. A digital certificate serves as a unique, unforgeable online credential, authenticating the identity of each cable modem to the service provider through an exchange of digital keys before permitting the user to access cable services.

By leveraging VeriSign`s highly scalable digital certificate infrastructure, 3Com is able to centrally generate digital certificates in volume based on its scheduled production quantities. In addition, VeriSign is also providing 3Com the expertise to integrate the certificate provisioning process with its existing manufacturing operations.

Working with the leader in trust services to deploy certified modems, 3Com also addresses the issue of secure personal information. Consumers concerned about their open-cable online connections, online privacy and protection of personal information transported over cable can feel confident that their connection is more secure than ever.

"Always on the forefront of innovation and customer awareness, 3Com has chosen to give significant added protection in the delivery of existing services," said Anil Pereira, general manager for Enterprise Services Group at VeriSign. "With VeriSign`s Cable Modem Authentication Services, 3Com is paving the way for the secure distribution of software, entertainment and other value-added services over advanced networks."
3Com (COMS) Der Umsatz im 2Q wird mit 785-800 Millionen niedriger ausfallen, als vorausberechnet (870-910 Millionen Dollar). Der Verlust wird zwischen 0,19 und 0,23 Dollar pro Aktie liegen. Das Unternehmen hatte ursprünglich nur mit einem Verlust von 0,07 bis 0,09 Dollar pro Aktie gerechnet. 3Com fällt um 3 Punkte nachbörslich.

(Quelle: BO)

Kurs bei island.com: 9,8125 $
3Com (COMS) stürzt um 25 Prozent nach Ergebniswarnung. Der Netzwerkhersteller rechnet für das zweite Quartal (Ende: 1.Dezember.) des Geschäftsjahres nur noch mit einem Umsatz von 785 bis 800 Millionen Dollar – statt der bisher angenommenen 870 bis 910 Millionen Dollar.

Der Nettoverlust dürfte sich auf 19 bis 23 Cents pro Aktie belaufen – statt bisher prognostizierter siben bis neun Cents. Als wesentlicher Grund wurde Zurückhaltung bei den Investitionen der Telekom-Firmen genannt, von denen die Großen mit Restrukturierungsplänen und die Kleineren mit Konsolidierungs- und Finanzierungs-Problemen beschäftigt seien.

Das Geschäft mit Telekom-Ausrüstung lag deswegen um 40 Prozent unter dem vorigen Quartal und 30 Prozent unter Vorjahr. President Bruce Claflin betonte jedoch, das Ergebnis habe nichts mit der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von 3Com zu tun; verschiedene Großaufträge seien nur verschoben worden und der Auftragsbestand liege auf Rekordniveau.

Für das dritte Quartal erwartet 3Com noch keine grundlegende Besserung, sondern eher noch einen etwas geringeren Umsatz als im zweiten Quartal. Das laufende Geschäftsjahr (Ende: Mai) wird mit Verlust abschließen; für das Geschäftsjahr 2002 erwarten Analysten bislang einen Gewinn von 64 Cents je Aktie.

Mit einer Cash-Reserve von knapp einer Milliarde Dollar ist der Netzwerkhersteller nur noch mit dem 0,75fachen Umsatz mit 4,5 Milliarden Dollar bewertet: Ein Kurs, der kaum mehr nach unten abgleiten kann.

(Quelle: BO)
3Com Announces Stock Repurchases

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 6, 2000--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced it will re-commence open market repurchases of its common stock pursuant to a previously approved board of directors resolution.

On May 8, 2000, 3Com announced its board of directors authorized expansion of the company`s stock repurchase program in the amount of up to one billion dollars. The company is exploring various methods for the repurchase of shares including, but not limited to, accelerated repurchase agreements with broker dealers and more traditional open market purchases. Such purchases could be used to offset shares created as a result of employee`s exercising stock options and employee stock purchase plan requirements.
3Com-Broadcom enter into networking alliance

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Data networking company 3Com Corp. <COMS.O> and high-speed communications chip maker Broadcom Corp. <BRCM.O> said on Monday they have entered a networking alliance to accelerate the deployment of a local area network technology.

3Com, of Santa Clara, Calif., and Broadcom, of Irvine, Calif., said they intend to develop new products, cross-license technologies, undertake joint sales and marketing and enter into a supply chain agreement.

The strategic alliance will accelerate the deployment of Gigabit Ethernet -- very fast local area networking -- into business networks, the companies said.

3Com, which is already a shareholder in Broadcom, said it has issued to Broadcom a warrant to acquire up to 7.1 million shares of 3Com stock, representing about 2 percent of 3Com`s outstanding shares, through Dec. 4, 2002.

((--F. Brinley Bruton, New York Newsdesk (212) 859-1711))

REUTERS
Whitecap Systems and 3Com Carrier Networks Business Announce Performance Management Tool to Reduce Network Service Provider Customer Churn

WALTHAM, Mass. and SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2000-- Whitecap`s Portsmith(TM) Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) tool to complement 3Com`s CommWorks(R) 5000 Network and Service Management

System by providing long-term historical trending, critical data for
capacity planning, improving QoS, and enhancing NSP profitability by
helping to lower customer churn.

Whitecap Systems and 3Com Corporation`s Carrier Networks Business have announced the release of a key Performance Management Tool to complement 3Com`s CommWorks(R) 5000 Network and Service Management System. The solution combines 3Com`s carrier-class configuration, equipment, network and service management system with Whitecap`s Portsmith(TM) NPM tool for capacity planning, performance management and QoS enhancement and addresses the most critical NSP challenge: how to reduce customer churn.

Whitecap`s Portsmith(TM) NPM solution is a non-invasive network performance management tool developed within the stringent telco environment that is flexible, scalable, easy to use and, most importantly, designed from the ground-up to address the network management challenges unique to the NSP environment. These challenges include maintaining quality of service (QoS) and managing capacity planning in the face of explosive growth.

Speaking on the implications of the new alliance, Shawn Brown, Whitecap`s Vice President of Worldwide Sales commented: "Considering 3Com Carrier Networks` dominant role in worldwide access technology, we are very excited about our new relationship. We believe that 3Com Carrier Networks` customers will truly benefit from the capabilities of our Portsmith(TM) NPM solution, and will quickly realize the incredible positive effects - more profitability and reduced customer churn - within a very short time frame."

Amit Tiwari, Director, Product Management, Enhanced Data Systems for 3Com carrier Networks, added: "Whitecap offers a carrier class product that addresses the critical needs of Tier I network service providers. The product, Portsmith(TM) NPM, offers the ability to assist with capacity planning and the improvement of QoS. This directly reduces customer churn - one of the most important and costly issues that NSPs face today."

About 3Com Corporation

3Com (NASDAQ:COMS) simplifies how people connect to information and services through easy-to-use, connectivity products and solutions for consumers and commercial organizations. The company also provides access infrastructures and IP services platforms for network service providers. For further information, visit www.3com.com or the press site at www.3com.com/pressbox.

About Whitecap Systems

Whitecap Systems Inc., based in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a Management Service Provider (MSP) offering Network Performance Monitoring Tools to Network Service Providers (NSPs) that deploy large, distributed carrier class networks. Combining a strong industry focus with experienced carrier and IP leadership, Whitecap Systems is uniquely positioned to offer solutions for improved NSP functionality and profitability. For further information, visit www.whitecapsystems.net.
UPDATE 3-3Com reports narrower-than-forecast Q2 loss
(Adds executive, analysts comments from interview) By Duncan Martell

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Computer networking equipment maker 3Com Corp.<COMS.O> on Thursday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss that was narrower than projected and announced its second reorganization in less than a year.

3Com plans to create a wholly owned subsidiary called CommWorks Corp. that will consist of 3Com`s carrier network business, which builds networks using the Internet Protocol for telephone, cable companies and others.

3Com`s remaining commercial and consumer business -- which makes computer connector cards, DSL and cable modems, as well as a growing list of information appliances -- will continue to target current markets. Irfan Ali has been named president of CommWorks. He formerly headed 3Com`s carrier networks unit.

While it appeared to analysts and investors as a second major shift in the company`s strategy in nine months, President and Chief Operating Officer Bruce Claflin said in an interview that Thursday`s announcement represented only a continuation of the plans it outlined in March of last year.

"We`re creating the subsidiary to separate it operationally and strategically and if the market conditions warrant, we would take it public," Claflin said. "What we`re doing is a continuation of last March." `BIG DIFFERENCE`

3Com`s former Palm unit <PALM.O>, the No. 1 maker of handheld electronic organizers, had a tremendously successfully initial public offering and was subsequently spun off.

"It`s an attempt to do what they did with Palm but there`s a big difference -- Palm was on a rocketship ride to the moon (in terms of sales growth) and the IPO market was incredibly hot then," said Gerard Klauer Mattison analyst Michael Cristinziano.

3Com said that as part of the restructuring, it will take a charge of $40 million to $60 million in its third quarter in conjunction with the restructuring. Once complete, the company said it expects to save $200 million to $250 million annually.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm also said it had a pro forma loss of $52.4 million or 15 cents a share for the three months ended Dec. 1, compared with a loss of $41.3 million, or 12 cents in the prior quarter.

On that basis, the results beat the 20-cent loss that, according to research firm First Call/Thomson Financial, analysts on average were expecting.

Revenues were $789.5 million, with $766.6 million from ongoing businesses, down 5 percent from the first quarter and near the lower range of the company`s reduced sales forecast.

Shares of 3Com were down 19/32 to $7-3/16 at the Nasdaq close, and then bounced up slightly in after-hours trade to $8-1/4.

The shares have plunged 46 percent since early December, when the company lowered its second-quarter earnings forecasts by about 13 percent, blaming a slowdown in capital spending by telephone companies.

SALES FORECAST

3Com executives said they expect third-quarter sales of $725 million to $750 million, a slight decline from the second quarter that the executives said was due to seasonality, they said on a conference call. 3Com said it expects an operating loss for the third quarter of $80 million to $100 million.

For the fourth quarter, 3Com executives forecast sales of $790 million to $820 million and an operating loss of $40 million to $50 million.

3Com is still some sales from businesses it is exiting, such as routers and switches for large businesses and networks. Along with the plan to spin off Palm, 3Com said last March it would get exit that part of the market, effectively ceding it to larger competitors such as Cisco Systems Inc.

Due to the telecom slowdown, 3Com said sales in its carrier networking business declined 43 percent to $95.4 million from $167.2 million in the first quarter -- the business that will form CommWorks.

Sales at its commercial and consumer networking business rose 5 percent to $671.3 million from the first quarter`s $639.1 million, 3Com said, attributing the slower than hoped for growth to service providers` weaker demand for high-speed networking equipment, such as digital subscriber line, or DSL, and cable modems.

3Com said it ended the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $2.4 billion.

As for 3Com`s chances with the CommWorks subsidiary, analyst Cristinziano said that remains to be seen.

"This is a company where things just keep going wrong, except for the Palm IPO and it`s hard to believe that this plan is going to go without any complications just because historically the company has failed to execute," he said, who rates 3Com shares outperform."

"While it makes sense on paper, let`s see how they execute," Cristinziano said.

(( duncan.martell@reuters.com // (415) 677-2536 ))

REUTERS
28.12.2000
3COM akkumulieren
Merrill Lynch


Die Analysten von Merrill Lynch empfehlen die Aktien von 3Com Corp (WKN 868840) zu akkumulieren.

3COM habe für das 2. Quartal 2001 Einnahmen von $789,5 Mio. vermeldet, was im Rahmen der Erwartungen gelegen habe. Der Verlust pro Aktie betrug $0,15, was oberhalb des erwarteten Verlusts pro Aktie von $0,19 bis $0,23, aber deutlich unterhalb des Gewinns pro Aktie von $0,31 aus dem Vorjahr lag. Die Analysten korrigieren nun ihre Erwartungen für die Bilanzen dieses und des kommenden Jahres.

Für das Geschäftsjahr 2001 gehe man nun von Einnahmen in Höhe von $3,2 Mrd. (vorher war man von $3,5 Mrd. ausgegangen). Der Verlust pro Aktie werde nun auf $0,45 geschätzt. Zuvor war man von $0,44 ausgegangen. Für das Geschäftsjahr 2002 erwarte man nun anstelle der zuvor erwarteten $4,2 Mrd. nur noch $3,6 Mrd. Der Gewinn pro Aktie werde nun anstatt der $0,50 auf $0,35 geschätzt.

3Com habe eine erneute Restrukturierung angekündigt. Das Carrier Business werde zu einer Tochtergesellschaft mit Namen CommWorks . 3Com erwarte, dass dies eine Einmalbelastung in Höhe von $40 bis $60 Mio. für das 3. Quartal 2001 mit sich bringen werde.

Man bleibe sowohl mittelfristig als auch langfristig bei der Empfehlung den Wert zu akkumulieren.
3Com Makes the Digital Home a Reality At Consumer Electronics Show 2001

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2001--CES 2001, Consumers searching for products to provide them with a more connected lifestyle today will discover an entire suite of Digital Home products by 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) at this year`s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Booth number 4503 demonstrates 3Com`s Digital Home as reality now with products available now to keep families connected today. Supporting its growing consumer business, 3Com is introducing two new products for the Digital Home at this year`s show: the 3Com(R) Home Wireless Gateway and the 3Com Home Ethernet Gateway.

"Home networking will dramatically improve with the 3Com Home Wireless Gateway and the 3Com Home Ethernet Gateway," said Julie Shimer, vice president and general manager for 3Com`s Residential Connectivity Group. "3Com delivers breakthrough customer experiences through radically simple home networking connectivity, Internet appliances and broadband access products that make up the Digital Home consumers want today."

In addition to unveiling the 3Com Home Wireless Gateway and the 3Com Home Ethernet Gateway, 3Com will also showcase its award-winning offerings in the following categories: Internet appliances (Audrey(TM) and Kerbango(TM)), "no new wires" home networks (3Com HomeConnect(TM) Home Network Phoneline and Ethernet Kits), mobile connectivity (3Com Megahertz(R) PC Cards), Internet video (3Com HomeConnect WebCam and WebCam Lite), Bluetooth products (3Com Wireless Bluetooth PC Card, USB adapter and Access Point 1000) and broadband (3Com cable and DSL modems).

The company`s products will be displayed at the 3Com booth on the showroom floor, in a press suite at the Las Vegas Hilton and at various other press events and partner booths. 3Com executives will also participate in a variety of speaking engagements and forums.

-- Las Vegas Hilton Suite


3Com will showcase its complete range of consumer products in a media suite at the Las Vegas Hilton. Products on display will include the Audrey Internet appliance, Kerbango Internet radio, Wireless Bluetooth products, 3Com WebCams and Ethernet and wireless home network gateways.

-- Smart*Home


3Com`s Audrey Internet appliance, Kerbango Internet radio and Bluetooth products will be displayed at the Smart*Home media event on Jan. 5 at the Bellagio Hotel in the Grand Ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m.

-- DigitalHome Experience


The DigitalHome Experience media event will feature 3Com`s Audrey Internet appliance, Kerbango Internet radio and Home Wireless Gateway. The event will take place Jan. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Aladdin Hotel`s Grand Ballroom.

-- etown Event


3Com will feature a demonstration of the Audrey Internet appliance at the etown Event, held at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe. The event will take place Jan. 6 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

-- Lunch@Piero`s


Lunch@Piero`s is an exclusive product and technology showcase where 3Com will showcase the Audrey Internet appliance and the Home Wireless Gateway to a media audience. The event will be held Jan. 7 and Jan. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piero`s Restaurant.

-- Internet Appliance Press Event


The Internet appliance press event at CES presents the latest advances in consumer information appliance products to the world press. The event takes place on Jan. 5 from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Alexis Park Resort. 3Com will feature the Audrey Internet appliance.

-- Speaking Engagements

-- "Content and Services: Meat and Potatoes of CE" Jim Gable,
marketing vice president of 3Com`s Internet Radio
Division, panel discussion: Jan. 6, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.,
LVCC, room N256

-- "Networking the Digital Home and the Residential Gateway"
Jim Gable, marketing vice president of 3Com`s Internet
Radio Division, panel discussion: Jan. 6, 1:30 to 2:30
p.m., LVCC, room N259

-- "Linux: Taking CE Products to New Levels of Performance"
Carl Hewitt, senior technology director of 3Com`s Internet
Radio Division, panel discussion: Jan. 7, 1 to 2 p.m.,
LVCC, room N256

-- "Internet Appliances: Will They Live Up to the Hype?" Don
Fotsch, vice president and general manager of 3Com`s
Internet Appliance Division, panel discussion: Jan. 8,
noon to 1 p.m., LVCC, room N256.

-- "Home Networking Super Session" Julie Shimer, vice
president and general manager of 3Com`s Residential
Connectivity Group, panel discussion: Jan. 8, 1:30 to 3:30
p.m., LVCC, room N257

-- Partner Booths


As a major player in the digital home arena, 3Com products will be included in a number of partner booths. Look for 3Com products at the following locations:

-- Upside`s Digital Living Room - Kerbango Room, Silver Lot #2492

-- Motorola, Inc. - LVCC N201-N204

-- RealNetworks, Inc. - LVCC 1&2, #5234

-- Telecruz Technology, Inc. - LVCC, 3&4 #5835

-- Telocity Inc. - LVCC 1&2, #5268

-- Canon - LVCC #949

3Com`s Digital Home


3Com`s vision of a digital home is one that connects family members to each other and important information--both within and outside the home. Based on real-life consumer needs for Internet connectivity, the digital home parlays 3Com`s acknowledged networking expertise to enrich consumer lifestyles with radically simple, reliable and innovative solutions. Encompassing a wide variety of products, 3Com is the only company to provide every element required by digital home members--such as cable and DSL modems, Internet appliances, PC video cameras and Ethernet, phoneline or wireless home networks.
TeleCruz and 3Com Ink Deal to Bring Kerbango Tuning Service by 3Com to New Platform: TeleCruz`s Interactive Television Platform Partners

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2001--

Internet Radio Moves Beyond Traditional Tabletop and Into Interactive TVs and Set-Top Boxes

TeleCruz Technology Inc., the leading innovator of interactive television technology, today announced a development agreement with 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) that moves Internet radio beyond where traditional radio goes and directly into a brand new platform: TeleCruz`s integrated interactive television platform. Under the agreement, TeleCruz will develop custom hardware compatible with the Kerbango(TM) Internet Tuning Service (KTS) by 3Com, and offer it as an option to its TeleCruz-enabled interactive television platform partners, including Zenith Electronics Corporation and Panasonic Corporation. TeleCruz`s partners will be able to license KTS directly from 3Com and offer it to consumers.

KTS provides free access to thousands of pre-qualified audio sites separated into categories such as music, news, sports, talk and more. TeleCruz-enabled interactive televisions integrated with KTS will offer consumers access to the Internet`s rich audio content through an easy-to-use directory of Internet radio programming from radio stations around the globe.

"Our partnership with TeleCruz signals a fundamental change in the perception and use of Internet radio in today`s digital home and redefines the meaning of `home theater,`" said John Fitch, vice president and general manager of 3Com Internet Radio Division. "With the horsepower of the Kerbango Tuning Service integrated with interactive TVs and set-top boxes offered by TeleCruz`s partners, interactive TV users will be able to listen to any of the thousands of radio stations available from around the world. Together with TeleCruz, the Kerbango Tuning Service is traveling from the tabletop to embrace a more inclusive definition of `home theater` that extends to stereo systems, interactive TVs and eventually, car stereos."

TeleCruz allows television manufacturers to take advantage of the emerging interactive television industry with its development of an open-platform, system-on-a-chip architecture that is capable of supporting interactive capabilities being created by advertisers, content creators and broadcasters alike. TeleCruz also is working with other television manufacturers such as Daewoo and Videocon, as well as ISPs and interactive content providers, such as AT&T, Earthlink, Yack.com and Spiderdance. Through its wide range of alliances, TeleCruz aims to bring the benefits of interactive television to average television viewers.

"Our agreement with Kerbango adds a new dimension to the interactive television viewing experience," said Kris Narayan, chairman of TeleCruz. "The whole concept behind interactive television is to give consumers the best of what both broadcast and Internet technologies have to offer, not just one or the other. By integrating Kerbango Tuning Service in our platform, we give consumers a more complete, and richer, home entertainment and communication experience."

About TeleCruz Technology Inc.

Unique in the interactive television market space, TeleCruz Technology Inc. is the only company focused on integrating interactivity inside the television. The company provides both hardware and software platforms to top industry partners, including four leading television OEMs. TeleCruz`s key technology patents embed cost-effective integrated circuits inside the television in an open platform capable of supporting the popular TV services at a cost suitable for mainstream televisions. Through an executive and development team with broad industry experience from companies such as Sony, Western Digital, Cirrus Logic, Toshiba and Zenith, TeleCruz has developed a feature-rich, flexible and cost-effective platform based on the needs of television OEMs, Internet service providers (ISPs), application service providers (ASPs) and consumers. A privately held company, TeleCruz has raised over $69 million in investments from Gemstar International, Institutional Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, Fujigin Capital (Fuji Bank), Kavanaugh Media Funds, Oakmont Corporation and Sands Brothers. Visit TeleCruz on the World Wide Web at www.telecruz.com.


3Com Licenses Parthus Technology for Use in Mobile Product Line

SAN JOSE, Calif. and DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Parthus Technologies PLC (Nasdaq: PRTH) (LSE: PRH), a leading supplier of platform-level intellectual property for the mobile Internet market, today announced that it has signed a portfolio licensing and royalty agreement with 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) to deliver technology for use in 3Com`s wireless and mobile product line development.

As part of the agreement, Parthus will deliver a range of Intellectual Property platforms that includes Parthus` BlueStream(TM), NavStream(TM) and MediaStream(TM) technologies. Each platform is created to combine low power consumption requirements with high levels of on-chip functionality; key factors in the success of mobile devices.

"Wireless allows 3Com to provide radically simple connections for our customers," said Rick Maule, general manager of the Mobile Connectivity Division of 3Com. "Our next generation of wireless and mobile products are a natural extension and will complement our current role in LAN technologies. This alliance with Parthus, a leader in the mobile Internet, provides us with additional wireless and multimedia technology, which enhances our existing mobile IP portfolio."

"3Com is one of the world`s leading technology companies with a long history of innovation," said Kevin Fielding, chief operating officer of Parthus Technologies. "We believe our agreement with 3Com accelerates the development of a range of wireless products that converge mobile communications and the Internet seamlessly."

While every Parthus platform can be converged in one chip solution, BlueStream, NavStream and MediaStream are also designed to operate as stand alone platforms that provide best-in-class performance.

* BlueStream is one of the industry`s most comprehensive and advanced
Bluetooth offerings containing all the required technology that allows
Parthus` customers to rapidly deploy Bluetooth connectivity into their
product offerings. 3Com was one of the founding members of the
Bluetooth Special Interest Group, along with Ericsson, IBM, Intel,
Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba.

* NavStream is a complete GPS platform encompassing radio, baseband and
software stacks targeted at mobile phone and automotive markets.
NavStream(TM) is one of the world`s first platforms to deliver
sub-five meter location accuracy to mobile devices enabling
location-based m-Commerce services to be provided by network
operators.

* MediaStream is a complete Internet audio platform encompassing Parthus
24-bit DSP, essential analog components and complete suite of audio
software. MediaStream is targeted at a broad range of end
applications, including mobile phones, in-car entertainment, portable
audio devices (MP3 players) and home entertainment.
3Com Wins Class Action Shareholder Lawsuit

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 29, 2001--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced it won summary judgment dismissing shareholder class actions that were set to go to trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Hirsch v. 3Com Corporation (Civil Action No. CV764977) and Kravitz v. 3Com Corporation (Civil Action No. CV765962).

In these class actions, the plaintiffs sued over a drop in 3Com`s stock price on Feb. 10, 1997. On that day 3Com announced it matched a price cut on Fast Ethernet network interface cards that Intel Corp. announced five days before. In the ruling, Judge Conrad L. Rushing, the judge in charge of the Complex Case Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, rejected every element of plaintiffs` allegations. After reviewing an extensive factual record submitted by the parties, Judge Rushing found the plaintiffs had no evidence of misconduct that entitled them to try their claims before a jury.

"We are gratified by Judge Rushing`s decision," said Mark Michael, senior vice president and corporate counsel for 3Com. "Companies in Silicon Valley are often under great pressure to settle shareholder class actions, even when they are meritless. We hope Judge Rushing`s decision gives other companies the courage to fight these lawsuits."

These class actions were brought on behalf of purchasers of 3Com stock between Sept. 24, 1996 and Feb. 10, 1997. 3Com previously won a related federal court class action, based on the same allegations. That lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice by United States District Judge Charles R. Breyer.

3Com was represented in the litigation by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, of Palo Alto, Calif., and Boies Schiller and Flexner, of Armonk, N.Y.
CommWorks 4000 Softswitch Featured in Live IP Telephony Demo At COMNET Conference & Expo

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 30, 2001--
COMNET 2001 Booth No. 826

Standards-compliant Technology Delivers High Capacity Demanded by
Carriers, Enables Rapid Development of New Services

The CommWorks(R) 4000 Softswitch, developed by CommWorks Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS), is providing critical call control, signaling mediation functions and back-end services in a live Internet protocol (IP) telephony demonstration at the COMNET Conference & Expo here this week. The technology showcase also features CommWorks` new Total Control(R) 2000 multiservice access platform and other elements of its end-to-end, carrier-grade IP-based communications solutions for service providers.

The CommWorks 4000 Softswitch is a software-based subscriber management and services platform. Its distributed software applications are based on standards and open interfaces. Reliance on open standards enables the CommWorks 4000 Softswitch to work with disparate networks and protocols -- including H.323, SIP and H.248/MEGACO -- enabling providers to choose "best-in-class" components to build their networks. It also encourages innovation in the development and creation of new enhanced services.

In the technology showcase at COMNET, the CommWorks 4000 Softswitch works with the Total Control 2000 platform in a solution that seamlessly integrates IP networks with the public switched telephone network (PSTN) for the delivery of toll-quality voice as well as a complete suite of value-added enhanced services and applications. Incumbent carriers can use this solution to offload voice traffic from the circuit-switched PSTN to more efficient IP networks. Next generation "green field" carriers can use this solution to introduce long distance voice services and new enhanced services.

Rapid Service Deployment over Multiple Access Technologies

Deployed commercially by domestic and international carriers, the CommWorks 4000 Softswitch supports session, media and service control in multiple access applications, including wireline, wireless and cable. It features an open system design that operates with multiple platforms and operating systems. This commitment to open standards lends itself to rapid customization, including new call control solutions and other user and service network services.

The CommWorks 4000 Softswitch includes two key elements: the session agent and a series of back-end servers to deliver such network critical functions as accounting, billing and provisioning.

The session agent includes four complementary modules, each designed for a specific task. The CommWorks 4010 Session Manager is the central session and device control agent for the network, providing media control and management, session control function and multi-protocol PSTN/IP signaling interfaces, as defined in the ITU H.248 and the IETF MEGACO standards. It also provides protocol mediation between PSTN, H.323, and SIP networks.

The CommWorks 4200 Media Gateway Controller works with H.323 gateways and endpoints to provide address translations, admission control, bandwidth control and zone management as defined in the H.323 architecture.

The CommWorks 4220 SIP Proxy Server works with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) gateways and endpoints. It implements the call control, SIP stack, registrar, management and location interfaces for authentication, authorization and accounting.

The CommWorks 4007 SS7 Signaling Gateway for signaling inter-working between the Signaling System 7 (SS7) and IP networks.

The back end services component of the CommWorks 4000 Softswitch includes five modules that provide network centric services.

The CommWorks 7240 Web Provisioning Server is responsible for provisioning IP services.

The CommWorks 7210 Directory Mapping Server performs translation and routing functions, including translating E.164 compliant telephone numbers to IP addresses.

The CommWorks 7220 Accounting Server is responsible for the accounting and call detail record (CDR) functions.

The CommWorks 7200 Authentication and Rating Server handles subscriber authentication.

The CommWorks 7230 Billing Support Server is where system level Call Detail Records (CDRs) are created and transferred to upstream carrier and clearing house billing systems. This server combines the information from four or more distinct CDRs (ingress call open, egress call open, ingress call close, and egress call close) that are generated during the course of a call.

About CommWorks Corporation

CommWorks, a 3Com Company, supplies network service providers around the world with access infrastructures and IP services platforms that open new business opportunities and help them establish unique positions in a competitive marketplace. With flexible multi-service hardware platforms and modular software components, the comprehensive CommWorks architecture makes it possible for service providers to integrate their existing infrastructures with innovative technologies to deliver an array of next-generation IP-based enhanced services to their customers. For further information, visit www.commworks.com
CommWorks Corp.`s Total Control 2000 Selected Product of the Year by Communications Solutions Magazine

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 31, 2001--COMNET Booth #826--The Total Control 2000(R) multiservice access platform, the flagship product of the recently formed CommWorks(R) Corp., a 3Com(R) (Nasdaq:COMS) company, has already made its mark on the service provider arena. The next-generation platform, which has consistently pushed the envelope in IP telephony capabilities, has been named Product of the Year in the convergence switch category by Communications Solutions(TM) magazine.

Communications Solutions Product of the Year

The Communications Solutions Product of the Year award honors innovative products and services that have furthered voice/data convergence. In recognizing the Total Control 2000, TMC president and group publisher Rich Tehrani commented, "As the industry matures, we`re finding more than just products and services on the market -- entire solutions are being offered. Communications Solutions magazine initiated the Product of the Year award program to help our readers sort through the vast proliferation of new products and services in the marketplace. The Product of the Year award, selected by the editors of Communications Solutions and the engineers of TMC Labs(TM), is given to those select products, such as CommWorks` Total Control 2000, that deserve the attention of forward-thinking organizations looking for best-of-breed solutions."

Total Control 2000

Introduced in early 2000, the Total Control 2000 multiservice access platform enables next-generation, IP-based multimedia services and offers high-density functionality to meet key service provider requirements. It augments CommWorks` existing Total Control multiservice access product family and is ideal for areas of high population densities where tens of thousands of connections are needed. This month at the COMNET 2001 trade show, CommWorks demonstrated live IP telephony voice calls carried over the Total Control 2000.

"We pride ourselves in being a leader in developing network strategies and technologies that empower individuals and their organizations, making CommWorks a key player in building the most advanced networks for access and transfer of voice, video and data information," said Irfan Ali, president of CommWorks Corp., said. "It is an honor to be recognized for delivering on that vision by one of the preeminent publications in our industry."

About CommWorks Corp.

CommWorks, a 3Com Company, supplies network service providers around the world with access infrastructures and IP services platforms that open new business opportunities and help them establish unique positions in a competitive marketplace. With flexible multi-service hardware platforms and modular software components, the comprehensive CommWorks architecture makes it possible for service providers to integrate their existing infrastructures with innovative technologies to deliver an array of next-generation IP-based enhanced services to their customers. For further information, visit www.commworks.com.
NxGen Networks to Trial Total Control 2000 Platform From CommWorks Corporation

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. and DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 31, 2001--

Emerging Global Telco Will Test Enhanced Telephony Services Solutions Offering Provided by 3Com Subsidiary

CommWorks Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ:COMS) and NxGen Networks, Inc. (OTC.BB:NXNW), announced today that NxGen has agreed to field trial its new Total Control(R) 2000 multiservice access platform. The trial, scheduled to commence third quarter of this year, will include various elements of CommWorks` standards-based, carrier-grade Internet Protocol (IP) telephony solution. NxGen Networks will field test CommWorks` solutions for transport and termination of voice-over-IP traffic and enhanced telephony services.

The Total Control 2000 multiservice access platform enables next-generation, IP-based multimedia services and offers high-density functionality to meet key service provider requirements. The platform delivers fast, reliable, carrier-class functionality using today`s most advanced communications technologies. NxGen will begin with a single shelf and easily expand to six shelves in two racks. A single shelf can host as many as 14 DSP line cards, each with a DS3 PSTN interface. This level of capacity in a small footprint will enable NxGen to reduce cost of ownership and increase revenue potential.

"Our customers are seeking innovative new communications services delivered over cost-effective network infrastructure," said Bill Neale, Senior Vice President of Marketing for NxGen. CommWorks has the technology for delivering new, enhanced IP-based telephony solutions. We are excited about the opportunity to test this equipment in our leading-edge network." "With its ability to deliver fast, reliable, carrier-class performance while handling hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections, the Total Control 2000 platform will allow carriers like NxGen Networks to use the same packet-based network to deliver enhanced voice and data services," said Irfan Ali, President of CommWorks Corporation. CommWorks is among the world`s top three providers of carrier-class IP telephony equipment for service providers. (Source: The Dell`Oro Group) IP telephony equipment from CommWorks has carried more than one billion minutes of voice traffic for service providers in North America, Europe and Asia.

About NxGen Networks

NxGen Networks, Inc., (OTC.BB: NXNW) is a global telecommunications company, which integrates the latest in next generation voice and data switching technologies onto a single high-speed IP/ATM network. The network provides advanced voice and data services impossible to recreate with traditional circuit switching technology for Fortune 5000 Companies, Enhanced Services Resellers, Long Distance Carriers, Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLECs), Application Services Providers (ASPs) and large Internet Service Providers (ISPs). For additional information about NxGen Networks, visit the company`s Web site at .
3Com Makes Broadband Internet Connections Radically Simple; New 3Com ADSL Modem USB Streamlines
Installation, Maintenance for Internet Service Providers

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2001--Internet service providers will soon enjoy faster installation and
provisioning -- potentially leading to more customer installations per day -- thanks to a new ADSL modem from 3Com Corp.
(Nasdaq:COMS). 3Com has expanded its radically simple ADSL modem portfolio with the new 3Com(R) ADSL Modem USB,
designed to minimize installation times and associated costs DSL service providers incur with new service activation.

The 3Com ADSL Modem USB, featuring the industry`s widest-deployed Alcatel chipset, is compatible with industry leading DSLAMs
and continues 3Com`s interoperability heritage. In addition, the 3Com ADSL modem USB provides Internet connection speeds many
times faster than traditional dial-up modems: depending on the services consumers order, the 3Com ADSL Modem USB is flexible
enough to support connection speeds ranging anywhere from 8 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream to 1 Mbps upstream.

An integral part of 3Com`s Digital Home vision, the 3Com ADSL Modem USB provides a key element required by consumers:
high-speed, "always-on" Internet connections. In addition, remote workers can tap into office virtual private networks to check email or
connect to work-related databases; at the same time, other household members can conduct research online or tap into the Internet`s
rich entertainment content.

Forward-thinking Benefits

3Com`s ADSL Modem USB includes an "Instant Update" feature, which protects service provider investments: when modem upgrades
are made available, registered users will be notified and they can easily and quickly download them from the 3Com website at their
convenience.

To furnish consumers real-time diagnostic data, the 3Com ADSL Modem USB also includes free "Control Center" software. This
application provides consumers up-to-the-minute line performance, line noise and error statistics, should service providers ever need
help troubleshooting issues that arise.

Pricing and Availability

3Com`s ADSL Modem USB carries a list price of $222; it is currently available for order through normal 3Com distribution channels.
Volume shipment is expected mid-February 2001.

The Digital Home from 3Com

3Com`s vision of a Digital Home is one that connects family members to each other and important information -- both within and
outside the home. Based on real-life consumer needs for Internet connectivity, the Digital Home parlays 3Com`s acknowledged
expertise in networking computers and enriches consumer lifestyles with simple, reliable and innovative solutions. Encompassing a wide
variety of products, 3Com is one of the only companies to provide every element required by Digital Home members -- such as cable
and DSL modems; wireless, phoneline and Ethernet home networks and gateways; Internet appliances and webcams.
3Com to Expand Its Lead in Fast-Growing IP PBX Market; New Networked Telephony Solution Further Hastens the Demise of Traditional PBX Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2001--Building on its market-leading IP PBX heritage, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ:COMS) today announced the new 3Com(R) SuperStack(R) 3 NBX(R) Networked Telephony Solution. By replacing traditional PBX systems, 3Com is meeting customers` business requirements for increased flexibility and cost savings with a reliable system that is simpler to use and maintain than any other system on the market. 3Com`s newest addition to the NBX 25 and NBX 100 product line expands to 600 users, helping businesses worldwide manage their operations more efficiently, improve customer relations, economize on costs and enhance overall productivity.

"Independent market data indicates that customers are moving away from legacy PBX systems and investing in open, IP-based solutions. Sales of traditional voice systems are down considerably from previous years, while 3Com`s IP PBX sales continue to grow rapidly," said Dan Massiello, vice president and general manager, Voice Solutions, 3Com. "With the addition of the SuperStack 3 NBX solution to our current NBX 25 and NBX 100 products, 3Com now addresses the needs of a broader base of customers, accelerating the transition to IP PBX solutions."

According to Synergy Research, the IP PBX market is expected to grow from $213 million during 2000 to $3.9 billion in revenue with over 19 million lines shipped in 2005. By 2005, Synergy estimates that IP PBX systems will represent nearly 20% of all PBX sales.

Meeting Customer Needs For Open Architectures

The SuperStack 3 NBX solution is part of 3Com`s family of IP PBX products designed to replace traditional business phone systems while leveraging industry-standard data networks. 3Com Networked Telephony Solutions use an organization`s "data" network to gain access to seamless multi-site communications, unified messaging, computer telephony integration, contact center, browser-based administration and day-to-day business telephony features. 3Com`s open architecture gives customers more effective access to the business tools and applications they need to prosper in today`s competitive climate.

Enhanced Scalability Serves Larger, Demanding Organizations

The SuperStack 3 NBX solution includes an enhanced call processor and a newly designed gateway at its core. The solution now delivers 10/100 business telephones providing improved displays and easier connections. The phones are also available with a built-in infrared port, as well as software that integrates Palm computing applications. 3Com`s NBX dialing application for Palm computing devices is shipped with every system. As part of the 3Com Networked Telephony Solutions product family, the SuperStack 3 NBX solution addresses the communication needs of larger organizations by giving customers the ability to network multiple locations with up to 600 users per site.

"The SuperStack 3 NBX solution is designed to solve a wide range of business communication problems that customers face in today`s global economy," said Ed Wadbrook, director, business development and strategy, 3Com. "We`re expanding our proven, reliable NBX platform to offer customers a solution that will scale easily as the organization grows and help our customers be more efficient and productive."

Proven Availability

The foundation of reliability for the SuperStack 3 NBX solution is the VxWorks(R) real-time operating system (RTOS) from Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND) currently used with all 3Com Networked Telephony Solutions. In continuing to use this RTOS, 3Com reinforces its commitment to meeting the requirements of the mission-critical portion of its customers` businesses. The SuperStack3 NBX solution also includes resilient 10/100 uplink ports, redundant power supplies and mirrored hard drives to ensure that the system is always up and running.

Extensive Applications Support Productivity

With the SuperStack 3 NBX solution, 3Com delivers the industry`s most affordable, built-in application package that helps improve productivity and system utilization. New with the SuperStack 3 NBX solution is Palm O/S dialing support, PC-based attendant software that enables call handling from any receptionist`s desktop, increased voice mail storage and enhancements to NBX ConneXtions H.323 solution. With 72 built-in voice mail ports, 3Com has the capacity to meet the storage needs of larger enterprises.

"With the SuperStack 3 NBX solution, an unprecedented number of productivity-enhancing features and applications are built-in, allowing us to realize superior functionality at a much lower total cost of ownership," said Stephen Douglas, MIS, ChannelWave Software, Inc.

3Com Delivers Simple Administration and Use

Enhancements to the SuperStack 3 NBX system management utilities include 3Com Network Supervisor and NBX NetSet(TM) administrator, and improve the flexibility of the system, making it the easiest to use, easiest to own, and the most simple to maintain. The browser-based administrative tools decrease staff requirements needed to run the system, resulting in a dramatic reduction of maintenance and administrative costs. As a result, the solution provides converged voice and data services with a single support staff and skill set.

With its administrative tool, NBX NetSet, the SuperStack 3 NBX solution allows for self-directed adds, moves and changes. The system is also designed for the greatest user flexibility with maximum productive uptime during installation or upgrades.

The SuperStack 3 NBX is a radically simple, global solution. The solution includes nine built-in, easy-to-deploy localized language options. End-users simply access a drop menu to select the language of choice, yielding a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain multi-national solution.

3Com Provides Investment Assurance

Built on an open architecture, the 3Com SuperStack 3 NBX solution operates over standards-based Ethernet networks. Regardless of the customer`s existing LAN environment, the SuperStack 3 NBX solution helps reduce integration risks and costs. As a result, an investment or upgrade in network infrastructure may now benefit both a customer`s voice and data services.

Pricing and Availability

Expected to be available in late March 2001, the SuperStack 3 NBX Networked Telephony Solution is priced based on specific configuration. A 200-station system with unified messaging and 200 10/100 phones will cost $140,000 USD.

Other 3Com Networked Telephony Solutions are available worldwide through 3Com Voice Authorized Partners. For more information, call 1-800-NET-3COM.
3Com Surpasses One Million Cable Modem Mark; Shipment of 1.2 Million Cable Modems Foreshadows Future Digital Home Market Growth

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 15, 2001--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced has it shipped more than 1.2 million two-way external DOCSIS-compliant cable modems to cable companies and broadband Internet Service Providers around the world. 3Com`s largest United States-based customers include AT&T Broadband, Time Warner, Cablevision Systems and Charter; internationally, the company supplies cable modems to NTL Communications, TV Cabo, TVA Brazil and others.

"3Com has matched the needs of broadband Internet service providers as their subscriber bases surged during the past two years," said Michael Pula, director of cable product management for 3Com`s Residential Connectivity Group. "We are now poised to expand this effort in the coming year."

In addition to increased factory capacity and output capabilities, 3Com has instituted two initiatives that position it well to maintain its growth in this sector. First, the company resolved supply chain issues that plagued the entire industry, making strategic design decisions and sourcing from multiple suppliers. Second, 3Com worked with major service providers to offer consumers radically simple self-installation options, freeing service providers to more efficiently institute service.

Cable Internet Access Poised for Explosive Growth


"The migration from dial-up to broadband Internet connections will accelerate over the next several years and more than 16 million cable modem subscribers in North America alone are forecasted by 2004," said Patti A. Reali, senior analyst with Gartner Dataquest, the San Jose, Calif.-based market research and consulting firm. "New high-speed cable Internet subscribers will be driven not only by the desire for a better overall Internet experience, but also by the explosion in applications such as streaming audio and video, digital photography, gaming and other high-bandwidth content. As broadband services become more ubiquitous, suppliers such as 3Com, with strong channel management experience, are poised to capture an increasing share of these new broadband customers."

Delivering Quality to Broadband Industry Leaders

"Time Warner-Minneapolis and RoadRunner rely solely on 3Com cable modems for our residential customers," said Michael Fox, vice president and general manager of RoadRunner for Time Warner Cable Minnesota. "The company`s products and extraordinary responsiveness enable our customers to enjoy cable Internet experiences they crave with less waiting time."

The Digital Home from 3Com

3Com`s vision of a Digital Home is one that connects family members to each other and important information - both within and outside the home. Based on real-life consumer needs for Internet connectivity, the Digital Home parlays 3Com`s acknowledged expertise in networking computers and enriches consumer lifestyles with simple, reliable and innovative solutions. Encompassing a wide variety of products, 3Com is one of the only companies to provide every element required by Digital Home members - such as cable and DSL modems; wireless, phoneline and Ethernet home networks and gateways; Internet appliances and webcams.
Ich habe hier einmal ein spekulatives Element zu 3Com.
Gefunden in der Zeitschrift Finanzen 03/2001 Seite 202
unter Termine im März:

"12.März Siemens:
Erster Handelstag der Siemens-Aktie an der New Yorker
Börse. Spannend: Mit der US-Börsennotierung kann der
deutsche Elektronikkonzern Firmenübernahmen in den USA
mit Aktien bezahlen. Ein Übernahmekandidat: 3Com, einer
der führenden Hersteller von Netzwerklösungen."
CommWorks Corporation Purchases Multiple SledgeHammer(TM) Test Systems from Empirix

WILMINGTON, Mass., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Communications Infrastructure Test Group of Empirix (formerly Hammer Technologies) announced today that CommWorks Corporation, a 3Com Company (Nasdaq: COMS), has purchased multiple SledgeHammer Test Systems for testing carrier-class, high-density multiservice access equipment. Initial system deliveries were taken in Q4 2000 with further purchases planned in 2001.

Robin Nastos, R&D Director of Systems Test at CommWorks Corporation said, "The SledgeHammer test system, with its dual DS3 interface, broad feature set, and ease of use, gives us the best solution for testing our communications devices. We are most impressed with the SledgeHammer`s high SS7 call rates and VoIP testing capabilities. It provides us a cost effective test platform that emulates real world operating conditions in the lab."

CommWorks Corporation is comprised of the entirety of 3Com`s former Carrier Networks Business and its rich legacy of delivering customer centric, IP-based networking solutions to service providers on a global basis. These networks allow service providers to deliver enhanced data and voice services to their end users through dial, wireless and broadband access.

"CommWorks is a leader in next-generation carrier-class access platforms with the highest standards for quality and aggressive time-to-market goals. We are pleased that CommWorks chose the SledgeHammer as their telecommunications testing solution," said Mark MacLean, Empirix Performance Test Product Manager. "This is further reinforcement that our efforts in developing high capacity test solutions that emulate real world operational environments is in line with our customers` needs."

The SledgeHammer Test System, with an optional dual DS3 interface, delivers up to 1,344 channels of traffic for testing high-density next- generation telecommunications systems. The SledgeHammer is available with a unique software option that allows users to switch between DS3 and E1 interfaces on 56 span systems or T1 and E1 interfaces on 28 span systems. This option maximizes test equipment investments while minimizing lab space requirements.

All channels are controlled from a single user interface and can be configured to deliver voice, fax, or tones with CAS, ISDN, NFAS or SS7 signaling. The SledgeHammer can deliver this traffic in accordance with a number of packaged call profiles that emulate real world traffic conditions. Now available with the Hammer VoIP test application, the SledgeHammer provides voice quality testing on all telephony channels. The SledgeHammer enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to test high-density telecommunications systems performance under real world operating conditions.

About CommWorks Corporation

CommWorks, a 3Com Company, supplies network service providers around the world with access infrastructures and IP services platforms that open new business opportunities and help them establish unique positions in a competitive marketplace. With flexible multi-service hardware platforms and modular software components, the comprehensive CommWorks architecture makes it possible for service providers to integrate their existing infrastructures with innovative technologies to deliver an array of next-generation IP-based enhanced services to their customers. For further information, visit www.commworks.com About Empirix

Empirix develops and markets innovative testing and monitoring products for business-critical Web and voice applications. Its portfolio of software technologies ensures that e-business and networked systems provide high- quality, robust, and reliable service to customers and partners alike. Formed by the combination of Hammer Technologies and RSW Software and funded by Matrix Partners, Empirix currently delivers and supports products and services to more than 1,200 customers worldwide, including leading telcos, call centers, Fortune 1000 organizations, switch manufacturers and major dot.coms. Empirix is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts and has offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan. For more information, visit Empirix on the Web at http://www.empirix.com.

SledgeHammer and Hammer Technologies are trademarks of Empirix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Parthus Launches MobiStream 2.5G Platform Combining Broadband Wireless Connectivity and Mobile Multimedia Functionality In a Ultra-Low Power Consumption Solution

CANNES, France, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Parthus Technologies plc (Nasdaq: PRTH) (LSE: PRH), a leading developer of semiconductor intellectual property for the mobile Internet market, today announced the launch of MobiStream, one of the industry`s most advanced GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) platforms combining the highest data rates and integrated multimedia in one of the industry`s lowest baseband power consumption solutions, at the 2001 GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.

In addition, 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) has licensed MobiStream as part of its portfolio licensing agreement with Parthus announced last month to power its mobile product line.

Mobile operators worldwide are deploying GPRS to target the market for mobile data services. With GPRS, connection is almost instant and users can have "always on" connectivity to the mobile Internet, enjoying high-speed delivery of e-mails, Internet access and mobile multimedia services. In Japan, always on connectivity through NTT DoCoMo`s i-mode service has been viewed as an inflection point for mass mobile Internet adoption and usage. Cahners In-Stat forecasts that unit shipments of 2.5G devices will top one billion units by 2004, while 2.5G semiconductor revenue is predicted to grow to over $24 billion in the same timeframe.

"Without question, GPRS is a key milestone in the path to full broadband mobile Internet connectivity," said Allen Nogee, senior analyst at Cahners In-Stat. "The defining challenge for the wireless industry is to deliver mobile devices at the cost and battery life consumers demand, with a range of innovative data and multimedia applications. Parthus` unique architecture and convergence strategy, as exemplified in the MobiStream platform, is a major advance in solving these challenges."

MobiStream utilizes breakthrough dedicated silicon hardware architecture to process and accelerate GPRS connectivity, while delivering maximum GPRS data rates. MobiStream is architected to support multi-slot Class 12 (maximum 4Rx, 1Tx), circa 56kbps with a simple software upgrade to 8 slots/circa 115kbps as networks increase data capacity. In addition, MobiStream leads the industry in terms of power consumption requirements, with an estimated five-fold improvement over current generation GPRS baseband solutions. The MobiStream baseband operates at 13MHz and minimizes silicon area by requiring less than 100k gates and limited RAM/ROM (7kbytes/3kbytes). The Parthus MobiStream platform is compatible with Condat`s GTI (Generic Target Interface) enabling the Condat G23 protocol stack family. Condat AG (NEUER MARKT: CDTG.DE), based in Berlin, Germany, is a major supplier of G23 GPRS technology for 2.0G, 2.5G and 3.0G functionality.

As the MobiStream platform uses dedicated hardware for GPRS processes, it off-loads the DSP for codec and mobile multimedia applications. Multimedia capability is enabled by the Parthus MediaStream platform allowing semiconductor companies and OEMs to deploy combined GPRS and multimedia applications in a single chip. MediaStream will target a range of audio applications (such as MP3 music download), Enhanced Messaging Service standard (EMS is a planned upgrade of SMS) and ultimately the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) 3G standard that allows a combination of text, sounds, images and video to be streamed to any wireless device.

The MobiStream platform is designed to be deployed in a number of configurations including data only (e.g., PDA, laptops, network cards); data and voice (e.g., enhanced phones); and data, voice and multimedia (e.g. Smartphones). As MobiStream is targeted at a range of standard CMOS processes, it halves the cost of deployment compared with many software-based GPRS solutions currently in the market. Cost savings are particularly pronounced in data and multimedia deployments.

"Wireless technology allows 3Com to provide radically simple connections for our customers," said Rick Maule, general manager of the Mobile Connectivity Division of 3Com. "Our next generation of wireless and mobile products are a natural extension and will complement our current role in LAN technologies. This alliance with Parthus, a leader in the mobile Internet, provides us with additional wireless and multimedia technology, which enhances our existing mobile IP portfolio." "MobiStream is leading the industry in terms of the three critical issues -- power, price and performance -- key to the success of 2.5G roll-out," said Kevin Fielding, chief operating officer of Parthus. "We are delighted that 3Com, one of the world`s leading networking companies, is our lead customer for this exciting new platform. The flexibility of MobiStream, with its ability to combine mobile multimedia applications, continues our commitment to converge complementary mobile Internet technologies in a single chip solution."

About MobiStream -- The next generation in GPRS

* Unique Architecture: MobiStream utilizes breakthrough dedicated
hardware silicon architectures for GPRS processing and interfaces to an
ARM 7-based (or comparable) microprocessor for software stacks. The
platform requires exceptionally low baseband size (<100k gates), RAM/ROM
(7kbytes/3kbytes) size.

* Power Efficiency: Because MobiStream processes GPRS in dedicated
hardware running at only 13Mhz, the DSP is offloaded of these time
critical tasks and subsequently, power consumption is reduced.

* Full Bandwidth GPRS: The platform is architected for 8 slots, initially
targeted at multi-slot Class 12 (maximum 4Rx, 1Tx), circa 56kbps with a
simple upgrade to 8 slots/circa 115kbps is possible as networks advance.

* Layer 2&3 Software Suites: Parthus is working with Condat to integrate
G23-GPRS into MobiStream. G23-GPRS is a fully portable protocol stack
for GSM/GPRS mobile terminals; a critical building block for all GSM
terminal manufacturers preparing for the next generation of packed data
mobile communications.

* Low Cost Deployment: As MobiStream is targeted at a range of standard
CMOS processes, it halves the cost of deployment compared with many
software-based GPRS solutions currently in the market.

* Flexible Deployment: MobiStream can be deployed in a number of
configurations
-- data only -- e.g., PDA, laptops, network cards
-- data and voice -- e.g., enhanced phones
-- data, voice and multimedia -- e.g., Smartphones

* Integrated Mobile Multimedia: MobiStream offloads the high-speed
processing tasks of multi-slot GPRS applications to dedicated hardware
freeing up the DSP primarily for multimedia applications. The
MediaStream 24-bit DSP and accompanying library of software peripherals
enables the multimedia feature.

* RF Power Management: MobiStream also provides support for power saving
in the RF area by allowing the software to shut down various portions of
the radio and only bring them up just prior to their use.

* Dynamic Loading: As the mobile device transitions through a wide range
of load conditions, from network acquisition to idle mode to dedicated
mode, dynamic loading varies the number of timeslots in use.

* Foundation for EDGE: The Parthus baseband architecture has been
developed with EDGE in mind. The overall architecture remains very
similar, supporting GSM, GPRS and EDGE functionality in a single core.

* Convergence Roadmap: Parthus offers an unrivalled portfolio of
platforms powering the computing, communications and content
requirements of next generation mobile Internet. By converging Parthus`
2.5G, Bluetooth, GPS, mobile computing and multimedia platforms onto a
single digital chip, companies can overcome the cost, power and form
factor challenges of next generation mobile devices.

About Parthus Technologies
Parthus Technologies is one of the world`s leading providers of complete platform level Intellectual property (IP) solutions targeting the mobile Internet market. Incorporating radio, baseband and software design solutions, Parthus` unrivalled range of mobile Internet platforms are used by the world`s largest microprocessor companies and electronics manufacturers in MP3, GPS, GPRS, GSM, 3G and Bluetooth applications. Parthus` broad range of platforms power a diverse range of mobile Internet devices, such as cellular handsets, Smartphones, automobiles, personal audio players and PDAs. The company has leveraged seven years` of IP development experience to deploy platforms that lead the industry in terms of ultra-high processing power and low power consumption, and deliver significant cost and time-to-market advantages to its customers. Parthus is headquartered in Dublin with offices in six countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: PRH) and NASDAQ (Nasdaq: PRTH). More information on Parthus is available at http://www.parthus.com .
3Com Supplies Telefonica With More Than 150,000 ADSL Devices for Its High Speed Internet Access Service;
Deal to Provide ADSL Solutions for Telefonica`s Operations in Spain and Latin America


MADRID, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 21, 2001--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced that its Spanish and Latin American operations are supplying the Telefonica Group with 150,000 ADSL devices for its high-speed Internet access services in Spain and Latin America. This deal affirms 3Com as one of the world`s foremost suppliers of DSL solutions.

The Telefonica Group has selected the 3Com(R) OfficeConnect(R) ADSL Router 812 for business users and the 3Com HomeConnect(R) ADSL Modem PCI for residential users in Spain. Both models have been adapted to meet Telefonica`s needs. The two models will be distributed as part of the ADSL service offered by Telefonica to customers in Spain and Latin America, principally Peru and Brazil.

"3Com is committed to delivering feature-rich high speed Internet access solutions that are extremely simple to install, use and maintain," said Marcelo Peuriot, general manager of 3Com Iberia. "Both businesses and residential users are increasingly choosing DSL technology for high-speed Internet access. Business users can save time waiting to download high capacity documents and graphics, while all users can enjoy faster, more enjoyable Internet browsing."

The 3Com OfficeConnect ADSL Router 812 is easy to install and includes a number of features ideal for businesses, such as intelligent network address translation (NAT), advanced filtering for security and an integrated 4-port ethernet hub for connection to a local area network (LAN). The OfficeConnect Router 812 supports more than 16 virtual connections to different destinations at the same time and includes a full set of routing and bridging capabilities.

The 3Com HomeConnect ADSL Modem PCI is perfect for the home user wanting high-speed Internet access over their existing phoneline.

3Com`s broadband solutions support the versions of DSL most widely deployed by CLECS (competitive local exchange carriers) and ILECs (incumbent local exchange carriers), including ADSL and SDSL.
3Com hoping for turnaround by aiming at network edge

By Eric Lai

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb 25 (Reuters) - 3Com Corp. <COMS.O>, which once entertained ambitions of dominating the networked world, is now looking to pull back and pick its shots as it attempts to recover from a long slide.

The company, which once rivaled Cisco Systems Inc. <CSCO.O> and followed its strategy of growth by acquisition, is now aiming at select niches in high-speed networking to desktop computers and wireless access for businesses, the new 3Com chief executive told Reuters.

At the same time, 3Com is continuing its broad cost-cutting efforts as it seeks to regain profitability by early 2002. The goal is to slash some $200 million to $250 million in expenses by cutting or spinning out money-losing product lines.

3Com, best-known for introducing Ethernet networking to the world, confirmed this week it is eliminating about half of its contract workers in an attempt to save about $50 million.

"For businesses that can`t meet the numbers, they won`t be in 3Com for a long time," said 3Com Chief Executive, Bruce Claflin in an interview with Reuters earlier this month. "It`s a little hard-nosed, but it`s essential for our success."

Claflin, who took over as CEO in January, is promising a tightened operational focus around two goals: extending 3Com`s reach into the "edges" of large-scale next-generation networks, and making its networking equipment as easy to use as it is powerful. TALE OF TWO COMPANIES

Nobody is expecting 3Com`s turnaround to be quick. Sales have fallen year-over-year for the last seven quarters. For its fiscal 2001 ending in May, 3Com is expecting revenues to be about 25 percent less than the $4.3 billion recorded in fiscal 2000.

Investors remain wary, as 3Com has disappointed Wall Street over the past year with mounting losses and strategy zigzags. 3Com ended regular trading on Friday at $9-1/32, down more than 60 percent from its 52-week high, after adjusting for the impact of spinning off Palm Inc. <PALM.O> last year.

The number of Wall Street analysts covering the stock has also shrunk to a mere handful as institutional interest has waned.

Founded in 1979, 3Com created the market for Ethernet cards, which plug into the back of personal computers and allowed them to communicate via local area networks. Simple and lucrative, networking cards were at their peak a billion dollar annual business for 3Com.

3Com maintained its edge over newer, cheaper competitors by pushing the standard speed for networking cards to 100 megabits per second from 10 megabits per second.

"Without a doubt, 3Com has been the leader for most of the life of the networking card market," said Jason Smolek, networking analyst at International Data Corp.

As late as 1993, 3Com and cross-Valley rival Cisco, whose trademark network router dominated the wide area networking space, were virtually neck-and-neck, in terms of sales.

But with Cisco zooming ahead by introducing new products and aggressively buying new companies, 3Com embarked on a similar, but less successful course, culminating in its $9 billion purchase of modem maker U.S. Robotics in 1997.

Buying U.S. Robotics led directly to the development of 3Com`s biggest recent hit - the hugely-popular Palm devices. But it also resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of unsold modems for 3Com and a battered stock as investors reacted to the inventory pile-up.

Today, Cisco is a $195 billion dollar company with a run rate of nearly $24 billion in annual sales; 3Com has a market capitalization just one-sixty-fifth the size of Cisco`s, and an annual sales run rate just one-eighth the size.

After years of expansion, 3Com finally admitted defeat last year and began to exit businesses - such as high-end network routers, with which it once hoped to topple Cisco. FROM SMALL BUSINESSES TO BIG CORPORATIONS

Enter Claflin, who helped institute the cutbacks as 3Com`s president and chief operating officer for the past two and a half years.

"My criticism about our company looking backward is that I think we got too diffused over different products and technologies," said the 22-year IBM veteran who headed worldwide sales and marketing at Digital Equipment Corp. before coming to 3Com. "We couldn`t figure out who we were. Now we`re striving consciously to always be delivering on this idea of functionally rich, radically simple networking solutions."

3Com remains intent on scaling up the value chain from small and medium-sized businesses toward large corporations, where Cisco remains the market-leading, 800-pound gorilla.

For one, 3Com is raising the bar on Ethernet again, and aggressively touting Gigabit Ethernet networking cards that can zip data along as fast as one billion bits per second. These cards, which hook up PC users to the network at large, are one way 3Com will attempt to dominate the network edge, Claflin said.

3Com is also touting gear such as intelligent hubs and switches and Web caching products, both of which can redirect traffic so that it skims along the outer edges of networks - avoiding increasingly-congested central routers - for faster travel.

"Intelligence in the network is moving outward, and that favors us as an edge company," Claflin said. And for all of these products, making them as easy-to-use as possible will attract corporate IT managers, especially when they consider how to support remote branch offices with few technical staff.

Claflin downplayed expectations for Audrey, 3Com`s new Internet-enabled information appliance aimed at consumers. Some had hoped Audrey would immediately replicate the success of the Palm, but Claflin said Audrey, a white-colored, easy-to-use box that 3Com envisions will be used in the kitchens of well-off suburbanites, was still very much in "market development" stage. In most of the markets 3Com is targeting it faces entrenched competitors: in Gigabit Ethernet, it trails Intel Systems Inc. <INTC.O>; in wireless, it is behind companies like Symbol Technologies <SBL.N>, Lucent Technologies Inc. <LU.N> and Cisco.

Claflin acknowledges that the weakened economy and slowing corporate spending on information technology - which caused 3Com to report second quarter sales that were down five percent from the first quarter - might mean these markets may take years to develop.

"The conditions that affected our business last quarter are still in place today," he said. "But the underlying demand is real."

But IDC`s Smolek argued that because these markets remain nascent, 3Com has as good a chance as any other player.

"If 3Com is aggressive enough, they can catch up, as these are still very young markets," he said. ((Eric Lai, San Francisco newsdesk, 415/677-3919, eric.lai@reuters.com))

REUTERS
3Com Reduces Costs in Company-Wide Effort to Drive Profitability and Growth; Company Announces 13% Reduction in Personnel

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2001--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) announced today an across-the-board reduction in force of approximately 1,200 people including full-time regular employees and the alternative workforce.

"In light of the U.S. economic downturn and turmoil in the telecommunications industry, I announced in December a global cost reduction initiative," said Bruce Claflin, 3Com president and CEO. "3Com will focus all of its resources on work critical to market leadership and superior financial returns."

3Com expects today`s announcement to be the first step towards improving cost effectiveness and efficiency in operations. The company will continue to focus on cost reductions in all four areas outlined in its restructuring plan: employment, discretionary costs, product costs and savings in plant/property and equipment. 3Com will continue to report significant milestones towards this end as it focuses company resources on markets, technologies and products where it can lead.
Media Statement on 3Com Corporation`s 74 Per Cent Worldwide Market Share in LAN Telephony System Shipments

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2001--

3Com Secures 74 Per Cent of the Fast-Growing LAN Telephony Market Continuing Its Leadership for the Second Consecutive Year

Phoenix, Arizona-based Synergy Research Group`s Worldwide Voice over IP (VoIP) report for calendar year 2000 cites 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) once again the leader in the LAN Telephony market with 74 per cent market share in LAN telephony system shipments for its VoIP Access and Infrastructure Program. Synergy`s report cites 3Com shipping 4,946 systems and 109,925 phones for calendar year 2000. The nearest competitor is Cisco with only 879 system shipments.

"Synergy`s report shows 3Com`s continued leadership in the worldwide LAN telephony market and confirms the increase in IP telephony customer adoption resulting from our deployment of feature-rich, easy-to-deploy business telephone systems," said Ed Wadbrook, director, Voice Solutions Group, 3Com. "3Com`s innovative networked telephony solutions are designed to help businesses manage their operations more efficiently, improve customer relationships and increase return on telephony investments."

"The VoIP market is growing faster than expected and presents a tremendous business opportunity for those vendors providing global solutions. The market is expected to grow from $213 million during 2000 to $3.9 billion in revenue by 2005," said Jeremy Duke, founder and principal analyst, Synergy Research Group. "For the second year, 3Com has secured significant market share by giving businesses a cost-effective solution that offers more features and functions than traditional PBX systems."
3Com gibt Ergebniswarnung aus. Die Ertragprognose für das 3 Q wird hinter den Erwartungen zurückbleiben.3Com macht die allgemeine Wirtschaftslage für den Geschäftsrückgang verantwortlich.

nachbörslich von 9,125 auf 7,750 USD.
UPDATE 1-3Com lowers Q3 outlook, sees loss of up to $245 mln
(adds background)

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Networking equipment maker 3Com Corp. <COMS.O> on Wednesday warned that it will lose twice as much money in its upcoming third quarter as it previously forecast, blaming a slowdown in the telecommunications market and the U.S. economy.

In a statement, the Santa Clara, Calif., company said it will report revenues of between $625 million and $640 million for the quarter ending March 2nd, down from the previous forecast of $725 million to $750 million it gave at its last conference call.

3Com now expects to report a pro forma operating loss, excluding charges, non-recurring charges and amortization of goodwill, of $235 million to $245 million, more than double its previous loss estimate of $80 million to $100 million.

In addition to economic factors and weakness in the market for telecommunications equipment, 3Com said it is being hurt by heavy competition in the slowing market for low-end networking products that is reducing 3Com`s profit margins.

"The sudden and substantial slowing of the U.S. economy dramatically impacted the company`s revenue and gross margin performance during the quarter," said Bruce Claflin, 3Com president and CEO, in a statement.

"3Com is committed to achieving a lower cost structure based on the realities of the current economic climate, while continuing to invest for long-term profitable growth."

Pro forma net loss, which excludes the impact of restructuring charges, non-recurring costs, amortization of goodwill, and gains/losses on equity sales and property, plant and equipment dispositions, is anticipated to be roughly in the range of $135 million to $145 million.

3Com was at $8-1/8 in after-hours trading on the Island ECN network, after finishing regular trading Wednesday up 1/8 to $9-1/8 on regular trade on Nasdaq today, prior to the announcement. The company said earlier this week that it would lay off 1,200 employees, including 10 percent of its full-time workforce.

The company plans to release more details at its next earnings conference call on March 21st.

((Eric Lai, San Francisco newsdesk, 415/677-3919, eric.lai@reuters.com))

REUTERS
3Com Makes Call Center Management Easier for Businesses; NBX Call Center Brings Advanced Capabilities to Smaller Call Center Operations

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2001--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced a new solution that helps businesses benefit from call center applications for faster and more efficient customer service. Working in concert with 3Com`s market leading Networked Telephony solutions, the NBX(R) Call Center solution was unveiled this week at CT Expo in Los Angeles, Calif. and addresses the growing need to give businesses affordable, yet advanced call center capabilities.

Expected to be available in the U.S. late March 2001, the NBX Call Center works with 3Com`s NBX 100 Communications System and SuperStack(R) 3 NBX Networked Telephony Solution to enable fast, reliable call handling for small businesses, remote and branch offices and company departments. Designed for call centers with up to twenty-five agents, the application simplifies call processing flow and management to help improve users` experience and productivity. These benefits are a result of the NBX Call Center`s sophisticated intelligent call routing, graphical alarms, drag-and-drop queue assignments, extensive real-time graphical monitoring and reporting capabilities.

"With the NBX Call Center, we`re giving businesses the ability to meet the demand for improved customer service," said Ed Wadbrook, director, Voice Solutions, 3Com. "This solution gives businesses sophisticated call management features traditionally associated with high-end, expensive call center packages. Now, businesses can benefit by integrating call center capabilities in existing voice and data networks to help improve the bottom line."

The NBX Call Center solution offers varied levels of access and management. Agent control capabilities allow call agents to easily access the system to queue and manage calls. Supervisor functions let designated users manage call assignments, as well as create real-time displays, evaluate agent talk time and monitor line and agent availability. The solution`s administration capabilities allow an administrator to view logged on agents, define queues and workgroups and escalate calls based on time spent on hold.

Robust Reporting and Alarm Capabilities Set 3Com Apart

3Com NBX Call Center offers robust real-time reporting and alarm capabilities that aid in the management of a high-volume call center. The reporting functions enable administrators to gain real-time information on call handling, management and productivity.

The supervisor and agent alarm controls of the NBX Call Center solution ensures calls are routed within an appropriate timeframe and managed effectively by the agent. As a result, businesses distribute calls evenly within the organization, improving both customer and agent satisfaction and preventing call overload and drops within the system.

3Com Brings Radical Simplicity to the Call Center

The installation of the NBX Call Center solution is simple and quick. Customers can have the system installed and process calls in days rather than weeks, allowing organizations to focus on call management and avoid the hassles of building and implementing complex technology.

Easy to use and manage, the NBX Call Center solution enables real-time monitoring of agents, lines, queues and call status. Drag-and-drop assignment capabilities let administrators better manage incoming traffic and prevent abandoned calls.

3Com Reaches Remote Networked Telephony Users

With the NBX Call Center solution, businesses can set up remote operations anywhere without sacrificing voice quality or customer service. Using a NBX business phone linked to the IP connection of their home office or satellite locations, remote users enjoy the same call center features they would have at company headquarters.

The NBX Call Center solution offers intelligent call distribution up to 100 queues and scaleable support for up to twenty-five agents, two supervisors, and one administrator and database manager. The application also includes auto attendants, interactive voice response (IVR) and a computer telephony integration (CTI) link.

Pricing and Availability

The NBX Call Center solution is expected to be available late March 2001. An eight port, ten-agent software bundle, including one supervisor, administrator and report manager, plus hardware will cost approximately $37,495 USD.

Other 3Com Networked Telephony Solutions are available through 3Com NBX Sales Authorized Partners. For more information, please call 1-800-NET-3COM.
Hersteller von Netzwerk- und Datenkommunikationslösungen 3Com (COMS) berichtet ein 3Q-Ergebnis 1 Cent unter den Erwartungen. Unternehmen erwirtschaftete im 3Q einen Verlust von 0,36 Dollar pro Aktie (i.Vj. 0,22 Dollar). Umsätze fielen um 17,9 Prozent auf 629,60 Dollar (i.Vj. 766,70 Millionen).
Börse Online:

3Com mit düsteren Aussichten

von Mali Stern: Market Movers ausgewählt vom Team WebersWeb
[23.03.01, 00:20]

Das Quartalsergebnis von 3Com (COMS) entspricht zwar den reduzierten
Erwartungen, aber die Aussichten sind düster: Es wird erst noch schlechter, bevor es
wieder besser wird. Jetzt wird bei Kosten und Produkten gestrichen.

Der Netzwerk-Hersteller will seine jährlichen Kosten zusätzlich zu den bereits
angekündigten 250 Millionen Dollar (durch Entlassung von 10 Prozent der Belegschaft)
noch um weitere 750 Millionen Dollar senken, um sich der scharf zurückgegangenen
Nachfrage nach Netzwerk-Produkten anzupassen.

Zwei neue Produktlinien, die im vorigen Jahr mit großem Tamtam angekündigt wurden
und mit denen 3Com ins Endverbrauchergeschäft wollte, werden mangels
ausreichendem Erfolg gestrichen: Das Internet-Radio Kerbango und das
Internet-Surfgerät Audrey. Das allein soll schon 250 Millionen Dollar sparen.

3Com hatte im dritten Quartal (Ende: 2.3.) des Geschäftsjahres einen Umsatz von 630
Millionen Dollar und einen operativen Proforma-Verlust von 123 Millionen Dollar oder 36
Cents je Aktie – 1 Cent mehr als erwartet – erzielt. Für das laufende vierte Quartal wird
mit einem Umsatz zwischen 550 und 600 Millionen Dollar gerechnet. Mit operativem
Gewinn wird erst wieder für das vierte Quartal des Geschäftsjahres 2002 gerechnet.

Nach diversen Restrukturierungen und immer wieder enttäuschenden Ergebnissen liegt
der Börsenwert von 3Com jetzt unter einem (reduzierten) Jahresumsatz und gerade
mal 10 Prozent über den 1,85 Milliarden Dollar liquiden Mitteln, die die Bilanz per
Anfang März ausweist.

Die hohen Barmittel helfen wenig, wenn das Unternehmen keine Gewinne in Aussicht
stellen kann. Bis dahin kann der Kurs der Aktie noch weiter fallen.
3Com Reduces Costs in Consumer Broadband to Drive Profitability and Growth;
Company Announces 1.5% Reduction in Personnel

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 23, 2001--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) announced today a reduction in force of approximately 170 people in its consumer broadband operation including full-time regular employees and the alternative workforce.

"In 3Com`s quarterly financial results announcement this week, I said 3Com will restructure its operations in order to increase focus on core markets and improve financial returns," said Bruce Claflin, 3Com president and CEO. "3Com announced its intention to save $250 million in its consumer business and today`s reduction in force in consumer broadband is part of the restructuring."

Among the factors affecting 3Com`s Q3, FY01 results, 3Com cited eroding prices and margins for its consumer broadband modem business.

The reduction in force primarily affects employees located in 3Com`s Rolling Meadows, Illinois, facility who were notified today. The reduction in force is estimated to cost 3Com $4 million and will achieve an annual savings of $18 million.
3Com Supplies Network Infrastructure for Atento Espana, a Subsidiary of the Telefonica Group; Contract to Supply High-Speed LAN Infrastructure Across Company Network

MADRID, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 29, 2001--3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) and Atento Telecomunicaciones Espana, a subsidiary of the Telefonica Group, today announced that 3Com will be supplying the networking infrastructure for Atento`s 6,000 users. The contract includes the 3Com Switch 4007, 3Com SuperStack 3 Switch 3300, 3Com Transcend Network Supervisor and the 3Com EtherLink 10/100 PCI NIC with 3XP Processor family of products. 3Com is supplying Atento with full advisory and technical support for the implementation.

Under the terms of the agreement, 3Com will work closely with Atento to support new IT projects as it expands to offer customers more services.

"Atento is a leader in providing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions based on Internet technologies," commented Emilio Losantos, technology and development manager at Atento. "As we look to expand the services we offer customers we decided we needed to migrate our network to a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet environment so we have the infrastructure to meet the demands that ever higher bandwidth applications require."

"Atento`s business is dependent on having a robust IT infrastructure to support the heavy requirements it places on its network," said Marcelo Peuriot, general manager of 3Com Iberia. "We are delighted that Atento has chosen to implement a LAN infrastructure from 3Com to support its business as it demonstrates how efficient, secure and reliable are LAN solutions are. By choosing to migrate to a high speed Gigabit Ethernet network infrastructure, Atento Espana is taking a pioneering approach that will enable it to continue offering the most advanced and innovative CRM services in the industry." About Atento Telecomunicaciones Espana

Atento, part of the Telefonica Group, is a worldwide leader in CRM services. It has facilities in Europe, America, Asia and North Africa. Currently it has more than 50 call centres all over the world. In Spain Atento has 17 call centres managing more than 220 millions calls per year. It is the first CRM solutions provider to obtain the ISO 9001 Quality Certification by AENOR. The main activity areas of Atento Iberia are: Integrated CRM Activities, Telephone Internet Access, Internet Call Centre; I+D and Consultancy; Data Management, Loyalty Programmes, Sales, Logistics, Fulfilment and Operations. About 3Com Corporation

3Com simplifies how people connect to information and services through easy-to-use connectivity products and solutions for consumers and commercial organisations. The company also provides access infrastructures and IP services platforms for network service providers. For further information, visit www.3com.com or the press site at www.3com.com/pressbox.

Note to Editors: 3Com, SuperStack, Transcend and EtherLink are registered trademarks and the 3Com logo is a trademark of 3Com Corporation. All other company or product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
North America`s First Test and Qualification Facility for Bluetooth(TM) Wireless Devices is Opened in Santa Clara, CA

DANVERS, Mass., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- TUV Product Service (www.tuvglobal.com) announces it has partnered with 7 layers AG (www.7layers.com) to provide the first North American facility built exclusively for final test and qualification of Bluetooth wireless technology products.

The new TUV Product Service Bluetooth laboratory, opened in December 2000, features a suite of highly specialized Rhode & Schwarz test and measurement equipment. The laboratory, built in response to the explosive demand for new products featuring Bluetooth technology, is the newest addition to TUV Product Service`s comprehensive telecom, EMC, radio, and product safety test facilities.

7 layers, which currently manages client-owned test facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia and operates Bluetooth test facilities in the U.S. and Europe, will support the TUV Product Service Bluetooth test facility with the same degree of innovation, automation and responsiveness as their own labs. This cooperative effort combines decades of experience in the telecommunications and wireless technology industries. Successful testing at the Santa Clara, CA facility enables manufacturers to attain formal qualification and have their products bear the Bluetooth trademark.

"To further strengthen our position as a global certification leader, our customers can now take advantage of Bluetooth testing as part of a `single- source` test and qualification solution," stated Harry Ward, Technical Manager and Bluetooth Qualification Body (BQB), TUV Product Service. "The anticipated net effect for our Bluetooth customers is a significantly accelerated approvals process, reduced qualification costs and faster time-to-market in the U.S. and other global markets."

TUV Product Service`s Bluetooth facility is one of the first North American labs slated to be recognized as a formal Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF). "In a proactive move to anticipate and support market requirements, we will provide our North American customers with a world-class service," stated Matthias Popp, CEO of TUV Product Service. "Our status as a Bluetooth test and qualification facility will serve as a valuable adjunct to our existing analog, digital, wireless and RF product certification offerings," explained Harry Ward, Technical Manager and Bluetooth Qualification Body at TUV Product Service, Santa Clara.

"7 layers operates a Bluetooth protocol and GSM test facility in Irvine, CA, that will compliment the TUV Bluetooth test facility, thus providing a more complete range of test services for wireless communications products," explained Mr. James Cunningham, Technical Manager and Bluetooth Qualification Body at 7 layers Inc. About Bluetooth

Bluetooth is an always-on, short-range radio technology, which facilitates the communication between electronic devices across limited distances without cables, wires, or any physical connection. Poised to revolutionize the way users interact with a growing list of products, the number of Bluetooth- enabled devices is projected to top one billion by 2005.

Developed originally in the 1990`s by mobile-phone maker Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERICY), Bluetooth has recently been promoted as a cross-industry standard by high-tech heavyweights such as Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Toshiba (OTC: TOSBF), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Lucent (NYSE: LU), Motorola (Nasdaq: MOT), and 3Com (Nasdaq: COMS), who joined forces with Ericsson in 1998 to form the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). In addition to the SIG members, over 2000 small and medium-sized companies have signed up for royalty-free rights to provide the foundation for the emerging technology`s growth.

The new wireless technology will be well adapted to a wide variety of consumer electronic, industrial, automotive, telecommunications and medical applications. The first mobile pho