COMNET: 3Com Expand Convergence Strategy

WASHINGTON (01/25/2000) - 3Com Corp. at the ComNet 2000 conference here today unveiled the next steps in its eNetworks strategy, expanding the plan for converged networks beyond its original focus on enterprises to now include carrier and service provider systems.

As part of its overall strategy to give service providers ways to create new services, the company rolled out the first set of CommWorks service offerings and revealed plans for its Total Control 2000 access platform.

"The network of the future will have to be designed to offer a comprehensive architecture that addresses all the functionality required by the network... and do so in a manner such that new services and applications can be added very easily," said Mark Huntzinger, senior director of marketing at 3Com in a teleconference. "New applications have different requirements. [They] now have to address voice, data, fax, and video not as separate, individual applications, but rather as elements of the same application."

The CommWorks architecture, which was originally announced in September focusing on IP telephony, will expand to allow service providers to deliver remote access, IP telephony, wireless data, and cable access over a single converged network, according to 3Com.

Phase 1 of the CommWorks Enhanced Services, set to be available in April, will allow service providers and carriers to deliver services such as fax over IP, Internet call waiting, interactive voice response capabilities, and prepaid Internet calling cards.

Future phases of the CommWorks will enable universal messaging, Web-based call centers, directory services, and voice VPN services.

The company's Total Control 2000 access platform, which is an expansion of the existing Total Control 1000, boosts the number of subscribers served from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. The two platforms will be based on common digital signal processor and routing technologies. In addition, Total Control 2000 will feature a distributed routing topology for high performance and increased scalability, according to the company.

Specific product announcements related to the Total Control 2000 platform are expected later in the year.

3Com Corp., in Santa Clara, California, is at http://www.3com.com/.

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