3Com adopts LAN telephony strategy for large enterprises

Networking supplier 3Com has announced a plan to scale its LAN telephony platform to support larger enterprises, after unveiling a broad strategy extending voice capabilities across its portfolio of data networking products.

Archie Wilson, 3Com's managing director, told Computerworld the vendor was carefully considering its strategy in the telephony area.

"That's why our channel to market is important," he said. "We are choosing partners that know the area."

3Com plans to extend its network-based exchange (NBX) technology -- an Ethernet-based integrated voice and data network -- and applications to its workgroup and core network switches to support thousands of users in multiple locations.

Wilson said the NBX system is designed to replace PBX technology. It lets users integrate data and voice capabilities, enabling a variety of functions such as converting voice messages to e-mail.

NBX capabilities will be added to 3Com's large-enterprise CoreBuilder 9000 data centre switches by January 2001.

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