3Com Roundup

FRAMINGHAM (03/27/2000) - In an effort to get its renewed focus on small/midsize businesses, service providers and home networking off to a good start, 3Com Corp. last week announced a slew of acquisitions, investments, alliances and new products.

For small and midsize businesses:

Alliances with Inktomi, F5 and Sonic Wall to add Web-caching, load balancing and firewall capabilities, respectively, to its SuperStack line of LAN switches.

A partnership with customer relationship management application provider Apropos Technology to integrate Version 4 of the Apropos Total Interaction Management Systems with 3Com's NBX 100 LAN Telephony system.

An alliance with Symbol Technologies to embed NBX LAN Telephony technology into Symbol's wireless phones.

An equity investment of $20 million in CAIS to create 'Net access products initially targeted at the hospitality industry.

Introduction of the Switch 4000 line of backbone switches, which support up to 54 Layer 2 and 49 Layer 3 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The switches cost $22,000 to $32,000, and will be available in July.

Introduction of the SuperStack II Switch 9100 Gigabit-over-Copper switch, which sports six 1000Base-T and two 1000Base-SX ports. The 9100 costs $5,000 and will be available in April.

For service providers:

The acquisition of CallTechnologies, a developer of unified messaging products, for $90 million.

An expanded alliance with Copper Mountain to resell its digital subscriber line access multiplexers under the 3Com Total Control 500 brand name.

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