3Com, Symbol Team on Wireless LAN Telephony

LONDON (03/22/2000) - 3Com Corp. and Symbol Technologies Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop wireless telephony products for use in corporate local area networks.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies plan to integrate 3Com's communications system technology with Symbol's NetVision wireless mobile communications devices, according to a joint statement issued yesterday.

3Com's NBX 100 Communications System will be used to add multi-line capabilities to Symbol's handheld devices that are compliant with the IEEE 802.11 specification for wireless networking, the companies said.

The goal is to give business customers wireless Ethernet phones with the same integrated features that users would expect from a fixed-line business phone, 3Com and Symbol said.

The first products resulting from the cooperation are expected to become available in the second half of this year, the companies said.

Just last week, Symbol executives announced that the first wireless LAN products from an agreement with chip giant Intel Corp. are scheduled to be launched by the first half of next year. [See "Intel, Symbol Ready Wireless LAN Products for 2001," March 20.]Symbol Technologies, in Holtsville, New York, can be reached at +1-631-738-2400, or via the Web at http://www.symbol.com/. 3Com, in Santa Clara, California, is at +1-408-764-5000, or at http://www.3com.com.

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