3Com Announces Plans to Buy Call Technologies

WASHINGTON (03/21/2000) - 3Com Corp. today announced plans to buy the Reston, Virginia-based company Call Technologies Inc. in a move aimed at spurring faster delivery of 3Com's CommWorks architecture.

3Com announced CommWorks in September, focusing on Internet Protocol (IP) telephony, saying it planned to expand the architecture to allow service providers to deliver remote access, IP telephony, wireless data and cable access over a single converged network.

At ComNet in January, 3Com rolled out the first set of CommWorks service offerings [See "COMNET: 3Com Expands Convergence Strategy," January 25] and said the first phase of the CommWorks Enhanced Services would be available in April. Future phases of the CommWorks will enable universal messaging, Web-based call centers, directory services and voice VPN services.

3Com also said today that it would team with Copper Mountain Networks Inc. and add DSL (digital subscriber line) concentrators to the CommWorks architecture.

A conference call featuring Irfan Ali, senior vice president and general manager of 3Com's carrier systems division, and Jack Havas, chief executive officer of Call Technologies, is scheduled to take place today at 12:30 p.m.

Eastern Standard Time.

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

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