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3Com At A Glance

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3Com has had a major impact on computer networking since the creation of Ethernet in 1979 with over 1,300 issued U.S. patents and more than 300 pending U.S. patent applications to date. A leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions that reduce network complexity and cost for businesses of all sizes, 3Com has an annual revenue of $651 million (FY05 year ended June 3, 2005) and a total of 1,500 employees (FY06) in over 41 countries.

In today’s enterprises, IT departments are tasked with consolidating their resources to enhance return on investment and with lowering system management and administrative expenses to reduce total cost of ownership. To achieve these business goals, they must have the right tools and the freedom of interoperable systems, rather than the limitations of proprietary technology. That is why networking professionals are turning to the innovative, intelligent and cost-effective networking solutions offered by 3Com.

3Com® solutions offer businesses integrated secure, converged network solutions. These include wireless access products, standalone and stackable switches, powerful core switches, interoperability-tested routers, standards-based convergence applications and IP phones. 3Com’s proven, broad-based product portfolio of secure, edge-to-core networking solutions provides superior business value by changing the cost-to-acquire, -own and -operate equation—leveraging industry standards and bringing to market best-of-breed solutions with trustworthy, world-class strategic partners, deep distribution channels and superb global sales, service and support.

3Com is strengthening the foundation of corporate networks with innovative new products that push “intelligence”—usually reserved for the network “core”—to the network edge. A division of 3Com, TippingPoint, introduced the first Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) in 2002 and is the recognized leader in this field, delivering in-depth application, infrastructure and performance protection. The 3Com TippingPoint™ IPS safeguards even the network’s most active mobile users, stopping viruses, worms, Trojan horses and spyware before they get into the network. Unlike legacy methods of security detection that let the first incident happen, the IPS identifies, prevents or quarantines the problem before it infects the rest of the network—all in real time. This next-generation approach offers customers unmatched network-based security with unrivaled economics, ultra-high reliability, performance and scalability.

3Com has been changing the way businesses speak since it brought the first IP-PBX to market in 1998. Now, 3Com delivers advanced convergence solutions designed for easy implementation in new or existing infrastructures. The IP phones, applications and platforms that comprise the 3Com Convergence Applications Suite let small to mid-sized businesses and large distributed global enterprises benefit from productivity-enhancing applications and cost-effective, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based Voice over IP services. 3Com VCX™ and NBX® IP telephony platforms help businesses thrive with global calling plans, call recording, unified voice mail and media-rich conferencing. Voice routing intelligence allows call-flow decisions to be made at local or global locations, based on real-time voice-traffic requirements, so that service level configuration, availability, and cost can match business needs. And for efficient wired and wireless connectivity, regardless of location, the award-winning 3Com Convergence Center Client provides a user-friendly interface that can support desktop video conferencing and secure presence (with Instant Messenger), as well as audio conferencing and file sharing.

3Com believes today’s business networks must be both powerful and flexible. Standards-based networking architecture lets organizations pick and choose components that match their business strategies and budgets. A rich choice of 3Com network platforms, purpose-built for converged environments, offers resilient backbones, edge aggregation, workgroup connectivity and branch office services. Switching solutions range from advanced modular core switches with up to terabit speed and multilayer traffic prioritization capabilities to stackable switches that combine flexibility with affordability. Based on the latest Wi-Fi standards and security measures, 3Com wireless routers, access points, controllers, and bridges give organizations the agility to cost-effectively grow and support their mobile workforces. Robust 3Com routers can be deployed in a variety of mixed-vendor networks; they’ve been independently proven to interoperate with Cisco routers. And the 3Com Enterprise Management Suite (EMS) is so powerful that multiple network managers in heterogeneous enterprise networks can simultaneously and efficiently perform key management and administrative tasks in converged network environments.

3Com’s ongoing commitment to service excellence is demonstrated by an expanding support infrastructure and seasoned professional service engineers adept at integrating security, voice and data across multivendor networks. 3Com Global Services provides a single point of accountability for outstanding service performance and quality.

3Com markets its solutions through a comprehensive, worldwide distribution system, featuring an award-winning partner program. Using a two-tier channel model, 3Com provides its partners with both significant support and a range of options for increasing revenue and market share. Business relationships with systems integrators and service providers—including EDS, BT, IBM, Phillips and Siemens—complement the channel base, and are able to facilitate the most complex large enterprise implementations.

Huawei-3Com Co. Ltd., a division of 3Com, began operations in November 2003 in Hangzhou, China, with a focus on delivering enterprise networking solutions to China and Japan. Huawei-3Com sells its own products as well as 3Com products, strengthening 3Com’s position in the world’s largest growth markets. Huawei-3Com significantly expands the company’s product portfolio for large enterprises and triples 3Com R&D facilities.