February 6, 1998 1:22 PM EST NOTE: The following news release replaces and corrects the previous 3Com news release which ran earlier Friday on Business Wire, BW0025, (3COM). SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 1998--In a move to ensure interoperability and universal compatibility throughout the 56K(a) modem industry, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ:COMS) announced today the V.pcm Interoperability Testing Program. To date, 3Com and Lucent have been conducting interoperability testing. This program is designed to extend that testing to any other manufacturers. Under this program, 3Com will provide access to servers so that client modem developers may dial in for testing. 3Com will reciprocate by calling other manufacturers' servers. In addition, 3Com will provide client modems and technical assistance to those modem developers who need them. "By making interoperability testing openly available to all modem vendors, we hope to accelerate true compatibility across the industry," said Dale Walsh, vice president of advanced development for 3Com. "We have designed our client and head-end 56K products to be compliant with the new 56K standard. And to the extent that others in the market are compliant with that standard, we will interoperate." With the February 5, 1998 determination of a 56K international modem standard, various modem vendors will be implementing the standard. Modem vendors can achieve compatibility by properly going through the initialization "handshake," making a connection, and passing data. "3Com is a critical player, given their strong market position, so it is great to see them continuing their commitment to 56K standard-compliant products. Bay Networks has already implemented x2 and K56flex technology in its Adapteon(TM) product line, and will have its V.pcm-compliant software upgrade available soon. We are excited to work with 3Com and other parties on 56K standard interoperability," said Jon Sieg, general manager of Bay Networks' Signal Processing Group. "Interoperability testing between different 56K technology implementations is critical to improving the health of the modem and remote access industries," said Lisa Pelgrim, senior analyst for Dataquest. "Quickly and carefully executed interoperability testing will ultimately allow modem users to enjoy the benefits of universal compatibility, which will infuse life into demand for modems." At the December, 1997 ITU meetings conducted in Orlando, various industry-leading modem manufacturers agreed to test the interworking of their V.pcm implementation. 3Com's Interoperability Testing Program is in the spirit of that agreement. Modem vendors interested in participating in 3Com's Interoperability Testing Program must first register via the World Wide Web at http://totalservice.usr.com/interop. Once registration is complete, the modem vendor participant will receive the dial-in number and password to connect and test with 3Com's 56K standard-compliant server. The server is only available to those dialed in and is not available via the Internet. About 3Com Corp. 3Com Corp. enables individuals and organizations worldwide to communicate and share information and resources at any time from anywhere. As one of the world's preeminent suppliers of data, voice and video communications technology, 3Com has delivered networking solutions to more than 100 million customers worldwide. The company provides enterprises, network service providers and carriers, small businesses and consumers with comprehensive, innovative information access products and system solutions for building intelligent, reliable and high performance local and wide area networks. For further information, visit 3Com's Web site at www.3com.com, or 3Com's new 56K Web site at www.3com.com/56k. © Business Wire. All rights reserved.