January 20, 1998 1:00 PM EST BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 20, 1998-- Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) and 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ:COMS) today announced that they will conduct joint interoperability testing of their 56-kilobits-per-second (Kbps)(1) industry-standard modems and modem chip sets. The collaboration will ensure compatibility between the two companies' modem products using an emerging industry standard referred to as V.pcm. An International Telecommunications Union (ITU) committee began working in April 1997 to develop a standard for "pulse code modulation" (PCM) modems -- the fastest analog modems available today. On December 4, 1997 the ITU working group agreed to a compromise on key technical issues referred to as V.pcm. The forthcoming standard, comprised of an equitable mix of K56flex and x2 technology, will be determined at a plenary meeting of the ITU Study Group 16 in Geneva, Switzerland February 5-6. Both 3Com and Lucent expect to have interoperable products on the market shortly after that ITU meeting, as well as software upgrades to make existing K56flex(TM) and x2(TM) modems compliant with the soon-to-be-released standard. "Interoperability testing is one of the first steps toward ensuring compatibility," said Dale Walsh, senior vice president of advanced development at 3Com. "Our goal is to provide Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and end-users with universally compatible 56K service as soon as possible. This is a significant win for consumers because we will be able to deliver interoperable standards-based products to the market much faster. We commend Lucent for its support of the ITU compromise reached earlier this month and look forward to working with them." "3Com and Lucent are striving to have standards-compliant products on the market as quickly as possible, and to upgrade the Lucent K56flex and 3Com x2 client and server modems already in use with V.pcm software," said Bob Rango, general manager of modem integrated circuits for Lucent's Microelectronics Group. "We expect other vendors will join this effort when they have standard-based products to test." About Lucent Technologies Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronics components. Bell Labs is the research and development arm for the company. Lucent's Microelectronics Group designs and manufactures integrated circuits and optoelectronic components for the computer and communications industries. More information about Lucent's high-speed modem technology can be found on the Microelectronics Group's web site at www.lucent.com/micro/K56flex and at www.k56flex.com. More general information about the Microelectronics Group is available from its web site at www.lucent.com/micro. About 3Com Corporation 3Com Corporation 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.
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