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3Com Launches the 3Com Open Network Technology Partner Program.

Global Program Provides Technology Providers, Consultants and Systems Integrators Unique Support and Opportunities to Collaborate with 3Com to Deliver Solutions that Expand Market Reach and Increase Customer Value

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- 3Com Corporation today unveiled a new global technology partner program specifically designed to build and support a wide-array of third-party relationships with best-of-breed independent software and hardware vendors, systems integrators, service providers, consultants and the open source community. Called the 3Com[R] Open Network[TM] (3Com|ON[TM]), the program creates unique opportunities for members to expand their market reach by developing solutions or practices that add value to 3Com's Open Services Networking (3Com OSN), IP telephony and security platforms. Together, 3Com and its partners will create new services and solutions that help customers manage, control and enhance their communications network infrastructure.

"As business requirements evolve and technology opens new market opportunities, organizations need the ability to choose applications that can be fully integrated into the secure, converged network to enhance performance, visibility and control," said Anna Dorcey, vice president, 3Com Technology Partner Programs. "Through a collaborative, open approach, the 3Com|ON actively engages leading technology providers that offer products and services which complement the 3Com product portfolio, and when paired together, interoperate and enhance each other's business to create customer value."

3Com|ON is designed to provide technology providers with a wealth of resources and support programs that facilitate the development and interoperability of their products and solutions with 3Com's technologies. 3Com|ON is the innovative engine that creates an ecosystem around 3Com OSN as well as the company's IP telephony and security platforms, providing tools and incentives to help members succeed. 3Com|ON furthers 3Com's unique approach and vision for open, interoperable solutions, best-of-breed innovation and use of open source applications to provide the customer with differentiated solutions to help manage their business.

"Vericept is extremely excited to be one of the first OSN solutions in the 3Com Open Network Program," said Dave Parkinson, president and CEO of Vericept Corporation. "Vericept's 360 degree Risk Management Platform is the only content monitoring and control solution that enables organizations to gain complete visibility into all insider risk and controls violations before they occur. Through integration with OSN, users have seamless access to the data and content network flow, which enables effective and complete mitigation of insider risks."

Some of the benefits 3Com|ON members receive include:

* Robust development tools needed for solution providers to create the next generation of applications that customers demand and business partners want to sell;

* State of the art labs to conduct comprehensive product testing that will provide members with 3Com validation of product interoperability;

* Company and solution directory listing on the new 3Com|ON website, complete with valid and comprehensive information about members' solutions;

* Greater visibility into 3Com's product strategy and roadmap through various events and information-sharing activities where members can collaborate with 3Com's product teams;

* Global marketing, business development and technical support that can assist members in finding new business opportunities, differentiating their solutions or services, and offering greater value to customers; and

* Visibility and access to 3Com's resellers through integration of the 3Com|ON Program with the 3Com Focus Reseller Program. The two programs are committed to working closely together to help 3Com|ON members and 3Com Focus resellers connect, sell solutions and ultimately serve customer needs.

"SchoolMessenger is the leading provider of parent notification solutions connecting educators with millions of parents every day. Our relationship with 3Com's Open Network Program formalizes both companies' commitment to provide education customers with solid and seamless parent notification solutions which today's schools trust for delivering announcements and time-sensitive emergency communications," said Julie Abbott, VP of Sales and Regional Operations at SchoolMessenger. "By interoperating with 3Com's IP telephony platforms, educators can leverage their 3Com investment to more efficiently improve parent involvement and raise academic achievement."

3Com Open Network membership is available to any company. The program also features Premium and Optimum levels for members, depending on their degree of need for collaboration and interoperability with 3Com's solutions. Organizations that are interested in joining the 3Com|ON Program are invited to learn more or apply for membership at www.open.3Com.com.

About 3Com Corporation

3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. Through its TippingPoint division, 3Com is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth application protection, infrastructure protection, and performance protection. 3Com also is the majority owner of Huawei-3Com Co., Ltd. (H3C). On November 28, 2006, 3Com announced that the company reached an agreement to acquire Huawei's remaining 49 percent stake and take full ownership, pending customary approvals. H3C brings innovative and cost-effective product development and manufacturing and a strong footprint in one of the world's most dynamic markets. For further information, please visit www.3com.com, or the press site www.3com.com/pressbox.

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