3Com has revamped its switching and remote access range to include the first products from its alliance with Newbridge Networks.
These will be combined with current Access Builder products in the Pathbuilder range, which will spearhead 3Com's attack on the growing market for integrated data, voice and video networks.
Among the new products is the carrier class S36170 switch for telecomms operators, Internet service providers and corporates handling significant amounts of traffic. It was co-developed with Newbridge Networks and will ship in July as the high end of the range.
Initially the focus is on ATM, although voice over frame relay and IP will be supported in forthcoming products. Below the S36170 comes the S700, a new Wan access switch that doubles the capacity of 3Com?s previous Access Builder 9600. It provides connectivity between remote or customer sites to ATM based Wans, and will be available in August.
Next step down, the S600 replaces the 9600. New features include support for voice compression and video dial. Release date is June.
At the bottom end of the scale are the S330 and the S310, which offer similar features to the S600 but for smaller sites. The S330 offers up to four 2Mbps Wan connections over ATM. Both products will also be available in June.
The company also plans to release additional low end Path Builders to support voice over frame relay and IP.
Voice compression functionality will be available in all products from August.
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