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ÖBB (Austrian Railways) Optimally Networked with 3Com


Leading network vendor 3Com wins tender

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) has won a public tender to provide the ÖBB Group with networking technology for the future. The ÖBB Group is Austria’s largest rail carrier with 1,500 locations, 42,000 employees and a turnover of 5.8 billion euros. In the next two years, the Group will renew two thirds of its LANs in order to be prepared for future technologies. In doing so, ÖBB will move company-wide to the modular enterprise 3Com® Switch 5500 in its main locations and 3Com OfficeConnect® managed switches and IntelliJack® switches in the smaller locations.

ÖBB has already laid the foundation for a fail-safe, scalable network infrastructure by installing an IP network across all its sites over the last 15 years. Since then, the communications infrastructure has been regularly upgraded with 3Com products to ensure full support for ÖBB’s innovative business strategy. The ÖBB Group was the first company to provide services such as cable-based and wireless Internet access, office and B2B communications for passenger transport and courier services. Remotely controlled signaling also runs over the 3Com network to ensure the secure operation of trains and passenger information systems.

ÖBB’s positive experience of the scalability and the cross-generational compatibility of 3Com devices was a decisive factor in choosing 3Com again for the new network. As well as a very good price/performance ratio and easy network management, it was critical that the solution accommodated the latest technology trends and was based on open standards.

“The ÖBB Group now has a sustainable infrastructure for its LAN strategy,” said Ron Sege, president and COO, 3Com. “In addition, the network is designed to significantly reduce operational costs and significantly increase the performance of the network.”

About 3Com Corporation

3Com Corporation is a $1.3 billion global enterprise networking solutions provider that sets a new price/performance standard for customers. 3Com has three global brands — H3C, 3Com, and TippingPoint — that offer high-performance networking and security solutions to enterprises large and small. The H3C enterprise networking portfolio — a market leader in China — includes innovative products that span from the data center to the edge of the network, while TippingPoint network-based intrusion prevention systems and network access control solutions deliver in-depth, no-compromise application, infrastructure and performance protection.

About ÖBB

The ÖBB-Group in Austria provides a comprehensive mobility service for the environmentally friendly transportation of people and goods. With approximately 42,000 employees and total revenues of 5.8 billion euros, the ÖBB Group is an economic driving force in the country. In 2008, ÖBB transported 456 million passengers and 98.5 million tonnes of goods.


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