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February 07, 2005 11:04 ET

3Com and Research In Motion to Deliver Wireless LAN Mobilty Solutions for the Enterprise






FEBRUARY 7, 2005 - 11:04 ET

3Com and Research In Motion to Deliver Wireless LAN
Mobilty Solutions for the Enterprise

Addresses the Mobility Needs of Enterprise "Campus Warriors" by
Integrating SIP Standard-based IP Communications Suite, Wireless LAN
Switch and BlackBerry

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 7, 2005) - VoiceCon 2005 - 3Com
Corporation (NASDAQ:COMS) and Research In Motion (RIM)(NASDAQ:RIMM)
(TSX:RIM) today announced that the companies are working
together to deliver a new wave of mobility in enterprise
communications. By combining 3Com's Internet Protocol (IP)-private
branch exchange (PBX) and wireless local area network (WLAN) switch
with RIM's BlackBerry® wireless solution for WLAN networks, the
companies plan to offer a rich set of voice and data applications to
on-campus enterprise users.

The joint 3Com - RIM WLAN solution will provide corporate and government
organizations with the flexibility of a session initiation protocol
(SIP)-based BlackBerry handheld that is tied into their existing PBX
telephony. The solution will enable on-campus employees to use always-on
BlackBerry applications such as email, VoIP, browser and organizer in
conjunction with the BlackBerry platform's unique connectivity features
including push-based services, advanced security and back-end

The 3Com - RIM alliance demonstrates the power of standards by
integrating advanced SIP standard-based products. Together, the 3Com®
Convergence Applications Suite and the 802.11b-based BlackBerry 7270
deliver a unique mobility solution. The 3Com wireless local area network
(LAN) switch and RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ enhance security
and facilitate faster hand-offs, ensuring quality of service.

"The 3Com and Research In Motion alliance is another signal that there
is a growing need to address the mobility requirements of on-premise
workers or 'campus warriors' inside an enterprise," said Zeus Kerravala,
vice president of enterprise infrastructure for The Yankee Group.
"Instant access to your voice and data communications from one device
has gone from a 'nice to have' to a 'must have' and it has become
incumbent for enterprises who want their associates to be productive to
find ways to use this type of technology moving forward."

"Leveraging both companies' respective strengths, the 3Com-Research In
Motion alliance enables businesses to deploy standards-based,
world-class IP telephony and wireless solutions in order to provide
their campus employees with seamless access to time-sensitive
information," said Dave Hattey, 3Com vice president and general manager,
enterprise solutions. "Companies today are under enormous pressure to
lower costs and increase organizational effectiveness. One of the most
cost effective ways to do this is through our SIP standards-based
converged communications suite integrated with RIM's enterprise-mobility
communications solutions."

"The BlackBerry 7270 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server solution for WLAN
networks and 3Com's IP telephony network and WLAN switch will extend the
BlackBerry experience to a new category of enterprise users in corporate
and government organizations," said Larry Conlee, COO at Research In
Motion. "The benefits of always-on connectivity will become available to
on-campus employees through a cost-effective solution that can enhance
communications, collaboration and workflow."

Benefits of a 3Com-RIM IP Mobility Solution

The 3Com-RIM IP mobility solution is being designed to enhance user
productivity for employees at headquarters, branch office locations and
home offices and increase the overall organizational effectiveness of
the enterprise.

The benefits to enterprises are:

- Open standards and architecture. The 3Com IP Mobility module is based
on SIP, which significantly reduces the cost of owning a reliable,
customizable next generation IP communications platform that enables
employees to work more freely and productively. 3Com's new wireless
switch conforms to IEEE 802.11 standards and the BlackBerry 7270 is
based on IEEE 802.11 standards for wireless and SIP for telephony
application. The BlackBerry platform also supports open industry
standards such as Java;

- Low cost of ownership. The 3Com IP Mobility module supports a variety
of investment and deployment strategies, including traditional PBX
preservation or replacement, and use of standard computing platforms;

- Increase user productivity. The 3Com IP Mobility module allows "Campus
Warrior" associates to have greater access to their voice and data
communications resulting in improved productivity gains and higher
organizational effectiveness; and

- Increased wireless security. The BlackBerry platform sets the standard
for secure wireless data access with its advanced security architecture
and support for Triple DES, AES and S/MIME. Intelligent Wi-Fi® also
helps communication using AAA servers reduce network bandwidth stress
and allows for security profiling by user and group. Rogue detection and
isolation also help ensure only authorized users access the network.

3Com's commitment to deliver innovative, practical and high-value voice
and data networking products and solutions for enterprises of all sizes
continues with the 3Com-RIM IP Mobility Solution. The solution is
comprised of a 3Com VCX™ Gateway, 3Com Wireless LAN Mobility System,
and Blackberry 7270 handhelds.

About 3Com IP Telephony

3Com has been a major contributor to the convergence industry since the
introduction in 1998 of the world's first IP-PBX, the 3Com® NBX®
system. The company developed an architecture for a distributed
softswitch for AT&T and brought the first commercially deployed carrier
softswitch to market in 1999. The 3Com® VCX™ IP Telephony module
was first introduced in 2003 for large enterprises. Today, the company
combines these products under the 3Com Convergence Applications Suite,
which includes IP Telephony, IP Messaging, IP Conferencing and IP
Contact Center capabilities. For further information, please visit

About 3Com Corporation

3Com 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.
When customers exercise choice, their choice is 3Com. For further
information, please visit, or the press site

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of
innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications
market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and
services that support multiple wireless network standards, Research In
Motion provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to
time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging,
Internet and intranet-based applications. Research In Motion technology
also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers
to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to
data. Research In Motion's portfolio of award-winning products, services
and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around
the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the Research
In Motion Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development
tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded
in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Research In Motion operates
offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Research In Motion is
listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit or

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