3Com Unit Dropping CMTS Gear

In addition to discontinuing its line of consumer broadband modems, 3Com
Corp. has also jettisoned the line of cable-modem-termination-system products
offered by its CommWorks subsidiary.

When 3Com announced plans to drop its consumer-broadband-modem line,
officials at the time said CommWorks would continue to operate. It will, but
some of its products won't be staying along for the ride much longer.

According to the CommWorks Web site , the final opportunity for cable
operators to place purchase orders for the company's CMTS chassis is Aug. 1. The
final shipment date will be Sept. 1, according to the site.

The site continued: 'We will, of course, continue to provide telephone and
field support, address field issues as they may arise and provide hardware
repair/replacement, all in accordance with applicable warranty and
service-contract terms.'

For the third fiscal quarter ended March 2, CommWorks' overall sales were
$76.8 million, down 18 percent from the previous quarter.

On June 7, 3Com -- which is undergoing a heavy-duty restructuring in the wake
of a soft economy -- said it would scrap its broadband-consumer-modem lines but
continue to make and market equipment that targets the commercial sector.

At the time, 3Com said the decision was spurred by
shrinking margins and a glut of vendors in the market.