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3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced it has won a three-year, multi-million dollar contract with the Department of Education and Training (DET) in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT). 3Com will provide a broad range of high-value H3C® enterprise networking solutions to fulfill DET NT’s wireless and networking needs for unified communications and multimedia learning. The network upgrade is part of DET NT’s ongoing initiative to create an infrastructure that delivers robust performance, efficiency and cost-savings for 187 schools across the territory. The deployment will improve control and service delivery to 43,000 students and 5,000 staff spread across the NT. 3Com secured the contract based on its long track record of success in similar deployments in the education sector, and its ability to provide customers reliable and advanced networking solutions that also offer unmatched price-for-performance benefits compared to competitive solutions. “3Com has gained a reputation among education and government institutions for offering the most high-performing, resilient and secure networking infrastructures in the business at the best possible value. Our latest success with DET NT adds to the strong business traction we are seeing in Australia and highlights the compelling price-performance advantage we hold over competitors,” said Angela Hughes, country manager for 3Com Australia and New Zealand. 3Com will supply its core-to-edge H3C® switching and wireless infrastructure to DET NT. 3Com’s new infrastructure will enhance communications through unified communications, multimedia learning and high-speed wireless access from anywhere on campus. Additionally, the project will include maintenance for each of the schools and training for staff at four key NT locations, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Darwin. The 3Com H3C enterprise networking solutions deployed by DET NT include: