Dell, 3Com Deliver PCs with Integrated Modems

Dell Computer Corp. and 3Com Corp. (www.3com.com) plan to deliver computers with high-speed, integrated modems compatible with digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable modem technologies.

The high-speed Internet modems are expected to be available early next year on Dell Dimension PCs, marking the latest development in Dell's ConnectDirect initiative to customize PCs for high-speed Internet services from leading U.S. telephone and cable companies.

In October Dell announced an initiative for internal cable services with high-speed PCs. Dimension PCs were shipped in November with integrated modems for ADSL Internet services by U.S. West Advanced Technologies (www.uswest.com).

"By working directly with 3Com, leading Internet service providers and their customers, Dell is customizing PCs to match high-speed Internet services that are available today," said Carl Everett, senior vice president of Dell Computer. "As we integrate fast PCs and fast Internet services, either through cable or DSL technology, the Internet becomes a fast, more robust experience for consumers and small businesses."