3Com challenges Cisco to router duel

3Com pdate is turning up the heat in the enterprise routing rival Cisco Systems.

On Monday, the company announced two new series of routers, low-cost access are designed to be substitutes or alternatives to the routers sold by Cisco. The company claims that these routers will cost 30 percent to 50 percent less than similar offerings from market leader Cisco.

3Com’s product news comes just as Cisco prepares to announce its own set of access routers. The Tuesday, Cisco is expected to reveal details of its new 1800 2800 and 3800 wide area network access routers, which will include integrated security tools and support for voice over Internet protocol.

Cisco has long dominated the enterprise router market, with more than 90 percent of the market, but competitors such as 3Com and Juniper Networks could pose a threat to the domination of the company.

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