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3Com heads for SoHo

3Com is going to bring small business networking to the boil with 'oven-ready' networking products.

"To survive, most small businesses must change the way they work but many computer companies don't make it easy for them," said Sharon Studer, general manager for office solutions. "These smaller companies don't have the know-how to help themselves."

According to statistics from the Department of Trade and Industry, 90 per cent of European businesses have less than 50 staff. It is to this type of customer that 3Com will address its OfficeConnect hubs, US Robotics modems and Etherlink LAN cards, and aim to improve ease of use.