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Dell Offers Cable, ADSL-Ready PCs

Dell Computer Corp. and 3Com Corp. are teaming up to offer high-speed, integrated modems in conjunction with an ADSL rollout planned by SBC Communications Inc. and cable Internet service offered by @Home Networks.

The companies said Thursday that the new modems are slated for availability by early next year on Dell Dimension PCs. The announcement is part of Dell's ConnectDirect initiative to customize PCs for high-speed Internet services from various U.S. telcos and cable companies.

In October, Dell said it would work with @Home Networks in developing internal cable services with high-speed PCs. In November, Dell shipped its Dimension PCs with integrated modems for high-speed Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line Internet services from U S WEST !NTERPRISE MegaBit Services.

"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. "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."

"Together, Dell and 3Com's market leadership will enable the roll-out of broadband access solutions to coincide with consumers' high demand and the availability of broadband services enabled by Internet service providers and carriers," said Rick Edson, senior vice president of new business initiatives for 3Com. "This consumer-friendly solution delivers top-of-the-line computing platforms with unparalleled communications access."

Dell to Include ADSL Modems With PCs