Dell Offers Cable, ADSL-Ready PCs
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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."