3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US

Yesterday, 3Com Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS) introduced the first product to be sold in the United States as part of its OEM agreement with Chinese manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (see 3Com's First Huawei Gear Hits the US).

The two companies announced a joint venture in March, in which they agreed to develop products for the enterprise switching and routing market, but until new products are ready, 3Com will be reselling existing Huawei products (see 3Com Taps Huawei in Enterprise Battle). Yesterday at the CeBit trade show in New York, 3Com announced the Switch 7700, a Huawei product being sold under the 3Com label. Huawei has already been shipping the Layer 3 core LAN switch for the past several months outside the U.S., says Nick Hallwood, director of enterprise business for 3Com.

Mark Michael, general counsel for 3Com, says that the 7700 switch will not be affected by a preliminary injunction handed down last week from a District Court in Texas, where Huawei has been defending itself against a patent and copyright infringement lawsuit Cisco filed against it in January (see Cisco/Huawei Brawl Begins). Last week, a Texas judge partially granted Cisco’s request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Huawei from selling certain of its products in the United States (see Cisco Wins Huawei Injunction).

Michael says the 7700 is not part of the product group that Cisco alleges is infringing on its patents. He says that those products were actually removed from the market before Cisco even filed its lawsuit (see Huawei: Cisco Code Is Gone).

3Com’s product announcement further explains the timing of another court filing from last week. After the limited preliminary injunction was ordered, 3Com filed a motion for the court to intervene in the litigation, asking the court to clear the way for it to deliver products through its 3Com-Huawei joint venture (see Huawei: Cisco Code Is Gone).

— Marguerite Reardon, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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H_ngm_N 12/4/2012 | 11:53:11 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US Does anybody really care ?

After the tarnished image of Huawei, and the previous 3Com exit from enterprise switching/routing to'refocus' on the low end SOHO/home marketplace, is anybody lining up to ditch their Cisco/Foundry/et al gear in favor of either of these two companies ?

belas_knap 12/4/2012 | 11:53:10 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US SO, forgive me for being a little "cynical" here, but this box looks *remarkably* similar (in appearance as well) to the Huawei 6506 Quidway Switch - except it's now black & grey instead of blue & grey.It also seems that the performance figures & the footprint/densities on the 3COM website (http://www.3com.com/products/e...

are also identical to the 6506 - although these do conflict the other figures of the 7700 released at the product launch. I'm sure this is just a bizarre co-incidence or a datasheet mistake, but I'd be interested in other opinions.... at least the instruction manual should now be legible.
wilecoyote 12/4/2012 | 11:53:07 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US So now that they can't run IOS, what are they going to do? Don't tell me they turned out their own stack in three months.

I smell a rat.

Freakin' Hauwei. Only 3Com would be stupid enough to partner with those guys.

Their stuff sucks but at least they're crooks.
st0 12/4/2012 | 11:53:05 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US "Does anybody really care?"
someone better do! Remember the clone of IBM PC actually take over IBM PC. When you are the number one, you must worry about the catch up guy.... the product is usually based on the modified reverse engineering version = lower cost, possibly better, fast develop cycle (get caught on copying code for examle). But still could be very strong competitor. To face and admit the competitor is wise, ignor them is silly...very silly. If you are from cisco, someone better lost some sleep now, rather than get some high blood pressure later....

my 2 cents.

optical_man 12/4/2012 | 11:53:04 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US 3Com just announced 10% layoff.

Guess you don't need a full staff if you are just a VAR for Chinese networking equipment.

What are the margins on VAR resale gear? 2%-4%.

Good luck CDW..oops, I mean 3Com.
whyiswhy 12/4/2012 | 11:53:00 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US Don't you mean:

Huawei and 3Com Switch in US Launch?


d09811 12/4/2012 | 11:52:54 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US
Be equitable, please, then getting respect from other people around you.

Every people or every company from every country is doing its best to making progress in every field of technology. So technologies of US company are not always the best and that of rest of the World are not always worse. Everything is changing all the time.

Lawsuit between Cisco and Huawei has not reached its end till now. So do not make your sense of judgement influenced so much.

Do not live just in dreams.
poynting vector 12/4/2012 | 11:52:52 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US Be equitable? Please. Huawei got caught red handed. Since it is obviously not beneath corporate culture there to borrow (steal) technology, it is only natural to believe that anything else that looks 'borrowed' is. Where was their sense of equity and fairness when they were ripping off other companies technology? I can't work up too many tears for anything bad that happens to Huawei.

Sounds like a nice place for a vacation - but not a good company.
whyiswhy 12/4/2012 | 11:52:50 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US IBM PC hardware based on open standards, and copyrighted operating system. MSFT got rich, not IBM. All companies learn much from that doing. All companies learn do steal software is idea. Reason is Huawei cheat big time. Huawei get US idiot company to be co-criminal. Proves stupidity and criminal behavior in business is not based on nationality.
BerkeleyWolf 12/4/2012 | 11:52:49 PM
re: 3Com & Huawei Launch Switch in US A good place for vacation? You dream it !

If you haven't visited Huawei, I recommend you to visit it in your next vacation. Huawei has 20,000 Engineers and all of them work crazily. Everyday.

Can not image how people work 14 hours a day and study very happily? Go to Huawei !
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