3Com Renews Deal with Birdstep Database Technology

3Com Continues Use of Birdstep RDM Embedded Database For Their NBX(R) Networked Telephony Solutions

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 1, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Birdstep Technology (OSE:BIRD) announced today that 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) will continue using Birdstep's RDM Embedded as the database in their 3Com(R) NBX(R) Networked Telephony Solutions.

"RDM Embedded has proven to be reliable and fast, while still providing the benefit of a small-footprint," said Anne Pelagatti, Director of Software Development, 3Com.

3Com enterprise voice products are based on Internet protocol (IP)-based solutions, which means that you can combine your voice and data on a single network infrastructure. This greatly simplifies your overall administration duties. Designed with non-technical staff in mind, Move-Add-Changes (MACs) are self-directing and users will not need to be supported by the IT department. A web browser and the NBX NetSet utility make administration fast and easy, from anywhere on the network. With it's own real-time operating system server, PC failures do not impact the NBX, so your phone lines stay up even if other systems fail.

About Birdstep RDM Embedded

As an embedded database, Birdstep RDM Embedded is a fast, cross-platform database that supports several real-time operating systems with C/C++, SQL and Java (JNI) interfaces. Birdstep Technology has over 20 years experience building databases designed for embedded applications, ranging from finance and manufacturing to health and telecommunications. Developers choose Birdstep Raima Database Managers for power, small-footprint, flexible feature set, cross platform support and compliance with industry standards.

About Birdstep Technology

Birdstep Technology was founded in Oslo, Norway in 1996 and is traded on the Norwegian OTC market under ticker "BIRD". The company has approximately 80 employees in Oslo and Seattle. Birdstep's small footprint, high performance database technologies combined with its wireless roaming and access software enables companies to build innovative solutions for embedded systems and the Mobile Internet. Birdstep makes your information accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device and on any infrastructure. For more information, visit www.birdstep.com.

Birdstep Safe Harbor

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those associated with unpredictability and volatility of the price of Birdstep Technology's Common Stock, the performance of and conditions in the Norwegian and world financial markets, the policies and actions of the Norwegian and other governments, and the general political, economic and business conditions in Norway and elsewhere. Actual results could differ materially, as a result of such factors, from those set forth in forward-looking statements.

3Com and NBX are registered trademarks of 3Com Corporation.


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