Fixed-Mobile Convergence: An End To Confusion And Commoditization?

Bellman, Bob
July 2005
Business Communications Review;Jul2005, Vol. 35 Issue 7, p52
Trade Publication
The article reports that fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) promises an end to confusion and to commoditization. If the FMC vision pans out, everybody's phones will access the same voice, data and video services. A person will control the services from a graphical user interface on his computer or her mobile handset. He will have one voice mail, one phone bill and one feature set. He might even have one handset that goes everywhere and does everything. At the same time, service providers will have a new set of network-based capabilities that fight off commoditization and pave the way to reduced operating cost. Nearly everyone agrees that in the long-term. FMC will be based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). IMS was conceived by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the standards organization for GSM cellular technology, as a defense against commoditization. By enabling a new generation of IP-based multimedia services, IMS is meant to build lasting, revenue-generating value into the carrier infrastructure.


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