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Fixed Mobile Convergence: Buzzword Or Business?

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In-Stat says business. Maybe

The benefits of seamless roaming between wireline and wireless networks is gaining steam, but many challenges remain before Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) is widely deployed, reports In-Stat (www.in-stat.com). Chief among these challenges is finding a compelling business case for most wireless carriers, who view FMC as a contra-revenue threat, the high-tech market research firm says.

"This is clearly the case in theUS, with the exception of T-Mobile, which has primarily been focused on the consumer market," says David Lemelin, In-Stat analyst. "In-Stat believes communications industry leaders will not be dissuaded by lagging felt need for FMC solutions by businesses, and will aim to develop compelling solutions that, once experienced, will lead to viral adoption over the next several years."

We’ve been hearing about fixed mobile convergence for what seems like forever, but is it really going to take off among consumers? Intuitively, it sounds like a natural progression, but in practice, it’s taking an awfully long time to get off the ground.

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