Sunday, January 28, 2007

Another FMC offering

Sprint Nextel will launch Wireless Integration Service:

This service, in essence, can provide an enterprise user with access to all of their relevant desktop features on their cell phone as if they were in the office. Initially running over an Avaya Communications Manager PBX system, Sprint Nextel’s Wireless Integration service extends that platforms Extension to Cellular capabilities to mobile phones. [from Telecom mag]

Embarq announced their FMC (Fixed-Mobile Convergence) a couple of months ago.

NewStep Networks Inc., the market and technology leader in convergence solutions for carriers and enterprises, today announced that Embarq is rolling out seamless converged wireless and wireline services in six markets using the NewStep Converged Services Node (CSN) product. Embarq™ Smart Connect, which is based on NewStep-specific technology, gives users the ability to transparently move calls between wireless, Wi-Fi and wireline networks, thereby increasing Embarq’s customer satisfaction, reducing churn and creating tremendous opportunity for the service provider. [from Light Reading]

Embarq's offering gives the small biz owner “the ability to move a call from your wireless network to your office network, and vice versa, can reduce the amount of more expensive wireless minutes you use while in the office." [exchange mag]. But the first to roll out FMC was CBEYOND when it launched BeyondMobile last January - "a mobile voice and data offering, making it the first communications provider to offer a complete bundle of communications services targeted specifically to small businesses." [Light Reading].

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