Wednesday, February 07, 2007

FMC Studies Roaring In has 3 FMC (fixed-mobile convergence) items:
  1. Azaire Networks has introduced IP-CNP, an IMS/SIP-VCC based FMC solution that supports the delivery of voice and SIP applications across WiFi and cellular networks. The IP-CNP is driven by an IMS application server, known as the SCN-VCC 5000, which enables the seamless switch-off of services between network infrastructures. Security for the IP-CNP is based on 3GPP IWLAN, which specifies use of more initials such as EAP-SIM/EAP-AKA and IPsec/IKEv2. It also provides access to existing and new mobile packet mode services. VCC enables the handoff between WLAN packet access and macro circuit switched cellular networks.
  2. iLocus has released "The Impact of FMC on World Telecommunications Markets," a detailed study of the FMC market that covers market drivers, inhibitors, trends, stats and projections, vendor profiles, select market profiles by country, cases studies, and a discussion of specific business opportunities for both fixed operators and cellular providers. The firm finds that U.S. cellular operates will lose $3.3 billion a year by 2011 due to FMC and to thwart the influence, cell providers would need to maintain a 61% market share in FMC-based services. The magnitude of the impact is measured by several factors such as the projection of WiFi access spot penetration, FMC market share, and the calling patterns of cell phone subscribers in a given country. iLocus estimates FMC subscriptions to be approximately 436,000 at the end of 2006. Alcatel is recognized as the leading vendor for the market both in UMA and VCC/pre-IMS deployments. Globally, there are more than 250 FMC trials being conducted.
  3. Light Reading has released market studies on VoIM and on FMC.
  • "Voice over IM: The Next VoIP Disrupter," analyzes the emergence of VoIM. Companies covered in the study include AOL, Apple, Cerulean, EarthLink, Google, ICQ, IMVU, Jabber, Meebo, Microsoft, Paltalk, SIPphone, Skype, Talkster, VoxLib and Yahoo.
  • "3G Home Base Stations: Femto Cells and FMC for the Masses" identifies market opportunities for femto cell technology and analyzes the product strategies and roadmaps of nearly 20 providers of home base stations. Companies profiled in the report include Airvana, AirWalk, Alcatel-Lucent, Andrew, Ericsson, ip.access, Motorola, NEC, Nokia-Siemens, PicoChip, RadioFrame, Samsung, and Ubiquisys.

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