Greene and Barbara
FMC – Is it schizophrenic?
Capital Expense constraints have forced
service providers to be more deliberate
in prioritizing their spending. This
is a reality we have all come to know
over the past few years. Today, there
are two major, and separate, spending
campaigns, building two coexisting, yet
These investments are succeeding in
providing more termination points with
more transmission capacity. Yet these
two networks compete – first for
development capital, and once in place,
for customer use. Nevertheless, all over
the world, Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC)
programs are grabbing the headlines,
with Service Providers publicly announcing
their intention to move in this direction.
Can the build outs of today’s isolated
networks be integrated via some form
of coherent planning? Are current product
introduction programs sufficient to yield
some synergy from these separate investments?
Will the mergers and acquisitions that
bring wired and wireless service providers
together be the catalyst for successful
convergence? Are we barking up a tree
after the raccoon is gone?
Enter Alice 4 years ago - the
cell phone as an access station in the
house. This set the service provider
community ablaze. Would it be successful?
How can I duplicate this service in my
country? This energized the fledgling
FMC movement. Basically, the FMC vision
is about each customer carrying one access
device that does it all. It will: