Fixed Mobile Convergence Still Struggles To Gain Traction

Fixed mobile convergence (FMC), the transparent and seamless hand-off of active voice calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks using a dual-mode phone, can be a powerful enabling tool for businesses, reports In-Stat FMC provides a viable bridge to address the gap between legacy wireline capabilities, wireless networks, cellular services, as well as evolving VoIP and unified communications capabilities. But the technologies driving FMC applications have developed more quickly than business end-user interest.

A wide sweep of industry announcements trumpeting FMC capabilities have been made in 2009, however, our analysis shows only moderate increases in actual use, or planned use, of most applications. IT managers, service providers and integrators may have a good understanding of FMC's benefits, but until workers actually use its capabilities, the benefits will go unrealized.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Business FMC handset connections will jump from 5.8 million in 2009 to 31 million by 2013.

  • 19% of businesses with Wi-Fi capability use voice over Wi-Fi.

  • The ability to seamlessly roam between wireline and wireless networks carries more importance among business users than other FMC solutions, but all FMC solutions remain in a relatively nascent state.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  Business FMC Adoption Remains a Challenge in an Increasingly Mobile World (#IN0904354CT), which covers the worldwide market for FMC. It includes:

  • Context to help the reader understand the role of FMC and fixed wireless applications.
  • 2008–2013 forecasts of worldwide business FMC handset connections and business FMC subscribers.
  • Analysis of current and planned adoption of FMC capabilities.
  • Review of recent activity among industry leaders.
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This research is part of In-Stat's Business IP Communications Service. Growth in the business IP market has tremendous potential to disrupt the traditional telephone industry on multiple levels. Service providers, equipment manufacturers and systems integrators are increasingly offering different types of business VoIP solutions. IT managers and C-level executives recognize the cost savings and flexibility that VoIP solutions can bring to their businesses, but issues remain before comprehensive adoption takes place, such as security, integration and end-user transparency. Business adoption of IP communications will also be influenced by how companies integrate other communications functionalities, such as wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and WiMAX, IM, and video applications.

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