Over 190 million FMC users by 2013

Convergence has taken a battering in recent months as operators have failed to deliver the mass of subscribers they promised with the offer of multi-platform converged devices. Despite this, industry analyst and parent Informa Telecoms and Media forecasts that over 190 million subscribers will be FMC users by 2013. It’s well known that the […]

Orange takes FMC to 3G

UK mobile operator Orange this week claimed a first, with its 3G-based UMA platform for fixed mobile convergence (FMC) customers. Orange originally launched its Unik/Unique service in 2006, and since appears to have experienced very different fortunes to those of BT, the company which first launched FMC services in Europe under the guise of Fusion […]

FMC missing the point

With the initial hype around Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) fading, analysts have warned that a narrow focus on services based on Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) could distract operators from achieving market breakthroughs with alternative FMC approaches. A number of operators have already launched dual mode UMA services, such as US operators T-Mobile USA and Sprint […]

3G to be convergence catalyst in China

Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) adoption is off to a slow start in China, but the commencement of 3G services between 2008 and 2010 will prompt swift growth, according to new research from analyst In-Stat. In 2005 In-Stat estimates there were about 400,000 consumer FMC subscribers, but that number is forecast to increase to 11.4 million […]