Fixed-mobile convergence, or “FMC,” technologies work to bring together fixed and wireless networks so users can move through wireless and wired networks with one device, and still be able to make use of voice, video and data communications. Mobile enterprise solutions are gaining popularity around the world and as a result, the need for FMC has become even more immediate today.
A study by ABI Research (News - Alert) found enterprise FMC will grow at a CAGR of 27 percent and reach over 27 million by 2014.According to the report, one variable that has affected the growth of business FMC is the increased number of business customers accessing the Web, watching videos and connecting to social networks.
In addition, the ability to download VoIP solutions via a mobile device has also created a new, lower cost form of business communications as well as opened the market up for a number of VoIP Service Providers. Today, mobile VoIP services are seeing an increased interest, with market intelligence firm In-Stat (News - Alert) predicting mobile VoIP gateway revenues will climb rapidly by 2015.
According to the report, the mobile VoIP market is expected to be worth $32.2 billion by 2013 and by 2019, half of all mobile calls will be made over all-IP networks.
FMC is being considered the ‘next big leap’ for VoIP Service Providers. Integrated operators are hoping to deliver multi-service on a carrier-grade IP network and attain convergence of fixed and mobile & data services on a single network. Looking ahead, the same network requires advancing towards complete fixed-mobile convergence where real-time services such as voice will be emulated across the carrier-grade IP network using WiMAX (News - Alert), 3G/4G or any other technology.
There is a great opportunity for carriers to reduce their infrastructure cost by offering seamless multi-services on a single platform. Mobile VoIP provider REVE Systems offers VoIP service providers a branded mobile VoIP Platform they can offer to users and that supports a number of different phone models.
The company’s iTel Mobile Dialer Express is a softphone dialer application that consumes only 120 kb of space and supports over 200 Nokia, and other handsets running Symbian (News - Alert) S60 2nd & 3rd and Windows Mobile 5 and 6.
In addition to benefiting the small business user and home offices as an all in one mobile communications device, REVE Systems’ mobile VoIP offering is great for larger corporations looking to reduce their communications costs. By integrating it with an IP-PBX (News - Alert), the application can be used as an integrated mobile device for voice calls, conferencing, and still offering all the power of a desktop phone.
In addition, because it will be connected to the Internet, users can also initiate free conference calls and interoffice communications – while being able to surf the web, and use email – all from the same device.Now is the time for VoIP service providers to understand the importance FMC plays and leverage the opportunity to offer a quality mobile VoIP service.
Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi