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Rogers, five others create new convergence alliance

The Fixed-Mobile Convergence Alliance (FCMA) was formed today with six of the world's largest telecommunications op...


July 14, 2004  


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The Fixed-Mobile Convergence Alliance (FCMA) was formed today with six of the world’s largest telecommunications operators as founder members.

The Alliance was formed to accelerate the development of Fixed-Mobile Convergence products and services to the 122 million fixed network and 23 million mobile customers served by its founding members.

It is anticipated that the Alliance will encourage other major telecommunications operators around the world to drive the development of convergence services, the group said.

“Fixed-Mobile Convergence is a transition point in the telecommunications industry that will finally remove the distinctions between fixed and mobile networks, providing a superior experience to customers.”

The goal is to create seamless services that use a combination of fixed broadband and local access wireless technologies.

The founder members of the FMCA include Rogers Wireless Inc., Brasil Telecom; BT, Korea Telecom, NTT Com and Swisscom.

BT is the first chair of the alliance, which will rotate every 12 months. Rogers Wireless will take the role of vice-chair during this period.