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Service providers bullish on fixed-mobile convergence: Infonetics

Nearly 80% of service provider respondents taking part in a new study by Infonetics Research say they plan to offer...


August 15, 2007  


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Nearly 80% of service provider respondents taking part in a new study by Infonetics Research say they plan to offer fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services by April 2008, a sharp increase over the number planning to offer FMC services this year.

According to the study, “Service Provider Plans for Next Gen Voice & IMS,” service providers see the top two benefits of offering FMC services as increasing average revenue per user (ARPU) and keeping traffic within the network.

Over half the service providers Infonetics interviewed also expect to have a full IMS solution deployed in at least some part of their network by 2010, but interestingly, a significant number say they have no plans to deploy a full IMS solution, the study shows.

“Despite the fact that 71% of the service providers we interviewed for a similar study last year expected to use IMS architecture in 2007, we cautioned that providers likely were being optimistic with their uptake plans,” said Stphane Tral, principal analyst at Infonetics for service provider VoIP, IMS, and FMC.