FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence)
Global accessibility is one of the keys to success.
FMC deals with the integration of fixed and mobile networks into a unified system. This is supposed to give users with a multifunctional device the ability to have the best connection to needed services at any time.
There are many opinions about just how this is all supposed to work.
Device mobility and service mobility are the main criteria that everyone agrees on, which subsequently lead to personal mobility.
Device mobility means that a user is available anywhere from a single telephone number. It’s up to the user to decide whether he will use a single device (such as a smartphone) or various devices at different locations (landline phone at the office, home phone, a cell phone when traveling).
In each case, all required services (voice, text, data, etc.) should be available at all times. It should make no difference which devices are used, the user’s location, and the network to which he is connected. This is the task of the roaming partner.
Personal mobility is then complete when it is made available to the user at the best possible cost. Naturally, the expectation of users and suppliers are going to differ on this point. In any case, there are already more advanced implementations occurring in other places.
In the end, the user decides how much he wants to pay for which services. In Germany and much of Europe, there is an attempt to fool customers into believing the comparatively outdated FMC situation is actually up to date. Did anyone say ‘lobbying’?