Four Flavors Of Fixed-Mobile Convergence: Research In Motion
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Overview: Fixed mobile convergence is coming, but different implementations are being proposed. Some combine Wi-Fi and cellular and transparently hand off calls between the two environments, while others depend solely on cellular service. Most implementations have employed servers that are under the control of the enterprise, but some cellular carriers are introducing network-based FMC services. In the current economic environment, any investment is subject to close scrutiny, but an FMC deployment has the potential to pay for itself in reduced cellular charges. This presentation will present four versions of FMC so you can see the widest range of technical options and associated business cases, and give you a better understanding of the most cost-effective way to bind your wired and wireless connectivity more closely together, as well as the business case for doing so. Key questions addressed are: Does FMC need a Wi-Fi component? Which versions of FMC enable you to reduce cellular costs? What are the advantages of packaging an FMC solution in an IP-PBX, adjunct server, or network service? What management and support issues will need to be addressed in the FMC solution? Will the user interface be fully transparent, and if not, will this be a barrier to adoption?