Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC): Did We Miss It?
By Emma Mohr-McClune, Current Analysis
Published 2006, Posted May 2006
Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and fixed-mobile substitution are two warring forces. On the one side, fixed-line incumbents are looking to FMC to allow them to better leverage their in-house fixed and mobile assets, and offset dwindling fixed-line revenues. On the other, mobile operators are stepping up their substitution strategies to re-route more fixed traffic over their own mobile networks. FMC has not properly arrived in Europe, but mobile operators have been quick to see the writing on the wall, and spent much of 2005 building an arsenal of FMS services to offset its arrival. Driving substitution has become mobile operators’ number one strategy against FMC, and the rate of innovation in this area in 2005 was extraordinary. For the purposes of this analysis, we’ve grouped substitution services into six categories: Homezone services, fixed alternative services, flat-rates, family tariffs and bundled, and in the business sector, mobile VPNs. All six are proving to be successful in degrees. Results, in the form of a higher mobile share of total market outgoing minutes, are likely to start trickling in by mid-2006.
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