Fixed Mobile Convergence, Episode Two : The Human Factor

By Paul Tingey

In Episode One
in this series of posts I outlined my thoughts on what Fixed Mobile
Convergence is and how it defines the future of communications. FMC is
occupying the minds (and development cycles) of most of the worlds
largest telecoms companies. However, it is not such a hot topic amongst
consumers which raises an interesting question; will consumers really
be that bothered about FMC ?

Recent years have seen consumers demanding higher functionality and
improved mobility from modern mobile communications and entertainment
devices. The telecoms industry has been quick to respond with devices
such as the Blackberry Pearl and the recently released (and very funky) Apple iPhone.
These are the kind of devices which consumers seem keen to spend their
hard earned money on. At the same time few aspire to buy the latest
fixed line phone.

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