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.