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Carriers, vendors vie for FMC market

Briefs | 06/14/2007 6:44 pm EDT

Nearly half of Canadian and US businesses prefer equipment vendors to carriers for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), according to an InfoTrack study. The Parsippany NJ research firm found that the split between companies that prefer enterprise-centric to carrier-centric FMC internationally was narrower than it was in North America. But 22% of respondents had no preference either way. What does it all mean? According to John Lilley, an InfoTrack program director, the results give enterprise-focused FMC providers such as DiVitas Networks and Siemens AG an early advantage, but carriers have nonetheless established themselves as genuine alternatives. Canadian service providers are building FMC services, which combine various networks so users can hop from one to another without losing their communication sessions.

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