Fixed-Mobile Convergence: Consumers and Business Models

This report examines the current state of 3G deployments across the globe, analyzes the drivers for convergence between fixed and mobile networks, and provides global forecasts for services and technologies built around fixed mobile convergence.

“Proliferation of mobile services based on 3G wireless technologies places pressure on the mobile operators to alleviate some of the bandwidth demand by offloading traffic onto fixed networks,” said Parks Associates. “Service providers are taking this opportunity to bring about a convergence in fixed and mobile services through innovative services with the aim of reducing churn and increasing ARPU.”

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The Bottom Line

1.0   Notes on Methodology and Report Focus

1.1 Sources of Data

1.2 Terms and Definitions

2.0   3G – Evolution in Technology and Mobile Services

2.1 Transition from 2G to 3G: Technology and Services

2.1.1    3G - Clearing the Technology Muddle

2.1.2    Transition in Mobile Services – The Path to Convergence

3.0   Convergence in Fixed and Mobile Networks

3.1 3G Growth – Implications for Services and Infrastructure

3.2 Building a Case for Fixed-Mobile Convergence

3.2.1    The Consumer Perspective

3.2.2    The Industry Perspective

4.0   Femtocells – A Step towards Converged Services

4.1 Femtocells – Technology and Architecture

4.2 Femtocells- The Business Case and Models

4.2.1    Subscription Based Models

4.2.2    Bundled and a la Carte Services

4.2.3    Parameters for the Business Models – Costs, Savings and Revenues

4.3 UMA vs. Femtocells

4.4 Challenges

5.0   IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)

5.1 IMS in Residential Gateways – Convergence as a Differentiating Factor

5.2 Long Term Evolution (LTE) – The Race to 4G

5.3 IMS and 4G – Resolution of Intellectual Property Rights

6.0   Global Forecasts

7.0   Implications and Recommendations

7.1 Service Providers

7.2 Technology Providers

Resource Book

1.0   Company Profiles

1.1 Motorola

1.2 Samsung

1.3 Ubiquisys

1.4 picoChip

1.5 Percello

1.6 2Wire


1.8 Tilgin

1.9 Alcatel-Lucent

1.10 Ericsson

Global Mobile Services Market Share by Technology Type
Mobile Services Evolution with Technology
Wireless Standards
Interest in Video over Mobile Devices
Mobile user penetration rates in major markets
Global 3G Subscriber Base Growth
Voice and Data ARPU for AT&T and NTT Docomo
Major Voice-Centric FMC Deployments
Bundled Mobile Phone Services
Growth in ownership of Portable Devices
Interest in Non-Voice Applications for mobile devices
Interest in productivity features for mobile devices
Basic Femtocell Architecture
Benefits of Femtocells
Factors in Selecting a Mobile Service Provider
Mobile Phone Service Plans in the U.S.
Mobile Phone Usage by Location
Interest in Switching Mobile Service Providers
Femtocell Business Model Parameters
Basic UMA Architecture
Comparing Femtocells and UMA
Device Preference for Multiple Functionalities
Key Concerns in Converged Devices
An IMS Framework
IMS Deployments of Major Telecom Vendors
Service Delivery in Converged Networks
3GPP and 3GPP2 Essential Patents
FMC Global Forecast Methodology
Summary of Forecast Assumptions
Worldwide Mobile Subscriber Growth
Global 3G Penetration
Global Femtocell Shipments
Global Femtocell Revenues
Integrated IMS/Femto Gateway Shipments

Publish Date: 1Q 2009

Pages: 72

Authored By:

Authored by Jayant Dasari
Executive Editor: Tricia Parks
Published by Parks Associates

© January 2009 Parks Associates
Dallas, Texas 75230

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