Fixed-Mobile Convergence: Consumers and Business Models (Second Edition)

This report updates the current state of 3G and 4G deployments across the globe and analyzes the drivers for convergence between fixed and mobile networks. It explores new revenue opportunities coming out of the fixed-mobile convergence trend and provides global forecasts for services and technologies built around fixed-mobile convergence.

“The proliferation of mobile services based on 3G and 4G technologies places pressure on the mobile operators to alleviate some of the bandwidth demand by offloading traffic onto fixed networks,” said Harry Wang, Director of Mobile Research with Parks Associates. “Service providers are taking this opportunity to bring about a convergence in fixed and mobile services through innovative technologies with the aim of reducing churn and increasing ARPU.”

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The Bottom Line

1.0   Notes on Methodology

1.1 Purpose of Report

1.2 Scope of Report

1.3 Research Approach

1.3.1 Sources of Data

1.3.2 Terms and Definitions 

2.0   Evolution in Technology and Mobile Services

2.1 Transition from 3G to 4G Technology

2.2 Evolution of Services from Pure Voice to Multimedia

2.3 Mobile Broadband Users: A Five-Year Global Forecast

3.0   Fixed-Mobile Convergence

3.1 Business Cases for Fixed-Mobile Convergence

3.2 Fixed-Mobile Convergence Technologies

3.2.1 Wi-Fi and UMA

3.3.2 Femtocells

3.3.3 IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)

3.3 End-User Perspective

3.3.1 Consumer Perspective on Fixed-Mobile Convergence Technologies and Services

3.3.2 Enterprise User Perspective

4.0   Market Forecasts

4.1 Forecast Methodology

4.2 Sources of Information

4.3 Forecasts of Global Residential Femtocell Households and Sales

4.4 Forecasts of Global Wi-Fi Home Network Households with Dual-Mode Phones

5.0 Market Implications and Recommendations

Service Providers’ 3G+/4G Network Deployment Plans
Top Activities Performed on Mobile Phones (Q3/10)
Appealing Mobile Features and Applications (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)
Preferred Wireless Technology for Intended MID Purchases
Global Mobile Broadband Subscriber by Mobile Technology (3G/4G): 2009-2015
Global Mobile Broadband Subscriber Forecasts by Region (2009-2015)
FMC Business Cases for Mobile Carriers
Service Operators’ Wi-Fi/UMA Deployment
Key Differences Between Small Cells
Femtocell Value Chain Players
Profiles of Femtocell Technology Vendors
Global Femtocell Deployments and Momentum
Correlations of Voice Call Problems and Churn Intention by Household ARPU
Femtocells’ Effects on Carrier’s Churn
Korean Telecom’s IMS Pathway and Convergence Roadmap
Heavy Wi-Fi Users Are Also Interested in Femtocells
Compare and Contrast: Wi-Fi/UMA vs. Femtocells
Price Sensitivity of New Femtocell Services
Internet Connection Methods
Mobile Internet Access Locations
Wi-Fi and 3G Capabilities among MIDs Owned
Consumer Interest in Converged Activities on Mobile Phone
Appeal of Home Energy Control Services on Mobile Phone
Price Sensitivity on Fixed Mobile Convergence Applications
Enterprise Wi-Fi and Femtocell Deployment
Forecast Methodology for FMC Technology Adoption
Companies Interviewed for this Report
Forecasts of Global Households with a Femtocell (2009-2015)
Forecasts of Global Residential Femtocell Sales (2009-2015)
Forecasts of Wi-Fi Home Network Households with Dual Mode Phones (2009-2015)

Publish Date: 1Q 2011

Pages: 61

Authored By:
Harry Wang - Senior Director of Research
Jennifer Kent - Vice President, Research

© March 2011 Parks Associates
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