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Fixed-Mobile Convergence across Telecom and IT Networks Geoff Richman P809 Task 2.5
FMC vs FMI • FMC is the ability of customer to obtain converged services from one service provider • FMI is the ability of operators to deliver services from one network
Commercial Motivator • Increased mobility • Customer expectation of the virtual home environment • Lifestyle/work-style changes • Emerging market for fixed/mobile • Market for multimedia and increased bandwidth • Technology can deliver if developed • Industry players not currently converging • Tariff reductions
Benefits of FMC/FMI • single point of contact for procurement and support • one directory number • one class of service • one bill • cheaper solution • customer loyalty
Options for FMC/FMI • build an integrated fixed-mobile network • extend a long-distance network by providing mobility in local markets • integrate an existing mobile network and an existing fixed network • add mobile linkage to the local loop • upgrade the existing fixed network to offer personal mobility services and service portability • co-operation between fixed and mobile network operators/service providers for FMC
Short-Term: Service Convergence • Provision of services (either on fixed, mobile, private and/or satellite networks). • Automatic roaming between networks. • Virtual Home Environment (VHE) features. • User service profile stored in smart cards (e.g. SIMToolkit). • Mobile Virtual Private Network. • UPT numbering and addressing for fixed and mobile. • Smart card integration between fixed and mobile access. • Optimal and flexible call routing • QoS management.
Long-term: UMTS and IMT-2000 • ITU is developing Recommendations for the 3rd Generation Mobile System known as IMT-2000 • IMT-2000 includes the concept of Family Members • UMTS must be a Family Member of IMT-2000
Virtual Home Environment VHE is a capability which allows users to access their own personalised services in a consistent way no matter where they are, e.g. at home, in the office, on the move. Users are able to roam into different technology networks and experience the same look and feel depending on the capabilities of the serving network and the terminal equipment in use.
Implications for VHE support • Applies to ALL networks • Remote Programming of: • USIM Applications • Mobile Equipment Applications • Serving Network Service Applications • Service Data
IP & UMTS • Expect large volume of data traffic, better over IP • Traffic over other data networks, better with IP encapsulation • Flexible internetworking protocol, can be implemented over different link and physical layers • IP would provide natural access to the internet.
Mobile IP & UMTS Mobile-IP extends the existing Internet Protocol to allow a portable computer to be moved from one network to another without changing its IP address and without losing existing connections.
User Requirements for IP • Single user interface • One number/address regardless of location/terminal • Unified customer/billing interface • Universal/widespread coverage • Environment specific service sets • Unified Operations and Management
Example IP Services • Click-to-Dial • Click-to-Fax • Unified Messaging Service • Voice-Access-to-Content from IP • Internet Call Waiting • POTS services with Voice over IP
Conclusions • FMC and FMI are different and possible • Broadband multimedia in a mobile environment goes beyond UMTS • Virtual Home Environment is a key enabler • VHE embraces all segments of the “delivery chain” • IP is a significant factor and must be integrated, not an add-on!