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Fixed Mobile Convergence to attract 170m users

There will be 170m global Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) subscribers by 2012, generating £16.8bn of revenue, says research firm Informa.

Informa says the majority of these subscribers will be within the consumer segment with 145m by 2012, but relative penetration will be lower than in the enterprise sector.

Informa said 8.8% of the total business subscriber base will use FMC, but the FMC penetration rate in the consumer segment will be 4.8%.

Paul Merry, an analyst at Informa, said companies would use FMC to take advantage of services such unified messaging, IP PBX integration and single communication accounts that can be managed by corporate IT personnel. 

By comparison, consumer FMC only offers the convenience of a single bill and discounted in-home pricing, said Merry.

“As a consequence, consumer FMC faces a substantial challenge in capturing the consumer imagination. This process is not helped by a certain lack of forward movement on the issue of standardisation," Merry said.

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