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Routes to Roam: Convergence in the Mobile Core
The core network, comprising circuit and packet switch elements, is a unique asset for mobile operators. This report discusses the technical options under consideration by vendors and operators to enable integration of alternative access networks with the mobile core.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni0405_toc.pdf)
With the uptake of wireless LAN and broadband VOIP, interest in providing alternative access into the mobile core has exploded. The result is that a range of mechanisms have been proposed mostly by startups to take advantage of this demand ahead of full-blown convergence based on an IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) platform. Various pre-IMS options are summarized in this diagram:
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The general consensus is that fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) provides greater opportunity for fixed-line operators and could begin to reverse a decade-long shift in power to the mobile operators. The chart below partially supports this theory, but it also suggests that convergence could be an opportunity for mobile carriers:
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Vendors covered in this report: Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA); Azaire Networks Inc.; BridgePort Networks Inc.; Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY); Kineto Wireless Inc.; LongBoard Inc.; Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU); Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); NewStep Networks Inc.; Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK); Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); and UTStarcom Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSIE).
Total pages: 26
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