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Fixed - Mobile Convergence (FMC) is providing a new direction for the future of telecommunications, with a potentially profound impact on various segments and industries. As the boundaries between various services blur, so do the rules of engagement of various industries. The impact is more than purely technical. FMC could potentially redefine the nature of telecommunications, information, and entertainment services and how various types of service providers compete. This paper looks into FMC drivers; various technical aspects of FMC; and the current evolutionary steps toward FMC implementation, such as Generic Access Network (GAN), cellular - Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) integration, femtocells, and Next-Generation Networks (NGNs).
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