Mobile convergence creates new playing field

The Yankee Group reports that critical shifts are about to occur in the enterprise telephony landscape in the coming 18 to 24 months as a number of supply and demand trends coalesce to bring about integration of fixed PBX and mobile telephony systems in the enterprise.

 

These forces will encourage fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) in the large enterprise segment in the next 5 years, creating new service models around high-value managed telephony services.

Vendor support in that past 12 months and key demand trends have propelled enterprise FMC into the spotlight.

 

This has underscored the prospect that desk phones across many large enterprise markets will soon be replaced by various flavors of smart phone-based solutions that offer end users mobile data and PBX functionality and IT managers centralized control of mobile and fixed services.

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As a result, multiple service providers, including mobile operators, will profit from this evolution. The Emerging Effects of Enterprise Fixed-Mobile Convergence offers insight into the evolving market strategies and offers recommendations for both mobile and fixed operators to reap some of the benefits. n

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#4) Global camera phone sales to reach 300m in '05 - report

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Declining cost of integrating technology into mobile phones remain a key factor in the explosive growth, Gartner said. n

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Global camera phone sales to reach 300m in '05 - reportn

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Research firm Gartner has announced that worldwide sales of camera phones will reach 295.5 million in 2005. This represents a 38% of total worldwide mobile phone sales, up from 14% in 2004. n

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Carolina Milanesi, principal analyst for mobile terminals research at Gartner, said: 'a key factor in future market growth will be the declining cost of integrating the technology into mobile phones.' n

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Gartner predicts that the cost of integrating a one-megapixel camera to a phone will more than halve over the next four years.

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As a result, multiple service providers, including mobile operators, will profit from this evolution. The Emerging Effects of Enterprise Fixed-Mobile Convergence offers insight into the evolving market strategies and offers recommendations for both mobile and fixed operators to reap some of the benefits.

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