Fixed Mobile Convergence: Voice Over Wi-Fi, IMS, UMA and Other FMC Enablers / Edition 1

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A Practical Guide to the Business and Technology of Fixed Mobile Convergence

Written by telecommunications experts, Fixed Mobile Convergence explains how to consolidate fixed, mobile, wireless, and wireline networks into a seamless environment enabling a uniform converged communication experience. You will learn how to create FMC-based networks, services, and solutions; support advanced technologies such as Voice over Wi-Fi; and converge them with legacy networks. You'll also discover how to develop a phased strategy for effective rollout of FMC multi-mode devices and services, with reliable security and quality of service. The book includes details on integrating next-generation technologies such as near field communication, Bluetooth PAN, WiMax, presence, and unified messaging to create a seamless mobility ecosystem.

  • Seamlessly converge fixed, mobile, wireless, and wireline networks
  • Understand the "Four Cs" of FMC-cost, coverage, capacity, and convenience
  • Understand the technology behind FMC components: fixed, mobile, and convergence
  • Overcome converged network deployment and proliferation barriers
  • Conform to IETF, 3GPP, and other relevant standards for FMC
  • Offer uniform access-independent voice, data, instant communications, and unified messaging services across legacy fixed and mobile networks
  • Design and launch scalable FMC solutions using IMS, UMA/GAN, femtocells, VoWi-Fi, VCC, and other enablers
  • Add LBS, presence, M-to-M, and other advanced services
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071486064
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/14/2008
  • Series: McGraw-Hill Communications Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Shneyderman is a senior manager for Motorola, where he plays a key role in positioning advanced mobile technology with leading North American telecom service providers.

Alessio Casati is technical manager of 3GPP core network standards within the Alcatel-Lucent Convergence CTO office. He has been working in the mobile and data communication industry for the past 12 years.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Introduction to Convergence     1
What Is Convergence?     1
What Is Being Converged?     3
Convergence or Substitution?     4
Substitution Barriers     5
From Convergence to FMC     8
FMC Foundation     8
Brief History of Fixed-Mobile Convergence     11
DECT/GSM     13
Wireless PBX (MicroTAC/Home Base, Tele-Go [FreedomPlus])     14
CT2/CT2+, Rabbit, Fido     14
TDC, Duet, and EnRoute     15
Genion, One-Phone DU, FastForward     16
FMC Then and Now: Many Services over One Network vs. One Service over Many Networks     16
ISDN     16
B-ISDN and ATM     17
IP and the Internet: Breaking Free of Layer 2     18
Is FMC Happening?     19
Summary     20
Business of FMC     21
New Band in Town     21
FMC Ecosystem     23
Mobile Operators     23
Fixed Operators     24
Vendors     24
Consumers     26
FMC Impact on Service Providers andConsumers     26
Fear and Greed     26
4 Cs of FMC     27
FMC Drivers and Barriers     28
Drivers     30
Barriers     36
Deployment and Go-to-Market Strategy     43
Mobile Operators     43
Fixed Operators     44
Summary     45
The F in FMC     47
The State of Fixed Networking     47
Traditional Voice     48
Voice over IP     58
Voice over IP Deployment     70
Summary     78
The M in FMC     79
Mobility     80
Mobile Communications Systems Fundamentals     80
Core and Access     80
Circuit and Packet     82
Cellular Systems: The Sky Is the Limit     83
Cellular Generations     84
3GPP Systems     88
3GPP2 Systems     98
A Look into the Future     104
WiMAX: A Migration Away from Traditional Cellular Systems     106
Standardization and Deployment     107
Cellular Friend or Foe: Voice over Wi-Fi     111
Technology Fundamentals     112
Interference      115
Convergence of Mobile Systems     130
Summary     131
The C in FMC     133
Convergence Technology Fundamentals     133
Levels of Integration     134
VoIP-Based Convergence     135
The Dual Nature of Dual Mode     136
IMS and MMD Fundamentals     136
IMS-Based Convergence     147
UMA/GAN     154
Femtocells     163
Femtocell Pros and Cons     168
Summary     172
FMC Impact on Services and User Experience     173
FMC Scenarios and User Experience     173
Lightweight FMC     174
Use Case: Back-End Convergence     177
Use Case: Home Conditional Forwarding     181
Full-Scale FMC     182
Use Case: Quadruple Play for a Family of Four     189
Services and Applications Impacting FMC     191
Presence     191
LBS     201
Summary     205
Looking Ahead     207
Meaning of Mobility Revisited     207
Old Taxonomy Obsolescence     208
Driving Toward Uniform Connectivity     210
New Application Ecosystem      210
Beyond Voice     213
Use Case: A Business Trip     225
From Here     228
FMC Standards     231
Toward the Identification of Commonalities     232
Standards Organizations' Background     232
3GPP and 3GPP2     232
ETSI     233
ITU-T     234
IEEE and the WiMAX Forum     234
IETF     235
OMA     235
FMCA     236
NGMN     236
Concluding Remarks     236
Finding Standards Documents Online     237
Acronyms     239
References     247
Index     257
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    A Must Read on FMC

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to get a quick ramp up on FMC. The autors have covered all aspects of the FMC technologies including related technologies such as Femto Cell. The authors also analyzed some of the tradeoffs among various technologies and architecture choices. No one solution fits it all. Based on this book, readers can gain a pretty good feel in terms of what solutions/architectures might best fit their network and customer needs. From here, readers can find more detailed technical specifications on a certain technology to take their work on FMC to the next level.

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