SOURCE: Infonetics Research

October 04, 2007 13:07 ET

FMC market forecast to top $46B in 2010, FMC subscribers to top 38M; UMA here to stay, says new Infonetics report

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - The worldwide fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) market, including UMA network controllers, multi-access convergence gateways, and dual mode cellular/WiFi phones, is forecast by Infonetics Research to soar to $46.3 billion in 2010.

The report, "FMC Equipment, Phones, and Subscribers Market Outlook," says that of all the current seamless and non-seamless variations of FMC implementations, UMA (unlicensed mobile access) has seen the most significant push, triggered by intense competition. The fiercest battles are coming from attackers in Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK, where each incumbent is trying to protect its home turf. UMA is also the quickest fix prior to any migration to IMS, the report indicates.

"UMA, which was believed to have short legs just a year ago, is the predominant technology deployed today to implement seamless FMC between wireless LAN and 2G cellular networks. For those who still believe UMA will be short lived, it can now support 3G, is backed by the 3GPP, has a clear migration roadmap to IMS, and is becoming the default case for femtocells," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Large European incumbents such as BT, France Télécom, and TeliaSonera
    have been leading the charge to offer UMA-based seamless dual mode
    WiFi/cellular services
--  Nokia is the worldwide dual mode cellular/WiFi phone market share
    leader by far, followed by Sony Ericsson and Motorola
--  Today all UMA network controllers (UNCs) are sold with dual mode
    handsets in mind, but soon likely will be sold for femtocell-only
--  The number of worldwide seamless FMC subscribers is expected to
    skyrocket from 188,000 in 2006 to 38.2 million in 2010
--  VCC application servers are not going anywhere; the VCC standard has
    been delayed, and as a result, VCC is now fully tied to IMS
--  Multi-access convergence gateways (MACGs) have the potential to become
    the largest FMC equipment market worldwide because they collapse several
    network elements into one platform and address the need for network
    consolidation, providing intelligent interaction with subscribers,
    services, and transport mechanisms

Infonetics' FMC report provides worldwide and regional market size, select market share, and forecasts from 2006 to 2010 for UNCs, MACGs, dual service phones, UMA and IMS seamless FMC phones, and FMC subscribers. Regions include North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, CALA, and worldwide.

The report tracks products by Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Asus, Azaire, BenQ, Certicom, Cicero, Ericsson, E-TEN, fg microtec, FirstHand, Gigabyte, HP, HTC, Kineto, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Nokia, Paragon, Reef Point, Sagem, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Starent, STOKE, Toshiba, Vitendo, and WNC.

View report highlights and more at For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom. Services include market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

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    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst, Service Provider VoIP, IMS & FMC
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583-3371
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