The Three Cs of Convergence
Since I get asked this question a lot, I think the success of converged services boils down to thee key factors, as follows:
Cost: Convergence can save money for the carriers in that WiFi offers greater capacity than WWAN-based services, and these savings can in theory be passed on to customers. Enterprise-centric solutions can provide savings on carrier-based services.
Coverage: Convergence can provide service where cellular is week, such as in-building, and in residential settings.
Capacity: And finally, convergence provides a lot more raw capacity for both voice and data than in possible in WWANs alone. I see convergence initially being deployed using the WWAN for voice and the WLAN for data, but both service can support both types of traffic will handoffs in both directions -- depending, of course, on implementation and what the carriers decide to offer.
But in the interim, enterprise-centric, do-it-yourself solutions will be big winners in 2007. The demand is there, the benefits are real, and there’s really no need to wait for a carrier at all.
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung