rmason25 12/5/2012 | 3:06:04 PM
re: T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA Of course, they are not positioning it as a landline replacement.

zwixard 12/5/2012 | 3:05:57 PM
re: T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA I was with Alcatel UMA Network Controller dev team. Both Femco Cell and UMA need a network controller in carrier's office and an access point at home. UMA requires new cell phones while Femco requires access point using cell radio (GSM/CDMA) which is subsidized by carriers anyway. Other than monthly fees, Femco reqires no additional cost to consumers.
dawood1981 12/5/2012 | 3:05:54 PM
re: T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA I have been a lightreading reader for a while now but am very disappointed in the comment that Alcatel-Lucent may have sourced the UMA Network gear from Kineto Wireless. This is absolutely incorrect, Kineto Wireless sources its gear to Motorola and Nokia which is why they dont have any network deployments. On the other hand, the UMA Network gear in T-Mobile network is 100% by Alcatel-Lucent (former Spatial team) and the team has done an incredible job to beat Kineto and make sure they are limited to just providing the software on the handsets. I hope the author of this article removes this article from here as it is pretty damaging and is not a rumor but rather a lie.
lrmobile_postar 12/5/2012 | 3:05:54 PM
re: T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA Great news and also a significant step towards convergence.

I would like to clarify the confusion about the FMC/FMS nomenclature.

It is perceived by the industry that when you walk into your home and your active cell call is handed over to a "pico-cell" (ultra small home Base Station) then this is FMS.
If your call is handed over to another wireless access technology (WiFi, Bluetooth) then this is FMC
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:05:54 PM
re: T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA Okay, I have toned down the statement for the moment. We will double-check into exactly which vendor is providing what. If you have further info feel free to email me on [email protected]


Dan Jones
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:05:52 PM
re: T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA It's cool to see mobile operators trying different stuff.

I always thought fixed-to-mobile substitution referred to the capture of fixed-line minutes by mobile operators.

i.e. in situations where you would have used a fixed-line phone, you substitute this for a mobile.

Cancelling your fixed-line phone connection and going mobile only would be the ultimate FMS.

It gets confusing with all this convergence around.
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