DT Lickin' FMC Wounds
Speaking at the IP Telco World conference in London today, Dr. Felix Wunderer, senior vice president of a newly created FMC division at Deutsche Telekom, said the operator had no plans to launch another dual-mode service in Germany. But the operator likely has other FMC ideas, based on a recently announced deal for packet switched core network infrastructure elements from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. . (See Huawei's Core Euro Breakthrough.)
"We don't see the market demand for having these WiFi/GSM integrated [offers] in Germany," he said.
The German giant's U.S. subsidiary, T-Mobile US Inc. , offers a UMA-based dual-mode WiFi/GSM service, called Hotspot @Home, but the market needs are different in America, explained Wunderer. "There are different reasons [for the service], mainly because of in-house coverage," he said. (See T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA and T-Mob Ships UMA BlackBerry.)
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading