Like you’d assume from the title, we’re talking about combining two very different things. What you might not have assumed prior to this though, is that there really is a difference between these two things. Using your mobile phone to browse the internet or take a phone call is something you probably take for granted, and the signal you need to do this is a bit like the water coming from your tap – you’ll not have given much thought to how it gets there, the only thing that matters is that it works.
Well in the case of FMC, the fixed signal is something like Wi-Fi, where the internet signal you need to get online is always coming from the same wire. You can’t take it with you, and when you leave the range of your Wi-Fi hub then that’s pretty much the end of streaming speed internet. Mobile does what it says on the tin – it’s your mobile network, allowing you to take your cellular phone from mast to mast without ever being unable to make or take a call.
With fixed-mobile convergence, one number reaches you wherever you are; whether you are in range of your router or not. Once someone trying to get into contact with you dials in your digits, you can choose how to take your call: on your mobile phone; on your landline; or on your laptop with a VoIP service like Skype. With massive advances in smartphone technology, where every leap is replicated (or improved upon) by competitors (such as the voice commands promised for Google’s next Android update), smartphones look set to become even more useful for businesspeople in particular. Being able to take your phone wherever you go while making sure that you’re always receiving the strongest signal possible has got to be pretty handy.
For an exact definition of FMC, PC Mag has you pretty well covered.