Fixed-Mobile Convergence Alliance

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Fixed-Mobile Convergence Alliance, formed in mid-2004, is a global non-profit organisation for improving products for providing convergence customers. The FMCA was incorporated as a not-for-profit association under New York law in August 2006.

The Alliance has a growing membership base of 20 leading global telecom operators, most of which are integrated telecom operators owning both fixed and mobile networks.

The included vendor affiliation programme makes the operators able to work closely with the associate members, who are all telecommunication vendors.

The alliance was founded by six companies: British Telecom, NTT, Rogers Wireless, Brasil Telecom, Korea Telecom and Swisscom. The purpose of this alliance is to encourage seamless integration of mobile and fixed telephone services (Technological convergence).

The member operators have a customer base of over 850 million customers and collaborate with member vendors towards accelerated development and availability of Convergence products and services in areas such as devices, access points and home gateways, roaming and innovative applications.

In order to accomplish its goals, the FMCA has developed close relationships with leading Standards Development, Specification & Certification Organisations (SDO/Fora), including the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Home Gateway Initiative and 3GPP. The FMCA actively contributing towards the delivery of existing and emerging standards that are relevant to FMCA product and service requirements.

The FMCA does not aim to create standards but rather to accelerate the adoption of the Convergence technologies by encouraging consistency across product and equipment standards.

The FMCA was disbanded in March, 2010.

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