Fixed-Mobile Convergence and Dual Mode
Wi-Fi-enabled mobile handsets will become mainstream in 2008, opening the floodgates for dual-mode devices, devices that work not only on Wi-Fi but on cellular networks as well. The rash of dual mode devices will further fuel fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), which ties together voice, unified communications and wired and wireless networks for one seamless way to access information from anywhere at any time.
"There is never going to be just one network to give you all that access," said Ben Gibson, Cisco's director of mobility solutions. "You're going to start to see pilots."