Six Telecoms Giants Form Alliance

Saturday 17 July 2004 15:08 CET | News

Six telecommunications giants in Europe, Asia, South and North America have formed an alliance to encourage convergence between mobile and fixed-line services.

British Telecom will head the Fixed-Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA) in the first year, alongside the Swiss Swisscom, Korea Telecom, Brasil Telecom, Canadas Rogers Wireless, and NTT Communications in Japan. The six companies, which account for 122 million land-line and 23 million mobile telephone customers together, want to develop a common approach to allow the seamless use of the two forms of telecommunications in the future. The FMCA launched an invitation to major equipment manufacturers to join the venture as associates. Fifteen other operators had been in touch with the alliance, it added. BT has announced plans to allow mobile handsets to tap into broadband or high-speed fixed-line services. The operators pledged to share information and know-how on combined fixed and mobile services and to work on common technical standards.

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