On the economics of fixed‐mobile convergence

Theodoros Rokkas (Based at the University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Dimitris Varoutas (Based at the University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Dimitris Katsianis (Based at the University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Timo Smura (Based at the Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Helsinki, Finland)
Kumar Renjish (Based at the Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Helsinki, Finland)
Mikko Heikkinen (Based at the Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Helsinki, Finland)
Jarmo Harno (Based at Nokia Siemens Networks, Espoo, Finland)
Mario Kind (Based at T‐Systems, Berlin, Germany)
Dirk Von Hugo (Based at T‐Systems, Berlin, Germany)
Thomas Monath (Based at T‐Systems, Berlin, Germany)

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ISSN: 1463-6697

Publication date: 8 May 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show that fixed‐mobile convergence (FMC) has gathered much interest in the telecommunications industry lately. Integrated operators (who own both fixed and mobile networks), are keen to exploit FMC benefits in order to save costs and generate new revenues. This paper aims to analyze the effects of converged network and service environment on the business of existing telecommunication operators.

Design/methodology/approach

After an introduction to the regulatory, market, and technology related issues of convergence, the authors focus on analyzing the role of FMC technologies and services in their businesses of an integrated operator with existing fixed and mobile operations in a large Western European country.

Findings

Results reveal that an integrated operator can benefit from cost savings, customer retention and prevent revenue erosion by migrating to FMC.

Originality/value

This paper examines the effects of fixed‐mobile convergence to an integrated operator.

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Citation

Rokkas, T., Varoutas, D., Katsianis, D., Smura, T., Renjish, K., Heikkinen, M., Harno, J., Kind, M., Von Hugo, D. and Monath, T. (2009), "On the economics of fixed‐mobile convergence", info, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 75-86. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636690910954999

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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