Fixed Mobile Convergence Handbook

Syed A. Ahson, Mohammad Ilyas

September 22, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 492 Pages - 203 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420091700 - CAT# 91700


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  • Details the approach to eliminate the vertical silo structure and transform into a horizontal-layered architecture

  • Discusses implementation of global standardization frameworks, such as IEEE 802.21
  • Describes an authentication method aimed at providing consistent security communications in FMC environments
  • Explores the principal classes of stakeholders who participate in the FMC industry and explains how network integration benefits consumers
  • Provides case studies to illustrate technical and systematic implementation of internet access via FMC
  • Addresses issues such as candidate network discovery, call admission control, secure context transfer, and power management for multimode terminals


Requirements for next generation networks (NGNs) are fueling an architectural evolution. Service providers are obliged to give users access to content anytime, anyhow, anywhere, on any device. This requires a converged infrastructure in which users across multiple domains can be served through a single unified domain and all network services and business units can be consolidated on a single IP infrastructure.

The Fixed Mobile Convergence Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the design, implementation, and management of converged cellular/WiFi wireless networks. This book discusses how FMC is transforming technologies as multimedia ceases to be passively consumed and unidirectional—and becomes increasingly mobile, personalized and interactive. This book also describes ways to ensure that networks remain cost-effective, scalable, reliable, and secure in the face of constant technological evolution.

This material encapsulates the state of FMC, covering everything from basic concepts to research-grade material and future directions. Addressing a broad range of topics, the handbook consists of 16 chapters authored by 44 experts from around the world. Subjects include:

  • Femtocell network technology and applications
  • Deployment modes and interference avoidance
  • Architecture for power efficiency
  • Conversational quality and network planning
  • Design of SIP-based mobility management protocols

Highly respected in their field, the authors anticipate the key issues and problems that FMC presents—from application inception and deployment to system interconnection and Quality of Service (QoS). Ideal for professional mobile technology designers and/or planners, researchers (faculty members and graduate students), this book provides specific salient features and information that will guide innovation in the 21st century and beyond.

Syed Ahson is a senior software design engineer with Microsoft. Previously, he was a senior staff software engineer with Motorola, where he was a leading contributor in the creation of several iDEN, CDMA, and GSM cellular phones.

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas is associate dean for research and industry relations at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. A consultant to several national and international organizations, Dr. Ilyas is a member of both the IEEE and ASEE.