Mobile-to-Mobile Convergence

What Does Mobile-to-Mobile Convergence Mean?

Mobile-to-mobile convergence (MMC) is an innovative technology that helps mobile devices connect with various kinds of networks and automatically switch between a cellular network and Wi-Fi connection without manual intervention. It provides a replacement for standard cellular and wireless solutions.

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MMC may be enabled on any mobile device with the appropriate hardware. For example, smartphones, softphone-equipped devices and cellular phones can use MMC to automatically switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Techopedia Explains Mobile-to-Mobile Convergence

MMC differs from fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), where a service provider is used to permit flawless handoff between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The devices compatible with MMC do not depend on a particular service provider to switch from one network/system to another. The action is easy, straightforward and even operates in locations where the originating service provider is unavailable. The first functional MMC solution was designed and marketed by DiVitas Networks, located in Mountain View, California.

If set up correctly, the switch between networks is fairly transparent to the user. Also, the switch does not involve any delays when disconnecting from one network and connecting to the other.

A network integrating MMC provides features like the following:

  • Functionality with the current private branch exchange (PBX)
  • Support for dual-mode devices
  • Interoperability with a wide area network (WAN)
  • Flawless roaming among cellular and Wi-Fi networks
  • Uninterrupted use of an array of applications, such as voice, instant messaging (IM), customer relationship management (CRM) and email
  • Potential management of a workforce that exclusively incorporates mobile devices

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