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AT&T U-verse: True Convergence

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AT&T launched recently its U-verse Voice service to complement its Quadruple-Play offering: TV, Internet, Voice and Wireless.

U-verse Voice is a high-quality digital voice service. The service is delivered over AT&T managed IP network, which guarantees a secure and reliable service. Among other features, the user can manage calls and services from the U-verse Management Portal, including: Messaging, Call History, online Address Book, Click to Call and location.

See the compelling demo of U-verse Voice, where you can see the richness that IP can bring to telco services.

In this article you can find more details on this truly convergent service, empowered by IP and based on IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) standards.

Converging Telecom, Internet and Media

Convergence is a term widely used in technology with different meanings:

– Device Convergence: mobile phone, digital camera, PDA, GPS, media player, email, data modem, e-wallet, etc. all into a single device

– Fixed / Mobile Convergence. Fixed and Mobile operators offering similar services across networks.

– Prepaid/Postpaid Convergent rating. Mobile operators looking for a single rating engine, so that they do not have to replicate it for Prepaid and Postpaid systems, and so that Postpaid users are also controlled in real-time, as Prepaid users are.

– IT / Telecom Convergence. Many network systems are already based on IT technologies, using same databases (MySQL, Oracle) and OS (Linux, Solaris), only reinforcing the defense mechanisms to make them “Carrier-grade”. Vendors as Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia-Siemens and Ericsson are already transforming into Telecom-specialized IT/Systems Integrators.

But no Convergence  has a bigger impact and transforming power as the Convergence of Telecom, Internet and Media.

As Scott McNealy, Sun Chairman, reportedly said : “I have explained to every telco that either you become a destination site, or the destination site will become a telco.”

Telcos are investing not to get marginalized to only bit pipes, but rather use content as part of their value proposition, and capture the Advertisement revenues, that otherwise will flow directly to Internet and Media companies. Below, some examples of Tier 1 telcos running for Convergence:

Will it be Google the one bringing Linux to the desktop?

Googlex o Goobuntu? Let’s think about it…

Google enters the Mobile Phones market by building an open Operating System (OS) for mobiles, built around Linux (Kernel 2.6).

Android main competitors, apart from Nokia, are iPhone and Windows Mobile. Both Apple and Microsoft come from computer OS to smartphones OS. What is a smartphone but a down-scale computer? Following Convergence trend in the IT/Telecom industry, we could foresee convergent OS across devices.

Nokia, established #1 in mobile phones, should be worried about new entrants such as Apple and Google, as convergence is unstoppable. In the long run I would bet on iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android to be market leaders as mobile operators move to IMS and all-IP networks, and need Open devices to install IMS software clients.

Once Google brings Linux to the mobile phone, wouldn’t be Google the one to bring Linux to the desktop too? Many would see with good eyes Google to “organize the information in the world” in what regards to Linux desktop distros. Linux is getting better for the desktop, but still not there. Imagine what a GLinux, Googlex or a Goobuntu distro could do to definitively drive Linux to the masses.

Eric, Larry, Sergei, please think about it.

Meantime some reports anticipate an Android debut in Barcelona 3GSM congress in february. I bet there will be a lot of Android handsets announcements in Barcelona, and very few prototypes. Unless phone vendors have been working hard in advance of the Android announcement, it is unlikely to see any Android phone before late next year.