IP and IMS technology firm IntelliNet Technologies announced the acquisition of the assets of mostly defunct Azaire Networks. Azaire was a product of the fixed-mobile convergence buzz and the widespread belief a few years back that IP Multimedia Subsystem deployment was about to change the telecom industry in striking and obvious ways. But, FMC has taken many different turns on its way to market and a single standard for supporting FMC services remains elusive. Meanwhile, IMS has begun to affect networks in ways more subtle than striking, and its role in FMC remains mostly a long-term prospect.
Azaire always batted around provocative notions about FMC, at one point pushing the Interworking WLAN standard as an FMC solution. The company developed FMC gateway and security technology that is in use by some carriers today. When FMC more recently became the domain of femtocell technology, Azaire also found time to join the Femto Forum.
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