Japan’s NTT Communications Corp has begun offering fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services to businesses, in a move which will most likely result in a wave similar initiatives from other carriers which looking to attract customers with the service. However, analysts concur it will take some time before FMC becomes widespread in the market. NTT’s new FMC handset can be linked to a mobile phone network through mobile phone bases when it is used outside. When used at a home or in the office, the terminal can be connected to the fixed line telephone network, whose charges are lower than those for mobile phones, through a local area network (LAN). NTT Communications started providing FMC services to companies in September.