Network convergence combines support for multimedia, telephone, and data on a single network. Network convergence primarily serves large, complex organizations where mobile and Internet connections are regulated behind the same firewalls or sign-on credentials. With network convergence, registered users access their Internet, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and mobile connections through a single network that supports everything from email, VoIP, and web browsing to text messaging.
Convergence in networking occurs when one network provider delivers networking services for voice, data, and video in a single network offering, instead of providing a separate network for each of these services. This allows a business to use one network from one provider for all communication and cloud-based services. It also allows businesses to balance bandwidth needs more easily among the services that use the network.
One type of network convergence involves the convergence of communication services and systems, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, mobile, and VoIP. This makes it possible for a company to use a single converged network from one telecommunications provider for all of these types of communications and services. And it means businesses that used to offer these services separately now have the opportunity to offer many more networking-based services over the same network.