Chapter 4. PCS Standards

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The mobile technologies invented in the late 1990s are collectively known as PCS (Personal Communications Services). This term was originally used by the FCC to describe a particular group of licenses in the 1900 MHz band, but has been hijacked by marketers to include any digital system that provides high-quality voice and narrowband data. In the greater scheme of things, it is the second generation of wireless technology, between analog cellphones and broadband mobile multimedia.

There are three main categories of PCS in use today, all providing different features to the end user as shown in Table 4.1. Digital cellphones ...

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