Personal Communication Services (PCS)
The FCC describes PCS as a broad range of radio communication services that free
individuals from the constraints of wireline PSTN and enable them to communicate when they are away from their home or their office telephone.
Spectrum for PCS is made available through auctions
and operators are free to choose their technology from 7 standards proposed
by the JTC (TIA/T1).
The PCS frequency band is 1850 to 1900 MHz, with 2 times 60 MHz available for
licenced operation and 20 MHz for unlicenced operation.
The standards are
where the first three appear to have to strongest support. The unlicensed standard
is similar to DECT.
- PCS 1900, sometimes referred to as GSM 1900.
It is based on GSM.
- a standard based on IS54
- a standard based on IS95 cellular CDMA
- a hybrid TDMA/FDMA/CDMA system
- Wideband CDMA
- a standard based on DECT (PWT-L)