JPL's Wireless Communication Reference Website

Chapter: Network Concepts and Standards
Section: Cellular Telephony

Personal Digital Cellular

PDC is the Japanese digital cellular standard. It will enhance the capacity limitations that were previously experienced by analog systems, as new spectrum has been made available for PDC. The use of the new digital technology is aimed at increasing competition and expanding cellular phone service to more users in Japan.

The Japanse PDC system operates in the 1880 MHz to 1900 MHz band, the same band as used by the DECT standard which originated from Europe. The introduction of a 1.5 GHz version of PDC in the Japanese market enables new operators to compete in the cellalar market.

Network Architecture

The interconnection between the base station and the Mobile Switching Center is an A interface similar to the open A interface used in GSM.

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