New Technology: Will PCN oust PSTN?

Tyler, Geoff
July 1990
Management Services;Jul1990, Vol. 34 Issue 7, p32
The article focuses on a new technology in the field of electronic communication, which is known as Personal Communications Network (PCN). When PCN were first announced, they were heralded as a single-technology replacement for all these diverse services. It was soon realised that this ideal was not to be. Unlike the existing cellular services, users are likely, within which ever group their service exists, to be able to roam i.e. use the cells and destinations of a service other than their own. Clearly this is essential if true internationalism is to be achieved and will also alleviate the problems experienced with cellular when neither service has coverage in the more remote rural areas. Indeed wired terminals may be relegated to high speed data usage and the wide-area convenience of the network operator logically from that, the cabled networks of BT, Mercury and Hull would become a service for the PCN operators to use for the long distance part of their calls traffic and would be all but invisible to the end user.


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