Telecom’s much hyped PCS platform is “a big label for a small development”, says Bell- South strategic marketing manager Leslie Preston.
The response comes after Telecom’s official launch of its PCS (Personal Communications System) offering.
The system, called Business Zone, is based on programmable microcells which can cover larger workplaces. A handset connects to the microcell base, which runs at a lower per-minute call rate, and to the nationwide digital cellular network.
According to Preston, however, the launch is simply a case of Telecom “jumping on the PCS bandwagon and wrapping everything in PCS paper”.
Part of the problem with the notion of PCS is that everybody has a different standard, and, it depends on where in the world you are, says Preston.
Preston cites the fact that the US has several definitions of PCS, whilst the UK has another. Different countries have allocated different spectrums to PCS, and consequently given it different functions. Just because the Ministry of Commerce has recognised a particular bandwidth doesn’t necessarily make it PCS, says Preston.
Bell South’s recent launch of Bell Text is designed to meet a similar need, Preston says.