Whither Personal Communications
Concern is expressed that ideas and designs abound for personal communications systems (PCS) and equipment, but there is no comprehensive long range plan for a world-wide personal communications architecture. Before arguing about different modulation techniques, security codes, satellite designs, etc. we must realize that the Cheshire Cat was correct-ifwe don’t know where we are going, it doesn’t make much difference which way we go. Now is the time for U.S. academia, government, and industry to unite and develop an integrated PCS architecture that can support government, military (especially tactical communications), and civilian requirements; and focus our energies in the direction of this architecture. If we do not unite our efforts we are going to see personal communications of the future follow the television treceiver, camcorder, tape recorder, children’s electronic toys, etc., overseas. This paper discusses the requirements and limitations of a long range plan for a personal communications system ten to twenty years hence and provides a strategy for the U.S. to maintain the lead in striving toward this goal. This strategy includes cooperation between system and equipment developers, interested technical societies and standards committees, and the US. government (including the FCC and military planners) to develop standards for wireless personal communications in the context of the public switched telephone system.
KeywordsAsynchronous Transfer Mode Wireless Personal Communication Intelligent Network Cellular Telephone Military Communication
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