Personal Communications Service (PCS)
Definition - What does Personal Communications Service (PCS) mean?
A personal communications service (PCS) is a type of wireless mobile service with advanced coverage and that delivers services at a more personal level. It generally refers to the modern mobile communication that boosts the capabilities of conventional cellular networks and fixed-line telephony networks as well.
PCS is also known as digital cellular.
Techopedia explains Personal Communications Service (PCS)
A PCS works similarly to a cellular network in basic operations, but requires more service provider infrastructure to cover a wider geographical area. A PCS generally includes the following:
- Wireless communication (data, voice and video)
- Mobile PBX
- Paging and texting
- Wireless radio
- Personal communication networks
- Satellite communication systems, etc.
PCS has three broad categories: narrowband, broadband and unlicensed. TDMA, CDMA and GSM, and 2G, 3G and 4G are some of the common technologies that are used to deliver a PCS.