FCC certification of mobile handset gives Nortel first commercially
available PCS 1900 system in US
July 5, 1995
WASHINGTON - Northern Telecom (Nortel) is the first manufacturer to obtain full
certification of a 1.9 GHz mobile telephone handset for Personal Communications
Services (PCS) from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the company
Nortel's N1901, a full-featured, eight-ounce mobile handset for PCS 1900
systems, is now certified under Part 15 and Part 24 of FCC rules governing
operation of radio frequency (RF) equipment - a requirement for commercial sale
in the US.
With FCC certification previously obtained for its PCS 1900 radio base station
equipment, Nortel now offers the first complete PCS system commercially
available in the US.
"Consumers want the convenience, security, and productivity of mobile
communications," said Dave Twyver, president, Wireless Networks, Nortel. "FCC
certification of our complete PCS 1900 system - including handsets - means we
can move quickly to help service providers build the networks they need to
deliver the mobile services their subscribers want."
Personal Communications Services, operating in the 1.9 GHz radio spectrum
recently allocated by the FCC, are expected to stimulate continued, rapid growth
in demand for mobile voice, data, facsimile, and messaging by offering these and
other services to business and residential users at lower cost than today's
PCS 1900 is a US standard for 1.9 GHz mobile telephone service. It is compatible
with the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standard adopted by more
than 100 mobile telephone service operators in 70 countries.
Nortel is one of the world's most broadly diversified developers of
communications products, systems, and networks in three key market segments -
Enterprise Networks, Wireless Networks, and Carrier Networks (switching,
broadband, and network applications solutions). Nortel provides equipment,
services, and network solutions for information, entertainment, and
communications networks operated by telephone companies, personal and mobile
telecommunications companies, cable TV companies, corporations, governments,
universities, and other institutions worldwide.
Nortel had 1994 revenues of $US 8.9 billion, and employs approximately 57,000