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WCS (Wireless Communications Service)
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Wireless Communications Service is defined by the Federal Communications Commission as radio communications that may provide fixed, mobile, radio location, or satellite communication services to individuals and businesses within their assigned spectrum block and geographical area. The WCS is capable of providing more advanced wireless phone services that would be able to pinpoint a subscriber in any given locale. The WCS will most likely be used to provide a variety of mobile services, including an entire family of new communication devices utilizing very small, lightweight, multifunction portable phones and advanced devices with two-way data capabilities. WCS systems will be able to communicate with other telephone networks as well as with personal digital assistants, allowing subscribers to send and receive data and/or video messages without connection to a wire.
The WCS is in the 2.3-GHz band of the electromagnetic spectrum from 2,305 to 2,320 MHz and 2,345 to 2,360 MHz. The FCC's auction of WCS licenses help kick off an entirely new industry. Competition in the WCS industry will benefit consumers and businesses. The FCC's licensing plan for this spectrum provides for several new full-service providers of wireless service in each market. Consumers will be able to choose from multiple providers and will receive lower prices and better service as a result.
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