Personal Communications Sector
(PCS) Refocuses Messaging Division
Fla., Dec 3, 2001
New PCS Strategy Will Support
and Expand Wireless Messaging Opportunities
Personal Communications Sector (PCS) announced today that it will
refocus the objectives of its Wireless Messaging Division. PCS will
concentrate its development efforts on 2-way messaging products for
use on cellular networks for GSM, GPRS and CDMA protocols.
This means that PCS will discontinue distributing ReFLEX protocol-based
products such as the Talkabout® T900 and Timeport™ P935 personal
communicators, as well as its one-way paging
products, in mid-2002. PCS will
continue to provide technical support of the ReFLEX® protocol to the
growing list of over twenty ReFLEX licensees.
Miguel Pellon, vice president and general manager, Wireless Messaging
Division, said, "Sales of our traditional one and two-way messaging
products are migrating to demand for 2-way messaging for use on
cellular networks with integrated product offerings and increased
functionality. Demand still exists for these traditional products;
however, Motorola is committed to market leadership. This means we
need to begin now to redeploy our resources and development efforts to
transport protocols such as GSM, GPRS and CDMA."
PCS's refocus is also being driven by the need to better utilize
existing resources within the company while leveraging the technology
platforms it has recently developed. The recent introductions of the
V100, V200 and impending release of the AccompliTM 009 personal
communicator products are the initial results of this refocused
effort. This move will allow PCS to utilize its expertise in messaging
and cellular communication while encouraging the development of FLEX™
and ReFLEX networks and devices through participation in the Personal
Communication Industry Association's (PCIA) Paging Technical
plans to continue to provide technical resources to those licensing
the FLEX and ReFLEX protocol for manufacturing subscriber devices,
infrastructure, test equipment, chip sets or modules. PCS will also
continue to provide warranty service for their 1-way and 2-way
"PCS alone has shipped over two million ReFLEX-based devices since
1996, with the majority of those shipments happening in the past 18
months," said Pellon. "There are currently 21 ReFLEX licensees
designing and manufacturing ReFLEX-based products -- a sign of the
strength of the wireless messaging industry."
Motorola PCS's participation in PCIA's Paging Technical Committee has
been instrumental in providing a forum for discussing technical issues
related to the paging industry as well as in creating, publishing, and
adopting non-proprietary standards in support of enhanced industry
services. Recent committee activities include developing improved
formats and methods for inter-networking of paging carrier systems,
creation of a national standard to allow carrier compliance with the
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®)
and reviewing new vendor proposals for industry service enhancements.
PTC is migrating its focus to support the ReFLEX protocol by serving
as an industry "sounding board" for technical issues, but with a focus
on ReFLEX systems, devices and services as well as support for FLEX
protocol (one-way) networks. PCS's involvement includes providing
device standards as well as support for the evolution of the ReFLEX
protocol, including ReFLEX 2.7.
Manufacturers interested in obtaining a FLEX or ReFLEX protocol
license can visit http://www.motorola.com/flex for more information.