The Personal Communication Services (PCS) network is a digital network that has the
same basic components and standards as cellular networks. A PCS network consists of a
mobile switching center, base station transceivers or cell sites, and base station controllers
connected to a network service provider.
The mobile switching center typically handles 100,000 subscribers. It connects the radio
network to the service provider’s telephone network. The base station controller handles
link handoffs, acts as an administrator for the location register and concentrates and
routes the traffic from several cell sites to the mobile switching center....