A small California company got a shot in the arm last week when American Personal Communications, a Baltimore-based cellular company, publicly endorsed its digital technology for use with personal communication networks.
Personal communication networks (PCNs) represent the next generation of wireless communication. They are indoor cellular systems that allow customers to make calls from virtually anywhere.
American Personal Communications, which developed the nation's first cellular system in the early 1980s, is testing PCNs. If federal regulators grant commercial licenses to PCN operators, the company plans to start offering PCN services commercially in 1993.
Those services will use equipment developed by Qualcomm Inc.,a San Diego-based developer of wireless communications systems that bases its equipment on a technical standard that has yet to win favor with the cellular industry.
The endorsement from American Personal Communications is significant for Qualcomm, which wants its technical standard to be adopted by the industry.
The Telecommunications Industry Association, the standard-setting body for the cellular industry, has endorsed a competing technical standard, which is not compatible with the Qualcomm technology.
The association is looking for a second, alternative technology to adopt. American Personal Communications' endorsement might help Qualcomm's technical standard to become the No. 2 technology, a Qualcomm official said.