...TC American Personal Communications, a Bethesda-based company that plans to launch a new generation of wireless telephone services later this year, said yesterday that it will locate its main switching hub in Hanover, bringing up to 50 jobs to northern Anne Arundel County.
APC, one of three companies the Federal Communications Commission has designated as "pioneers" in personal communications services (PCS) technology, has signed a 10- year lease on a 15,000-square-foot office in the Park Circle industrial park near Dorsey Road and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
The facility will house a digital switching center that will route mobile calls to their intended destination. Wayne Schelle, APC's chairman, said it would be the first of its kind to be deployed commercially in the United States. Besides sophisticated switching equipment, the center also will house operations, sales and administrative personnel.
APC, which is 49 percent owned by a joint venture of Sprint Corp. and three of the nation's leading cable companies, will compete with Cellular One and Bell Atlantic Mobile Services, regional providers of mobile telephone service.
The Sprint-cable connection is expected to bring APC into the national wireless network the alliance is stitching together by bidding heavily in the FCC's current auction of PCS licenses.
APC said it expects to employ a total of 170 people in the region by the end of 1995, when the company expects to launch its service.