How Does Paging Work?


The page's journey begins when someone enters a page for you, usually calling by telephone or via the American Messaging Web site. Your page is then converted into a digital data stream traveling over phone lines to a public switched telephone network (PSTN) where it is rerouted onto the American Messaging switch.


At our paging switch, the data stream is "back-hauled" to our central uplink teleport.


Once the data stream reaches the teleport, or earth station, it is processed by modulation equipment in preparation for the trip to space. From the modulator, the data is sent into space through a large satellite dish aimed at a particular American Messaging satellite.


Over 22,000 miles above the earth, the signal makes a u-turn at the satellite transponder. The transponder receives the signal, amplifies it, then retransmits it back down to earth at the speed of light.


Back on earth, the signal is received by hundreds of satellite receiver dishes located near the American Messaging transmitters. The data stream travels from the receiver dish via cable to a digital data receiver. From the receiver, the signal is sent to the paging transmit controller which prepares it to be sent to your pager.


From the transmit controller, the signal is broadcast via radio waves to your pager.

American Messaging currently has over $100 million invested in network equipment, and is constantly upgrading our technical system to offer our customers state of the art technology in wireless communications.

We offer the latest advancement in paging technology - FLEX - which offers up to 5 times longer battery life and improves the ability to receive pages.

Did you know that even though the person paging you may only be a few blocks away, the page travels more than 40,000 miles to a satellite in space and back before it reaches you!