SMS Glossary: 18 Most Commonly Used SMS Industry Terms
There are different terminologies used in different industries including the SMS industry. We have decided to share with you the eighteen most used terms in the SMS industry.
1. A2P messaging
Application-to-Person is a method of messaging from an online platform or an application to a mobile user. A2P messages are also referred to as messages which are not initiated from a mobile device.
2. Alphanumeric Sender ID.
The mixing of numbers and alpha character ( letter), alpha characters (0-9, a-z A-Z.) in a sender ID can be altered to fit the user's need. Messages in this setting can not make a reply with an alphanumeric Sender ID.
3. Binary messages.
Binary messages are the kind of SMS messages that needs a certain kind of encoding which is required to surmount the restriction in some characters, such messages are used for sending pictures, ringtone or to send WAP push messages. Languages such as Korean, Japanese, Slavic Languages e.g Russian, Chinese and Arabic demand specific characters in Binary messages.
4. Concatenated Messages.
It's a little more like the binary message because it helps to overcome the characters limit in a single SMS. Here, longer messages are divided into smaller parts by the sending device/gadgets, then reassembled at the receiving end, charging each separately.
5. DLR( Delivery Report.)
Delivery Report which can be otherwise referred to as DLR is one of the SMS MT that causes a delivery report for every message sent out. DLR emanates directly from the handset.
6. Fixed Sender ID.
A Fixed Sender ID is a numeric sender ID that has been determined in advance, and can not be molded in respect of the user's need. Standard MSISDN format can be explained as the mobile number that displays on the receiver's cell phone.
7. Flash SMS.
Here, the receiver need not check the mobile phone inbox to read sent messages because it appears directly on the screen. The flash message service allows you to send an SMS that will pop up on the recipient's phone screen.
8. Global Title (GT).
A Global Title (GT) is an address used in the SCCP protocol for routing messages on telecommunications networks. In theory, a global title is a unique address that refers to only one destination, though in practice destinations can change over time.
9. International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI)
IMSI is a unique number associated with all GSM and UMTS network mobile phone users. IMSI is a number kept in the SIM card and it is sent via phone to the network.
10. Local Time Stamp.Local Time Stamp.
This is an advantageous service to international service providers and enterprises which need to have the precise time adapted to the local time. The Local Time Stamp is an SMS MT characterized to display the Local Time Timestamp of the home network.
11. Mobile Network Operator (MNO).
A Mobile Network Operator (MNO) is a telephone company that provides various services for mobile phone subscribers.
12. Mobile Originated SMS message, MO SMS.
The MO SMS as aforementioned originated from the end user's mobile phone and it is delivered to a mobile phone or an application. The message which originated from the mobile phone is sent from the consumer's Mobile to SMS service provider.
13. Mobile Number Portability ( MNP).
This service enables mobile phone users to keep their mobile number when they change their mobile network operator because it is very much important to the carrier to improve the delivery success rates and ported-number routing efficiencies. The MPN also simultaneously provides service access to vital information on mobile number identity and verification.
14. Mobile Station International subscriber Directory Number (MISISDN).
This is a number that identifies a mobile phone number internationally. It identifies a subscription in GSM or UMTS mobile network. The minimum length of a MISISDN is 15 digits whereby the number includes a country code and a National Destination Code. which identifies a subscriber as a network operator.
15. HLR Query/Network Query/Number Look Up.
This is a central database that consists of each mobile phones' details in which subscriptions have been authorized to use the GSM core network. The number Look Up or Network Query is also known as the HRL.
16. Person to Application (P2A).
This is a process of sending a mobile message (P2A) from a mobile user to an application. It is often used to define an enterprise or business messaging.
17. Person to person (P2P) messaging.
This is the common traffic between subscribers of mobile operators. P2P messaging is the process of sending SMS from one mobile user to another.
18. SMS Aggregator.
An SMS aggregator is a mobile telecommunication company that has multiple agreements with MNOs to send and receive data from the operators SMSC