List of relevant terms used in the mobile business sector

A2P (Application-to-person) messaging
The process of sending mobile messages from an application to a mobile user.
Alphanumeric sender ID
Combination of numeric and alpha characters (0-9, a-z, A-Z, _). It is changeable to fit users` need. Receiver of the message can`t reply on message with alphanumeric sender ID.
Binary messages
Messages that require special encoding to overcome the character limit in a single SMS. Binary messages are used for characters in languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Slavic languages (e.g., Russian), for sending ringtones, photographs, or in WAP Push messaging.
Concatenated messages
Messages that require special encoding to overcome the character limit in single a SMS. Long messages are split into smaller messages by the sending device and recombined at the receiving end. Each message is then billed separately.
A feature of SMS MT that enables delivery reporting for every sent message. It is sourced directly from the handset.
Fixed sender ID
Usually a predetermined numeric sender ID and cannot be modified according to the user’s needs. It is in standard MSISDN format.
Flash SMS
A message that appears on the recipient's mobile screen directly. Recipient does not need go to the mobile phone inbox to read the message.
Global Title
A Global Title (GT) is an address used in the SCCP protocol for routing signaling messages on telecommunications networks. In theory, a global title is a unique address which refers to only one destination, though in practice destinations can change over time.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a communications protocol for information transfer on the intranet and the World Wide Web.
An International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) is a unique number associated with all GSM and UMTS network mobile phone users. It is stored in the SIM card and is sent by the phone to the network.
Local Time stamp
A feature of SMS-MT that displays the timestamp of the home network local time. It is particularly useful for international mobile service providers and enterprises, which need to have the exact sending time adapted to the local time.
A mobile network operator (MNO) is a telephone company that provides services for mobile phone subscribers.
MO (mobile originated)
A mobile message routed from an end user's mobile device and delivered to a mobile phone or an application.
Mobile Number Portability
Mobile Number Portability (MNP) enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when switching from one mobile network operator to another.
A number uniquely identifying a subscription in a GSM or UMTS mobile network.
MT (mobile terminated)
A mobile message routed from a client or an application and delivered to the end user’s mobile phone.
A mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is a company that provides mobile phone service but does not have its own licensed frequency allocation of radio spectrum, nor does it necessarily have the entire infrastructure required to provide mobile telephone service.
Number Lookup
Also known as HLR (Home Location Register) Lookup or Network Query. It is a central database that contains details of each mobile phone subscriber that is authorized to use the GSM core network.
Numeric sender ID
Default sender type of SMS message in standard MSISDN form. Recipients can reply to messages with a numeric sender ID.
A feature of SMS-MT that sends over-the-air configuration messages, such as software updates, configuration settings and security locks.
P2A (Person-2-application) messaging
The process of sending mobile messages from a mobile user to an application. This definition is often used to define enterprise messaging.
P2P (person-to-person) messaging
The process of sending mobile messages from one mobile user to another. This is the usual traffic between subscribers of mobile operators.
Service Level Agreement (SLA) is the part of a service contract formally defining the level of service.
The short message peer-to-peer protocol (SMPP) is a telecommunications industry protocol for exchanging SMS messages between SMS peer entities such as short message service centers (SMSCs).
SMS aggregator
Mobile telecom company with multiple agreements with operators to send and receive data in and out of the operator's SMSC, acting as an intermediary between companies (i.e. content and brand owners) that want to interact with end users (through their mobile phones) and mobile operators.
SMS delivery
Distribution of mobile messages, including SMS and Premium SMS, directly to end users' mobile devices.
SMS hubbing
A new structure for international SMS traffic, reshaping international mobile inter-operability by implementing hubs to intermediate SMS traffic and offer a larger SMS coverage. The GSM Association (GSMA) found in SMS hubbing the solution to a problem that limits the continuing growth of international SMS, culminating with the development of SMS hubbing trials in 2006, part of the Open Connectivity project. This initiative created a new structure for international SMS interoperability, as well as developed standards and requirements that SMS hubs should follow. Regardless of the maturity of the operator or number of subscribers, each subscriber expects to be able to send an SMS to other subscribers, regardless of country and mobile network.
A short message service centre (SMSC) is an element of mobile telecommunications networks which delivers SMS messages.
Signaling System #7 (SS7) is a set of telephony signaling protocols which are used to set up most of the world's public switched telephone calls, also used in mobile messaging, prepaid billing and other applications.
TON/NPI Settings
This SMS-MT feature allows senders to manage originator and destination settings.
2-WAY Messaging
Two-way messaging is the system that incorporates both outbound (MT) and inbound (MO) SMS into one featured service.
UDH (user data header)
Part of the SMS that provides instructions to the receiving handset about the type of message being sent. This is done to ensure correct delivery and message displayed.
Industry standard allowing computers to consistently represent and manipulate text expressed in any of the world's writing systems. As an SMS MT feature, it allows any content to be sent within a message.
Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) is session-based text communication. It is available on every GSM-enabled mobile device. Because there is no store-and-forward mechanism present with USSD (unlike SMS), the protocol is more practical for interactive communication, such as banking or education.
Wap Push
Allows WAP content to be pushed to the mobile handset with minimum user intervention. A WAP Push is a specially encoded message which includes a link to a WAP address. WAP Push is specified on top of WDP; as such, it can be delivered over any WDP-supported bearer, such as GPRS or SMS.