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3GPP (CT1)
TS 03.40














Technical Realization of the Short Message Service (SMS)

(P) GSM Rel-98 v7.5.0    2001/12    120 p.
(P) GSM Rel-97 v6.2.0    2001/12    114 p.
(P) GSM Rel-96 v5.8.1    1998/06    113 p.
(W) GSM Phase-2 v4.13.0    1996/03    106 p.
(P) GSM Phase-1 v3.7.0    1994/01    119 p.

Rapporteur:  HOWELL, Andrew
Descendant(s):  TS 23.040    
See also:  SMS-related TS/TR    

This TS describes the point to point Short Message Service (SMS) of the GSM PLMN system. It defines:
  • the services and service elements;
  • the network architecture;
  • the Service Centre functionality;
  • the MSC functionality (with regard to the SMS);
  • the SGSN functionality (with regard to the SMS);
  • the routing requirements;
  • the protocols and protocol layering;
for the Teleservices 21 and 22, as specified in TS 02.03. The use of radio resources for the transfer of short messages between the MS and the MSC or the SGSN is described in TS 04.11, and is dealt with in that specification.

The network aspects of Short Message Service provision are outside the scope of this TS (i.e. the provision of network connectivity between the PLMN subsystems). There is no technical restriction within this TS for the transfer of short messages between different PLMN's. Any such restriction is likely to be subject to commercial arrangements and PLMN operators must make their own provision for interworking or for preventing interworking with other PLMN's as they see fit.

The required and assumed network service offered to the higher layers is defined in this TS.

1   Scope   PDF-p. 7
2   References
3   Services and service elements
4   Network architecture   PDF-p. 24
5   Service Centre and PLMN interconnection
6   Service Centre functionality
7   MS functionality
8   Node functionality      Up
9   Protocols and protocol architecture      Up
9.1   Protocol element features   PDF-p. 33
9.2   Service provided by the SM-TL   PDF-p. 36
9.2.1   General      Up
9.2.2   PDU Type repertoire at SM-TL
9.2.3   Definition of the TPDU parameters   PDF-p. 50   TP-Message-Type-Indicator (TP-MTI)   TP-More-Messages-to-Send (TP-MMS)      Up   TP-Validity-Period-Format (TP-VPF)   PDF-p. 51   TP-Status-Report-Indication (TP-SRI)   TP-Status-Report-Request (TP-SRR)   TP-Message-Reference (TP-MR)   TP-Originating-Address (TP-OA)   PDF-p. 52   TP-Destination-Address (TP-DA)   TP-Protocol-Identifier (TP-PID)   TP-Data-Coding-Scheme (TP-DCS)   PDF-p. 54   TP-Service-Centre-Time-Stamp (TP-SCTS)   TP-Validity-Period (TP-VP)      Up   TP-Discharge-Time (TP-DT)   TP-Recipient-Address (TP-RA)   PDF-p. 56   TP-Status (TP-ST)   TP-User-Data-Length (TP-UDL)   PDF-p. 57   TP-Reply-Path (TP-RP)   TP-Message-Number (TP-MN)   TP-Command-Type (TP-CT)      Up   TP-Command-Data-Length (TP-CDL)   PDF-p. 58   TP-Command-Data (TP-CD)   TP-Failure-Cause (TP-FCS)   TP-User-Data-Header-Indicator (TP-UDHI)   PDF-p. 60   TP-User Data (TP-UD)   TP-Reject-Duplicates (TP-RD)      Up   TP-Status-Report-Qualifier (TP-SRQ)   PDF-p. 70   TP-Parameter-Indicator (TP-PI)
9.3   Service provided by the SM-RL
10   Fundamental procedures within the point-to-point SMS   PDF-p. 73
11   Mapping of error causes between RP layers   PDF-p. 92
A   Protocol stacks for interconnecting SCs and MSCs   PDF-p. 95      Up
B   Information now contained in GSM 03.38   PDF-p. 96
C   Short message information flow   PDF-p. 97
D   Mobile Station reply procedures   PDF-p. 115
E   Change History   PDF-p. 118