SMSCB is a service in which short messages may be broadcast from a PLMN to Mobile Stations (MS)s. SMSCB messages come from different sources (e.g. traffic reports, weather reports).
The source and subject of the SMSCB message is identified by a message identifier in the SMSCB message header. A sequence number in the SMSCB message header enables the MS to determine when a new message from a given source is available.
SMSCB messages are not acknowledged by the MS. Reception of SMSCB messages by the MS is only possible in idle mode. The geographical area over which each SMSCB message is transmitted is selected by the PLMN operator, by agreement with the provider of the information.
A SMSCB message is an end-to-end message that is formatted by/for the SMSCB application, and which is intended for customer viewing. Its format is described in detail in TS 03.41
. A CB message is any message sent on the basic or extended CBCH (see
). It can be an occurrence of a SMSCB message, or a schedule message.
The SMS Cell Broadcast service is designed to minimize the battery usage requirements for a MS. A MS can read the first part of a CB message and then decide whether or not to read the rest of the message. In addition, the network may broadcast Schedule Messages, providing information in advance about the CB messages that will be sent immediately afterwards. The MS may use this scheduling information to restrict reception to those messages the customer is interested in receiving. This SMSCB DRX feature is optional in the network and the MS.