This TS defines the interface between the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) and the Mobile Equipment (ME) for use during the network operation phase of GSM as well as those aspects of the internal organization of the SIM which are related to the network operation phase. This is to ensure interoperability between a SIM and an ME independently of the respective manufacturers and operators.
The concept of a split of the Mobile Station (MS) into these elements as well as the distinction between the GSM network operation phase, which is also called GSM operations, and the administrative management phase are described in TS 42.017. The requirements for the physical characteristics of the SIM, the electrical signals and the transmission protocols are all defined in accordance with the TS 31.101
except when stated otherwise in this TS.