Terms and definitions in messaging

Multichannel messaging service is based on a variety of telecommunication and Internet technologies. In the description of services, we often use abbreviations that may not always be known to you. Here we have compiled a glossary of terms and definitions used in the industry.

Destination Operator

The destination operator is the operator to which the subscriber’s handset is attached. In most cases the destination operator is the home network but when a subscriber is roaming, then the destination operator will be the network on which the subscriber is roaming. A HLR lookup is performed by the SMSC prior to delivery to determine the appropriate destination operator the message should be sent to, in order for the message to be delivered to the handset. This means GSM handsets may show up on your bill or invoice associated to the roaming operator.