The mobile switching center (MSC) is
|“||[a]n automatic switching system that constitutes the interface for user traffic between the cellular network and public switched networks or other MSCs in the same or different cellular networks.||”|
The mobile switching center is typically split into a mobile switching center server and a media gateway, and incorporates the bearer independent call control (BICC). The MSC routes the communications to another subscribing wireless unit via a BSC/base station path or via the PSTN/Internet/other network to terminating destination.
- Overview section: The Broadband Availability Gap, OBI Technical Paper No 1, Glossary, at 134 (full-text).