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Definition Edit

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.[1]

Overview Edit

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.

References Edit

  1. Electronic Surveillance in a Digital Age, at 73.

Source Edit

  • Overview section: The Broadband Availability Gap, OBI Technical Paper No 1, Glossary, at 134 (full-text).

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