Mobile Station Roaming Number

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A Mobile Station Roaming Number (MSRN) is an E.164 defined telephone number used to route telephone calls in a mobile network from a GMSC (Gateway Mobile Switching Centre) to the target MSC (see Network Switching Subsystem). It can also be defined as a directory number temporarily assigned to a mobile for a mobile terminated call. A MSRN is assigned for every mobile terminated call, not only the calls where the terminating MS lives on a different MSC than the originating MS. Although this seems unnecessary since many vendors' VLR's are integrated with the MSC, the GSM specification indicates that the MSC and VLR (Visitor Location Register) do not need to reside on the same switch. They are considered two different nodes as they have their own routing addresses. i.e.the MSRN is one of the returned parameters into SRI_Response message. In particular the MSRN is used into an MNP scenario (in this case it can be modified as 'RgN + MSISDN').

Another temporary address that hides the identity of a subscriber. The VLR generates this address on request from the MSC,and the address is also stored in the HLR. MSRN contains the current visitor country code(VCC), the visitor national destination code (VNDC), the identification of the current MSC together with the subscriber number. If we have all the MSC working as a GMSC like the latest technologies so what would be the states of the MSRN ? we can use it only for test to route the calls to a specific MSC otherwise we don't need it to use it.

The Mobile Subscriber Roaming Number (MSRN) is a temporarily telephone number assigned to a mobile station which roams into another numbering area. (This is usually another country). This number is needed by the home network to forward incoming calls for the mobile station to the network it visits. It is stored in the Home Location Register (HLR).

This number can be assigned by the visited network upon initial registration, or it can be assigned on a per call basis. In the latter case the number has to be requested by the home network (HLR) for each incoming call before it can forward the call to the visiting network.