An SS7 point code is similar to an IP address in an IP network. It is a unique address for a node (Signaling Point, or SP), used in MTP layer 3 to identify the destination of a message signal unit (MSU).
In such a message you will find an OPC (Originating Point Code) and a DPC (Destination Point Code); sometimes documents also refer to it as a signaling point code. Depending on the network, a point code can be 24 bits (North America, China), 16 bits (Japan), or 14 bits (ITU standard, International SS7 network and most countries) in length.
Fourteen bit point codes can be written in a number of formats. The most common formats are decimal number, hexadecimal number, or 3-8-3 format (3 most significant bits, 8 middle bits, 3 least significant bits).
Twenty-four bit point codes are written in one of decimal, hexadecimal, or 8-8-8 format.
- OPC Originating Point Code
- DPC Destination Point Code
- ISPC International Signaling Point Code
- ANSI T.111.4/2000, Message Transfer Part.
- ITU-T Recommendation Q.704, Message Transfer Part.