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International Mobile Subscriber Identity

Overview#

International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) is a Unique Identifier on all Mobile Networks of the End-User by the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and is stored as a 64 bit field and is sent by the phone to the network

International Mobile Subscriber Identity is used to bill and track the Person which ideally is the Identification only known by the Home Location Register.

International Mobile Subscriber Identity is usually replaced by Temporary Mobile Subscriber Identity (TMSI) to prevent eavesdroppers identifying and tracking the End-User on the Mobile Network.

International Mobile Subscriber Identity is used for acquiring other details of the Mobile Device in the Home Location Register (HLR) or as locally copied in the Visitor Location Register.

International Mobile Subscriber Identity is used in any Mobile Network that has an Interconnection with other networks. For GSM, UMTS and LTE networks, this number was provisioned in the SIM card and for cdmaOne and CDMA2000 networks, in the phone directly or in the R-UIM card (the CDMA equivalent of the SIM card). Both cards have been superseded by the UICC.

International Mobile Subscriber Identity to connect Mobile Device calls and communicate with the Mobile Device UICC cards.

The format is:

The International Mobile Subscriber Identity is normally there will be 15 digits but could be fewer due to the MNC or if national regulations indicate that the total length of the IMSI should be less than 15 digits.

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