SS7 Point Code

Like IP addresses in TCP/IP networks, point codes in SS7 networks identify individual network elments. Every element needs adress (a point code). Every link is considered point-to-point, but could be estabilshed from diffrent elements of SS7 Network, so it could be named from A-Link (B-Link..., C-Link) to F-Link. In most cases you either use A-Link or F-Link.

Identification of international SS7 SP's(Signalling Points) is done using a
Network Indicator NI=00 in the MTP(Message Transfer Part). Instead of our
24bit point code system, ISPCs (International Signalling Point Codes) are
only 14bit.

ISPC Format:
| N M L | K J I H G F E D | C B A |
| 3bits | 8bits | |
| Signalling Area Network Code (SANC) | SP ID* |
| International Signalling Point Code (ISPC) |

  • SP ID= Signalling Point Identification

The first three most significant bits (NML) have a range of 0 to 7
The following eight bits (K-D) have a range of 000 to 255
The fields(bits) NML and K-D represent the SANC.

The three least significant bits (CBA) with a range of 0 to 7 identifies
an SP when combined with the SANC. This is an ISPC. (ex, 3-133-7)

An IP address is a four byte (each has 8 bits) integer (so 32 bit in total), noted for convinence like that:


or in decimal

7 + 133*8 + 3 * 4096 = 12288 (dec)

or hex:

3000 (hex)

in * you could use either the ISPC format ( so A-B-C) or decimal ( N ).

Telcordia Technologies is responsible for the administration and assignment of SS7 point codes in the United States and other North American Numbering Plan NANP countries.

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Created by: admin, Last modification: Sun 03 of Jan, 2010 (17:49 UTC) by krzys
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