Submitting Messages Through SMPP
Messages may be submitted with either submit_sm or data_sm, using either the short_message or message_payload fields. The message length may not exceed the byte limit for the network that the message is being sent to.
For example, it takes 140 bytes on GSM networks
- Local Mail SMPP does not support submit_multi. If the same message has to be sent to multiple destinations, each message must be sent separately.
- Concatenated messages are supported by using the User Data Header (UDH), which is included in the message size byte limit
- 1.A positive response to a submit will contain an error code of zero and a non-null message reference.
- 1.Local Mail SMPP supports the following two types of data coding schemes: • GSM 03.38 Encoding (default) • Latin 1 (ISO-8859-1) encoding
The default character set is GSM 338. Although for data_coding=1 the character set GSM 03.38 is supported, it is NOT RECOMMENDED, as it is known to cause problems with character encoding.
Please set data_coding = 3 for ISO-8859-1(if and only if told so explicitly) encoded messages and data_coding=0 for GSM 03.38 encoded messages.
For Unicode messages you have to set data_coding = 8 and the message is expected in UTF-16 Big Endean format.
The default originator type is full International MSISDN. Alpha numeric or network short code originators can be sent by using the following ton values in source_addr_ton field.
• Alphabetic 5 • National / Network Short Code 3 • International MSISDN 1
Destination Address types are not supported. They can be set to any value but are always interpreted as follows
- 1.This requires all the destination numbers to be sent in an international format without the leading 00.
Long Messages, as the name suggests, are messages whose length exceeds the normal length imposed on short messages (160 for text SMS and 70 for Unicode SMS).
In this method, the long message is sent in parts as multiple short messages which are then displayed as a single SMS on the mobile phone.
In this method the client sends the UDH (User Data Header) as part of the short_message field. The UDH contains all the details required for the mobile join the parts and make the complete message at its end. In this method the client has to set the esm_class field in the submit_sm pdu to 0x43 (Store and Forward with UDHI)
Local Mail SMPP can accept a message with a length up to 64K octets.
In this method the client uses the optional message_payload of the submit_sm pdu.
To use this method the client should set the interface_version to 0x34; without which this field will not be available for sending messages.