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Mobile Network Code (MNC)


The Mobile Network Code (MNC) is a two- or three-digit code used to identify a specific mobile network operator within a country. These numbers are assigned by national regulators and registered with the International Telecommunications Union.

The MNC is crucial in determining network connections for cell phones in areas with multiple network options, particularly in densely populated urban areas. It is used in conjunction with the Mobile Country Code (MCC) to form the Home Network Identity, a unique identifier for each mobile carrier. Additionally, the MNC is the second part of the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI).

Example of Mobile Network Code in a sentence:

"An IMSI consists of three parts: a three-digit mobile country code, a two- or three-digit mobile network code, and the mobile subscriber identification number."

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