HLR Lookup

HLR Lookup is a common name for an SS7 application method called SRI_SM. 

The method is used to obtain the necessary routing information required to initiate communication.  It has been widely used to obtain subscriber personal information.

HLR Lookup has been used for a wide range of applications.  In recent years, controls have been introduced to protect networks from fraud and protect subscribers from privacy breaches as well as identity theft. 

Roaming status, roamed country, SIM identifiers and subscriber status are now mostly blocked.  HLR Lookup still supports basic number validation and low volume message routing applications.

Key features

MCC/MNC Lookup

Provides MCC/MNC for time sensitive applications where intraday porting is highly likely. For example, provisioning SMS messages to new subscribers. 

Mobile telephone number validation

Perform basic mobile telephone number validation by checking if a given number is live in a mobile network.

 

How it Works

Most HLR Lookup providers have access to a limited set of network operators. Obtaining complete country access and global coverage requires aggregation of service providers at a network operator level.  Moreover, the network access of HLR Lookup providers can be subject to change without notice due to the filtering techniques used by mobile operators to protect their networks and subscribers.

XConnect’s Number Portability Query Live (NPQ-Live) service is powered by a mesh of the world’s best HLR Lookup providers.  XConnect aggregates services at a network level and proactively tests each provider’s access on a daily basis so as to ensure the best coverage and consistency.  To assure long term stability and service consistency, XConnect has adopted privacy-by-design principles so as to support services with a clear legal basis. 

Access to the service is via a simple, secure, scalable, and real-time query interface using enum or https.

Comparing Different HLR Lookup Providers

HLR Lookups came to market as a by product of A2P SMS messaging and over time the scope of use and efficacy claims has evolved.  The truth is, despite claims, HLR Lookups have limited applications.  Coverage and performance limitations prevent widespread use for routing, privacy controls curtail application for marketing and fraud prevention, and limited customer support can make the service unreliable for enterprise use.  However, HLR Lookups do fulfil valuable market requirements provided that measures are taken to overcome limitations.

What is unique about XConnect's HLR Lookup service?

In 2019, XConnect developed a new HLR Lookup service because many existing solutions had limited coverage, were unreliable and made false claims about their capabilities.

An HLR Lookup service should have consistent coverage and accuracy, be clear about the use-cases it can and cannot support, as well as be professionally supported so that customers can use it with confidence.  XConnect’s NPQ-Live service is powered by HLR Lookups and XConnect’s proprietary number range data.

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