short message service center (SMSC)

A short message service center (SMSC) is the portion of a wireless network that handles SMS operations, such as routing, forwarding and storing incoming text messages on their way to desired endpoints. Wireless network operators connect SMSCs through SMS gateways.

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When I look at the settings for messages, there's an entry called "SMSC", on my mobile. It says, "Set the SIM's smsc number". This is followed by a mobile number, which is not mine, that has the option to change the number. When I enter my number, there's a message warning me "Change the smsc may lead to the SMS sending failure." What does this even mean? Does anyone know if your smsc number, should indeed be your current mobile number?
I am not having any issues with messages. I just happened upon this entry, during one of my discovery sessions, in my new mobile.
The SMS gateway acts as a bridge between the application service provider and the mobile network provider through Short Message Service Centre, SMSC.
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