TRAINING ON *USSD SERVICES* TO ANM /ASHA / State /District

Report
Sh Rajesh Gera, DDG, NIC
19 th June 2014
Vigyan Bhawan
New Delhi
USSD SERVICE
• USSD : Unstructured Supplementary Service Data
(USSD)
• Can be accessed any GSM handset.
• No special app required on mobile handset.
• User dials a short code from their Handset.
• User choose between various options provided in a
menu.
USSD Architechure
• The progress of one session into the next depends on
the user's response.
• USSD messages in English : 150 alphanumeric
characters in length
• USSD messages in local language :45 to 60 characters
in length
• Local language support depended on handset.
• Two-way exchange of a sequence of data mobile
handset and the application
USSD vs SMS
USSD
SMS
Session Based
Store and Forward
Displays directly on
Access SMS through
phone screen
phone menu
Shorter Response Time
Longer Response Time
(60sec)
Is not stored in the
Present in the handset,
handset, is present in
can be stored and
the virtual mobile home
forwarded
environment
Interactivity requires
Menu driven interface
user to send a separate
facilitates interactivity
response SMS
NIC USSD
• Currently Works only on AIRTEL,TATA,BSNL & IDEA
SIM ( prepaid or Post paid)
• *491# is the short code allocated to NIC by the
telecom service providers
• Based on the E-Application which gets integrated ,
USSD short-code is assigned eg : *491*105# for
Agriculture , *491*101# for MCTS health etc.
• There is a time limit of 60sec for sending the
response in a menu and 3 min for the entire session
• If response is not received in 60seconds the USSD
session will be disconnected
Thank You

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