GSMA Device Database

GSMA Device Database

Direct access to the TAC Data you need for device validation, device analytics, network optimisation and more.

With over 10,000 device models launched every year, keeping track of accurate TAC (Type Allocation Code) and IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier) is highly complex. GSMA Device Database lets you identify the manufacturer and model, as well as other characteristics of a mobile device from its TAC / IMEI number.

GSMA issue the TAC used to identify device types, which all devices require. Then the device manufacturer adds a further 7 digits to produce the IMEI (identifying the unique device, not just the type). During this process, we collect data from all device manufacturers, which is collated to create Device Database. Significantly, this is updated by manufacturers in real-time, so the data is always accurate.

GSMA Device Database can be used across many business applications.

For example:

  • Identifying the type of device in use by its TAC or IMEI, to offer appropriate services or customer offers
  • Help in remote management of devices for software and configuration
  • Clarifying network resource usage by device
  • Identifying operating systems
  • Ensuring devices are legitimately registered by the true manufacturer

More data points on devices that support 4G and 5G have recently been added to GSMA Device Database. Giving you more intelligence on their connection capabilities.

For instance:

  • Uplink/Downlink speeds, so you know which devices can support super-fast speeds
  • MIMO support (Multiple Input Multiple Output) identifies device capability to support multiple simultaneous connections
  • QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) levels identify the data density within the bandwidth. So you can see the connections the device can support. This data can show if a device is slow on your network because it hasn’t got the right QAM combination. Therefore it can’t use the extra capacity that’s there
  • Carrier Aggregation Bands identify whether the device can support more bandwidth to the connection, in the form of additional frequency blocks

The new data enables improved capacity planning, based on the proportion of subscriber devices supporting the different technologies. As well as real-time adjustments to capacity, based on devices’ capabilities.

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