TAC intelligence

TAC intelligence

For mobile network operators, service providers, and phone recyclers, Type Allocation Codes (TACs) are a valuable tool in device tracking. Our TAC intelligence takes these unassuming little 8-digit wonders transforms them into fountains of insight to power your business.

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Why use TAC intelligence?

To win in the mobile network game, you need to keep technology working and customers happy. This can all hinge on the quality of your data.

When you rely on a single data source, things can start to unravel. It's common for providers to repackage manufacturer's pre-production device data or data scraped from the web without verifying its integrity. As a result, TAC data is often inaccurate, incomplete, or out of date.

This leaves your business exposed to long-standing problems, like TACs that are duplicated across multiple devices, unauthorized TACs that are actively used by manufacturers, or TACs for devices that are no longer active (or were never even launched).

Mobile compatibility problems and other customer issues can strike at any time. With the wild variation in specifications and functions of devices today, troubleshooting technical hiccups can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Thankfully, TAC intelligence solves these problems and many more.

What is TAC intelligence?

What is TAC intelligence?

A Type Allocation Code (TAC) is the first eight digits of a mobile device's 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. Each code is like a fingerprint – a unique identity for every model of wireless phone used on a Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) network.

TAC codes only apply to GSM wireless devices with a SIM card – desktop computers, Wi-Fi-only tablets, and CDMA-only devices didn't get an invite to this party (and what a party).

In the telecoms industry, network operators and service providers often use TAC data to keep track of SIM devices active on their networks. But here's the "intelligence" bit. When you augment TACs with detailed, dependable data on hundreds of corresponding device properties, the business possibilities get a whole lot more interesting. Properties like the price, release date, chipsets, video support, radio spectrum, and standards bring an additional dimension to any analysis.

Here are some of the things you could use it for.

Your customer service team can troubleshoot specific device features with ease, thanks to comprehensive device data, indexed by TAC. Create quicker resolutions, better experiences, and more upselling opportunities.

Understand customer behavior with device-specific insight, improving results through sharper targeting. Optimize content by screen size, tailor promotions by device price and age, or target devices with higher average revenue per user.

Know which devices are actively accessing your network and which are performing best. Analyze usage patterns to engineer strategic changes that maximize network performance and efficiency.

Network operators and vendors, insurers, and recycling companies are increasingly using TAC to enhance cybersecurity. You can use TAC intelligence to help authenticate devices and prevent fraud.

Before TAC intelligence
Before TAC intelligence

Eight little digits with a humble calling in life.

After TAC intelligence
After TAC intelligence

A brilliant, unique source of insight into device performance and customer behavior.

How does TAC intelligence work?

Want to give your network real-time TAC superpowers? It just takes a clever piece of API code. Here's how it works.



Each TAC generated by users on your network is mapped against detailed device data.

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You get useful insights into network traffic based on more than 200 verified data points.

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These insights help you get better business results across your organization.

98.73 %

Active TACs covered

2.59 %

Duplicate TACs identified

TAC intelligence done right

What makes 51Degrees TAC Intelligence the smart choice?

With 150 new smart device models landing in people's hands (not to mention energy meters and other IoT-connected devices) it's never been more important to stay on top of your game. Every day, we manually research and map TAC data to cover device profiles and more than device properties, carefully indexing by user agents and native application keys to give you a single, unified database you can bet your business on.

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  • Unmatched accuracy. Because all our data is verifiable against multiple authoritative sources, we give you confidence others can't.
  • Reliable coverage. Our database covers 98.73 % of active devices (all that are currently significant and verifiable in the real world).
  • Seamless integration. Choose data formats that fit perfectly into your existing analytics and business intelligence tools.
  • Complete solution. Our unified database is indexed for TAC, web, and apps, for use over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
  • Trusted source. We check whether pre-release device specifications change on release, so your data is always true.
  • No surprises. Know every device registered against a TAC, including the 2.59 % of TAC data that's linked to multiple devices.

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