The Message Transfer Part (MTP) layer of the SS7 protocol provides the routing and network interface capabilities that support SCCP, TCAP, and ISUP. Message Transfer part (MTP) is divided into three levels.
MTP Level 1 (Physical layer) defines the physical, electrical, and functional characteristics of the digital signaling link. Physical interfaces defined include E-1 (2048 kb/s; 32 64 kb/s channels), DS-1 (1544 kb/s; 24 64 kp/s channels), V.35 (64 kb/s), DS-0 (64 kb/s), and DS-0A (56 kb/s).
MTP Level 2 provides the reliability aspects of MTP including error monitoring and recovery. (MTP-2) is a signalling link which together with MTP-3 provides reliable transfer of signalling messages between two directly connected signalling points.
MTP Level 3 provides the link, route, and traffic management aspects of MTP. MTP 3, thus ensures reliable transfer of the signalling messages, even in the case of the failure of the signalling links and signalling transfer points. The protocol therefore includes the appropriate functions and procedures necessary both to inform the remote parts of the signalling network of the consequences of a fault, and appropriately reconfigure the routing of messages through the signalling network.