The ISDN user part is the signalling system No. 7 protocol which provides the signalling functions required to support basic bearer services and supplementary services for voice and non-voice applications in an integrated services digital network.

The ISDN user part is also suited for application in dedicated telephone and circuit switched data networks and in analogue and mixed analogue/digital networks. In particular, the ISDN user part meets the requirements defined by the ITU-T for worldwide international semi-automatic and automatic telephone and circuit switched data traffic.

The ISDN user part is furthermore suitable for national applications. Most signalling procedures, information elements and message types specified for international use are also required in typical national applications. Moreover, coding space has been reserved in order to allow national Administrations and recognized operating agencies to introduce network specific signalling messages and elements of information within the internationally standardized protocol structure.