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5G: What is the role of Xn interface between next generation radio network nodes ?

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5G: What is the role of Xn interface between next generation radio network nodes ?
posted Jan 3, 2018 by Ganesh

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Xn interface in the 5G RAN is as same as X2 interface of LTE RAN. It enables communication between the following nodes:
- ng-eNB and ng-eNB
- ng-eNB and gNB
- gNB and gNB

It is divided into control and user plane. Control plane of this interface uses SCTP as transport and it is mainly used for UE mobility, context transfer, RAN paging, Dual connectivity and interface management. The user plane part of Xn interface provides data forwarding and flow control. The user plane is based on GTP-U protocol stack.

answer Jan 28, 2018 by Vikram Singh
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