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5G: Is 5G network going to use GTP based user plane between NG-RAN and UPF or something else ?

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LTE network uses GTP-U based interface between eNodeB and SGW to transport user data, Is 5G network going to similar GTP based user plane between NG-RAN and UPF ?

posted Feb 27, 2018 by Harshita

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As per NG-AP specification for interface (N2), it seems that 5G network is going to use GTP-U based transport mechanism. If you go through the definition of messages related to PDU session establishment, transport layer is of type GTP tunnel (transport layer address + GTP-TEID).

answer Feb 28, 2018 by Vikram Singh
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