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ETSI publishes specification for 5G in transport

05/12/18

Mark Say Managing Editor

European standards organisation ETSI has published a next generation protocol to support the use of 5G services in transport.

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The GS NGP 013 standard comes in a new report, Recommendation for New Transport Technologies, which provides high level guidance on the architectural features required for new 5G applications in the sector.

It promises to support the development of transport solutions as part of the evolution of smart places.

The report describes network slicing – one of the services proposed for 5G – and the design principles behind it, as well as the resources used by services in network slices to provide sharing of physical networks across multiple administrative and technology domains with the capacity for each user being assured.

John Grant, chairman of the ETS Next Generation Protocol Industry Specification Group, said: “Current IP protocols for core and access networks need to evolve and offer a much better service to mobile traffic than the current TCP/IP based technology.

“Our specifications offer solutions that are compatible with both IPv4 and IPv6, providing an upgrade path to the more efficient and responsive systems that is needed to support 5G.”

A further specification covers Flexilink deterministic packet forwarding. It specifies user plane packet formats and routing mechanisms that allow core and access networks to support the new services proposed for 5G.

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