5G NG Interface Protocol Architecture

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The NG user plane interface (NG-U) is defined between the NG-RAN node and the UPF. The transport network layer is built on IP transport and GTP-U is used on top of UDP/IP to carry the user plane PDUs between the NG-RAN node and the UPF.

NG-U provides non-guaranteed delivery of user plane PDUs between the NG-RAN node and the UPF.

The NG control plane interface (NG-C) is defined between the NG-RAN node and the AMF. The transport network layer is built on IP transport. For the reliable transport of signalling messages, SCTP is added on top of IP. The application layer signalling protocol is referred to as NGAP (NG Application Protocol). The SCTP layer provides guaranteed delivery of application layer messages. In the transport, IP layer point-to-point transmission is used to deliver the signalling PDUs.

NG-C provides the following functions:

-NG interface management;

-UE context management;

-UE mobility management;

-Transport of NAS messages;

-Paging;

-PDU Session Management;

-Configuration Transfer;

-Warning Message Transmission.

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