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Comparison of Provider Backbone Bridging, TRILL, GRE and GTP-U for 5G to support Time Sensitive Industrial Applications

  • Gebert J.
  • Wich A.

The support of industrial communication is one of the new services targeted by 5G. This includes use cases like discrete automation, process automation and intelligent transport systems, which have strong requirements on ultra-reliability and low latency. In contrast to many other IP based services, the industrial services are typically Ethernet based. For an efficient support of such Ethernet based services, this paper analyses alternatives to 3GPPs GTP-U/UDP/IP based user plane tunneling used on various interfaces inside the core, the access and between access and core. The proposal of this paper is to avoid an IP-based tunneling below the Ethernet end-to-end layer and use instead Ethernet-over-Ethernet. Ethernet over Ethernet can be realized by using IEEE Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) or the IETF TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL). This paper compares the GTP-U, PBB and TRILL approach and gives a recommendation on which alternative to use.

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