GPRS Tunneling Protocol (GTP)

The overview page for GTP content including navigation links for everything about GTP.
Mobile network operators use the GPRS Tunneling Protocol (GTP) on various interfaces in roaming and Radio Access Network (RAN) deployments and within the packet core in 3G and 4G networks. GTP allows mobile subscribers to use their phones (user equipment) to maintain a connection to a Packet Data Network (PDN) for internet access while on the move.
GTP uses tunnels to allow two GPRS support nodes (GSNs) to communicate over a GTP-based interface and to separate traffic into different communication flows. GTP creates, modifies, and deletes tunnels for transporting IP payloads between the user equipment, the GPRS support nodes (GSNs) in the GPRS backbone network and the internet. GTP comprises three types of traffic—control plane (GTP-C), user plane (GTP-U), and charging (GTP’ derived from GTP-C) traffic. Enabling GTP security on the Palo Alto Networks® firewall allows you to statefully inspect, validate, filter, and perform security checks on GTPv2-C, GTPv1-C and GTP-U protocol messages.

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