IEEE1588v2 (also known as Precision Time Protocol, or PTP) is an industry-standard protocol that enables the precise transfer of frequency and time to synchronize clocks over packet-based Ethernet networks.
The locally available clock on each network device synchronizes with a grandmaster clock by exchanging timestamps that contain sub-nanosecond granularity. This allows them to deliver very high accuracy to ensure the stability of base station frequency and handovers. The timestamps between master and slave devices are exchanged through PTP event packets. The ExtremeXOS 1588v2 implementation uses the IPv4/UDP transport mechanism PTP packets.
NoteThe Precision Time Protocol is currently available only for ExtremeXOS 31.2 and earlier releases on ExtremeSwitching X460-G2 and X670-G2 series switches. For these routers, accurate synchronization of base stations to nanoseconds accuracy is critical to minimize service disruptions and eliminate dropped connections as calls move between adjacent cells.