- General Communication Channel
GCC (General Communication Channel) was defined by
G.709is in-band channel used to carry management and signaling information within OTN elements.
Two types of GCC are available:
*GCC0 - two bytes within
OTUkoverhead. GCC0 is terminated at every 3R (Re-shaping, Re-timing, Re-amplification) point and used to carry GMPLSsignaling protocol and/or management information.
*GCC1/2- four bytes (each of two bytes) within
ODUkoverhead. These bytes are used for client end-to-end information and shouldn't be touched by the OTN equipment.
In contrast to
SONETwhere Data Communication Channel(DCC) has constant bandwidth (b/w), GCC b/w depends on line rate. For example GCC0 b/w in case of OTU1 is ~333Kb/s as for OTU2 its b/w is ~1.3Mb/s.
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