Dec 11

Frequency Bands

Below is the list of commonly used frequency bands for 2G (GSM), 3G (WCDMA/UMTS), and 4G (LTE):

 

2G (GSM) BANDS

BAND
FREQUENCY
(MHz)
2 1900
3 1800
5 850
8 900


 
3G (WCDMA/UMTS) BANDS

BAND
FREQUENCY
(MHz)
1 2100
2 1900
3 1800
4 1700
5 850
6 800
7 2600
8 900
9 1700
10 1700
11 1500
12 700
13 700
14 700
19 800
20 800
21 1500
22 3500
25 1900


 
4G (FDD-LTE) BANDS

BAND
FREQUENCY
(MHz)
1 2100
2 1900
3 1800
4 1700
5 850
7 2600
8 900
9 1800
11 1500
12 700
13 700
17 700
18 800
19 800
20 800
25 1900
26 800
28 700
29 700
30 2300
31 450
32 1500


 
4G (TDD-LTE) BANDS

BAND
FREQUENCY
(MHz)
33 2100
34 2100
35 1900
36 1900
37 1900
38 2600
39 1900
40 2300
41 2500 (US, Japan)
2600 (China)
42 3500
43 3600


 

2 comments

    • Giovanni on December 13, 2016 at 10:27 am
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    Hi
    I am shopping for a phone to use in Canada and am curious about the 2 types of LTE bands. What is the difference? Also almost none of the phones have the 700 ( building penetrating). Is that a big deal?
    Thanks

    1. Hello Giovanni! TDD-LTE is supported mainly in China while FDD-LTE is used by the rest of the countries in the world.

      Compatibility with 700MHz is not essential although it has advantages. While it is true that it has better in-building penetration and has wider coverage, it benefits the telecom companies more than it does the consumers. With lower frequencies like 700 MHz, network providers do not need to build more towers, unlike with high frequencies which need more cell sites to cover an area.

      However, a number of users simultaneously streaming video in a coverage area consumes the cell site capacity and diminishes the performance. This is true for both low and high frequencies. To improve the quality, network operators need to add more cell sites to meet the growing demand.

      Anyway, most usage of mobile broadband networks occur in densely-populated areas in which networks have been designed for capacity rather than coverage. In this case, there is no significant difference between low and high frequencies in terms of performance.

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