UMTS frequency bands

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The UMTS frequency bands are radio frequencies used by third generation (3G) wireless Universal Mobile Telecommunications System networks. They were allocated by delegate to the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC-92) held in Málaga-Torremolinos, Spain between February 3, 1992 and March 3, 1992.[1] Resolution 212 (Rev.WRC-97), adopted at the World Radiocommunication Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1997, endorsed the bands specifically for the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000) specification by referring to S5.388, which states "The bands 1,885-2,025 MHz and 2,110-2,200 MHz are intended for use, on a worldwide basis, by administrations wishing to implement International Mobile Telecommunications 2000 (IMT-2000). Such use does not preclude the use of these bands by other services to which they are allocated. The bands should be made available for IMT-2000 in accordance with Resolution 212 (Rev. WRC-97)." To accommodate the reality that these initially defined bands were already in use in various regions of the world, the initial allocation has been amended multiple times to include other radio frequency bands.[2][3]

UMTS-FDD Frequency bands and channel bandwidths[edit]

UMTS-FDD technology is standardized for usage in the following paired bands:

TS 25.101
Operating band Frequency band Common name UL frequencies UE transmit (MHz) DL frequencies UE receive (MHz) UARFCN
UL channel number
UARFCN
DL channel number
DL to UL frequency separation (MHz) Center frequency range (MHz) UARFCN equation (c = center freq. in MHz)
1 2100 IMT 1920 - 1980 2110 – 2170 9612 – 9888 10562 – 10838 190 2112.4–2167.6, increment = 0.2 5 * c
2 1900 PCS A-F 1850 – 1910 1930 – 1990 9262 – 9538 additional 12, 37, 62, 87, 112, 137, 162, 187, 212, 237, 262, 287 9662 – 9938 additional 412, 437, 462, 487, 512, 537, 562, 587, 612, 637, 662, 687 80 1932.4–1987.6, increment = 0.2
1932.5–1987.5, increment = 5
5 * c
5 * (c - 1850.1 MHz)
3 1800 DCS 1710 – 1785 1805 – 1880 937 – 1288 1162 – 1513 95 1807.4–1877.6, increment = 0.2 5 * (c - 1575 MHz)
4 1700 AWS A-F 1710 – 1755 2110 – 2155 1312 – 1513 additional 1662, 1687, 1712, 1737, 1762, 1787, 1812, 1837, 1862 1537 – 1738 additional 1887, 1912, 1937, 1962, 1987, 2012, 2037, 2062, 2087 400 2112.4–2152.6, increment = 0.2
2112.5–2152.5, increment = 5
5 * (c - 1805 MHz)
5 * (c - 1735.1 MHz)
5 850 CLR 824 – 849 869 – 894 4132 – 4233 additional 782, 787, 807, 812, 837, 862 4357 – 4458 additional 1007, 1012, 1032, 1037, 1062, 1087 45 871.4–891.6, increment = 0.2
871.5, 872.5, 876.5, 877.5, 882.5, 887.5
5 * c
5* (c - 670.1 MHz)
6 800 830 – 840 875 – 885 4162 – 4188 additional 812, 837 4387 – 4413 additional 1037, 1062 45 877.4–882.6, increment = 0.2
877.5, 882.5
5 * c
5 * (c - 670.1 MHz)
7 2600 IMT-E 2500 – 2570 2620 – 2690 2012 – 2338 additional 2362, 2387, 2412, 2437, 2462, 2487, 2512, 2537, 2562, 2587, 2612, 2637, 2662, 2687 2237 – 2563 additional 2587, 2612, 2637, 2662, 2687, 2712, 2737, 2762, 2787, 2812, 2837, 2862, 2887, 2912 120 2622.4–2687.6, increment = 0.2
2622.5–2687.5, increment = 5
5 * (c - 2175 MHz)
5 * (c - 2105.1 MHz)
8 900 E-GSM 880 – 915 925 – 960 2712 – 2863 2937 – 3088 45 927.4–957.6, increment = 0.2 5 * (c - 340 MHz)
9 1700 1749.9 – 1784.9 1844.9 – 1879.9 8762 – 8912 9237 – 9387 95 1847.4–1877.4, increment = 0.2 5 * c
10 1700 EAWS A-G 1710 – 1770 2110 – 2170 2887 – 3163 additional 3187, 3212, 3237, 3262, 3287, 3312, 3337, 3362, 3387, 3412, 3437, 3462 3112 – 3388 additional 3412, 3437, 3462, 3487, 3512, 3537, 3562, 3587, 3612, 3637, 3662, 3687 400 2112.4–2167.6, increment = 0.2
2112.5–2167.5, increment = 5
5 * (c - 1490 MHz)
5 * (c - 1430.1 MHz)
11 1500 LPDC 1427.9 – 1447.9 1475.9 – 1495.9 3487 – 3562 3712 – 3787
12 700 LSMH A/B/C 699 – 716 729 – 746 3617 – 3678 additional 3707, 3732, 3737, 3762, 3767 3842 – 3903 additional 3932, 3957, 3962, 3987, 3992
13 700 USMH C 777 – 787 746 – 756 3792 – 3818 additional 3842, 3867 4017 – 4043 additional 4067, 4092
14 700 USMH D 788 – 798 758 – 768 3892 – 3918 additional 3942, 3967 4117 – 4143 additional 4167, 4192
15 Reserved
16 Reserved
17 (700) Reserved (LSMH B/C) (was 704 – 716) (was 734 – 746)
18 Reserved
19 800 832.4 – 842.6 877.4 – 887.6 312 – 363 additional 387, 412, 437 712 – 763 additional 787, 812, 837
20 800 EUDD 832 – 862 791 – 821 4287 – 4413 4512 – 4638
21 1500 UPDC 1447.9 – 1462.9 1495.9 – 1510.9 462 – 512 862 – 912
22 3500 3410 – 3490 3510 – 3590 4437 – 4813 4662 – 5038
23 Reserved
24 Reserved
25 1900 EPCS A-G 1850 – 1915 1930 – 1995 4887 – 5188 additional 6067, 6092, 6117, 6142, 6167, 6192, 6217, 6242, 6267, 6292, 6317, 6342, 6367 5112 – 5413 additional 6292, 6317, 6342, 6367, 6392, 6417, 6442, 6467, 6492, 6517, 6542, 6567, 6592
26 850 ECLR 814 – 849 859 – 894 5537 – 5688 additional 5712, 5737, 5762, 5767, 5787, 5792, 5812, 5817, 5837, 5842, 5862 5762 – 5913 additional 5937, 5962, 5987, 5992, 6012, 6017, 6037, 6042, 6062, 6067, 6087

Deployments by region (UMTS-FDD)[edit]

Further information: List of UMTS networks

The following table shows the standardized UMTS bands and their regional use. The main UMTS bands are in bold print.

  • Networks on UMTS-bands 1 and 8 are suitable for global roaming in ITU Regions 1, 2 (some countries) and 3.
  • Networks on UMTS-bands 2 and 4 allow roaming in ITU Region 2 (Americas) only.
Operating band Frequency band Common name North America Latin America Europe Asia Africa Oceania
01 2100 IMT No Aruba (SetarNV), Brazil, Costa Rica Yes Yes Yes Yes
02 1900 PCS A-F Yes Yes No No No No
03 1800 DCS No (no deployments) (no deployments) China (China Unicom) (Spectrum
allocated, but no deployments)
(no deployments) (no deployments)
04 1700 AWS A-F USA (T-Mobile US, Cincinnati Bell, i wireless), Canada (Eastlink, Mobilicity, Vidéotron, Wind Mobile) Chile (VTR, Nextel), Colombia (TIGO, Movistar), Uruguay (Ancel), Perú (Movistar, Nextel) No No No No
05 850 CLR Yes Yes No Hong Kong (SmarTone), Israel (Cellcom, Pelephone), Philippines (SMART), Thailand (CAT, DTAC, True Move) No Australia (Telstra, VHA), New Zealand (Spark NZ)
06 800 No No No replaced by band 19 No No
07 2600 IMT-E (no deployments) (no deployments) (no deployments) (no deployments) (no deployments) (no deployments)
08 900 E-GSM / U-900 No Dominican Republic (Orange Dominicana), Paraguay (VOX), Venezuela (Digitel GSM) Yes Hong Kong (CSL, 3), Israel (Orange), Japan (SoftBank Mobile), Malaysia (Maxis), Philippines (Globe), Singapore (M1, SingTel, StarHub), Thailand (AIS), Kuwait (Wataniya) South Africa (Cell C) Australia (Optus, VHA), New Zealand (2degrees, Vodafone NZ)
09 1700 No No No Japan (EMOBILE, NTT docomo) No No
10 1700 EAWS A-G (no deployments) (no deployments) No No No No
11 1500 LPDC No No No Japan (SoftBank Mobile) No No
12 700 LSMH A/B/C USA, Canada
(no deployments)
No No No No No
13 700 USMH C USA, Canada
(no deployments)
No No No No No
14 700 USMH D USA, Canada
(no deployments)
No No No No No
17 700 LSMH B/C initially: USA, Canada
later: Reserved
No No No No No
19 800 No No No Japan (NTT docomo) No No
20 800 EUDD No No (no deployments) No No No
21 1500 UPDC No No No Japan
(no deployments)
No No
22 3500 No No (no deployments) No No No
25 1900 EPCS A-G USA
(no deployments)
No No No No No
26 850 ECLR USA
(no deployments)
No No No No No

UMTS-TDD Frequency bands and channel bandwidths[edit]

UMTS-TDD technology is standardized for usage in the following bands:

Operating band Frequency band Frequency (MHz) UARFCN channel number
A (lower) IMT 1900 – 1920 9504 – 9596
A (upper) IMT 2010 – 2025 10054 – 10121
B (lower) PCS 1850 – 1910 9254 – 9546
B (upper) PCS 1930 – 1990 9654 – 9946
C PCS (Duplex-Gap) 1910 – 1930 9554 – 9646
D IMT-E 2570 – 2620 12854 – 13096
E 2300 – 2400 11504 – 11996
F 1880 – 1920 9404 – 9596

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.itu.int/en/history/radioconferences/Pages/1992-WARC.aspx WARC-92: World Administrative Radio Conference for Dealing with Frequency Allocations in Certain Parts of the Spectrum (Málaga-Torremolinos, 1992)
  2. ^ http://www.3gpp.org/ftp/tsg_sa/TSG_SA/TSGS_08/Docs/PDF/SP-000257.pdf WARC-92 Frequencies for IMT-2000
  3. ^ "WARC-92 Concludes After Strenuous Negotiation". Telecommunication Journal (International Telecommunications Union) 59 (IV): 173. 1992. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 

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