V band

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Not to be confused with UBV photometric system.
IEEE V band
Frequency range
40 – 75 GHz
Wavelength range
7.5 – 4 mm
Related bands

The V band ("vee-band") of the electromagnetic spectrum ranges from 40 to 75 GHz.[1][2] The V band is not heavily used, except for millimeter wave radar research and other kinds of scientific research. It should not be confused with the 600–1000 MHz range of Band-V (band-five) of the UHF frequency range.

The V band is also used for high capacity terrestrial millimeter wave communications systems. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission has allocated the frequency band from 57 to 64 GHz for unlicensed wireless systems.[3] These systems are primarily used for high capacity, short distance (less than 1 mile) communications. In addition, frequencies at 70, 80, and 90 GHz have been allocated as "lightly licensed" bands for multi-gigabit wireless communications. All communications links in the V band require unobstructed line of sight between the transmit and receive point, and rain fade must be taken into account when performing link budget analysis.

Notable uses[edit]

On Dec. 15, 1995 the V band at 60 GHz was used by the world's first crosslink communication between satellites in a constellation. This communication was between the U.S. Milstar 1 and Milstar 2 military satellites.[4] 60 GHz is attractive for secure satellite crosslinks because it allows for high data rates, narrow beams and, lying in a strong absorption band of oxygen, provides protection against intercept by ground-based adversaries.


The Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11ad will utilize the 60 GHz (EHF microwave) spectrum with data transfer rates of up to 7 Gbit/s.

V band for mobile backhaul[edit]

As mobile operators need more and more bandwidth, they are turning to new frequency spectrums to lower their wireless backhaul costs. Both license-exempt V band spectrum (57-66 GHz) and E band spectrum (71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz) have clear technological and economic advantages. The 20 GHz allocated in this spectrum allows multi-Gigabit per second capacities far exceeding the 6-38 GHz bandwidth-limited frequencies.

In the V Band and E band spectrum, wireless systems can utilize the significantly larger allocated spectrum and channels to deliver multi-Gigabit data rates. This enables a simple, robust, and low cost modem and radio design. Thus, V-Band and E-Band, millimeter-wave wireless systems provide significant cost advantages over 6-38 GHz wireless systems – allowing scaling capacity to Gigabit capacities, without additional radio equipment and licensing fees


  1. ^ Leonid A. Belov; Sergey M. Smolskiy; Victor N. Kochemasov (2012). Handbook of RF, Microwave, and Millimeter-Wave Components. Artech House. pp. 27–28. ISBN 978-1-60807-209-5. 
  2. ^ George Kizer (22 May 2013). Digital Microwave Communication: Engineering Point-to-Point Microwave Systems. John Wiley & Sons. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-118-63680-0. 
  3. ^ FCC Rules, Part 15.255
  4. ^ "Milstar II at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems".