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UMTS frequency bands

UMTS-FDD

UMTS-FDD is designed to operate in the following paired bands:

Operating Band Frequency Band Common Name UL Frequencies UE transmit (MHz) DL Frequencies UE receive (MHz) Channel Number (UARFCN) UL Channel Number (UARFCN) DL Region
I 2100 IMT 1920 - 1980 2110 - 2170 9612 - 9888 10562 - 10838 Europe, Asia, Oceania, Brazil
II 1900 PCS 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 North America (AT&T, Bell Mobility, Telus, Rogers), Latin America
III 1800 DCS 1710 - 1785 1805 - 1880 937 - 1288 1162 - 1513 Europe, Asia, Oceania
IV 1700 AWS 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 USA (T-Mobile), Canada (WIND Mobile, Mobilicity, Videotron)
V 850 CLR 824 - 849 869 - 894 4132 - 4233 additional 782, 787, 807, 812, 837, 862 4357 - 4458 additional 1007, 1012, 1032, 1037, 1062, 1087 Americas (AT&T, Bell Mobility, Telus, Rogers), Oceania (Telstra, Telecom NZ)
VI 800   830 - 840 875 - 885 4162 - 4188 additional 812, 837 4387 - 4413 additional 1037, 1062 Japan (NTT docomo)
VII 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 Europe (future)
VIII 900 GSM 880 - 915 925 - 960 2712 - 2863 2937 - 3088 Europe[1], Asia, Oceania (Optus, Vodafone AU, Vodafone NZ), Venezuela (DIGITEL)
IX 1700   1749.9 - 1784.9 1844.9 - 1879.9 8762 - 8912 9237 - 9387 Japan (E Mobile, NTT docomo)
X 1700   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  
XI 1500   1427.9 - 1447.9 1475.9 - 1495.9 3487 - 3562 3712 - 3787  
XII 700 SMH 698 - 716 728 - 746 3612–3678 additional 3702, 3707, 3732, 3737, 3762, 3767 3837–3903 additional 3927, 3932, 3957, 3962, 3987, 3992 USA (future) (lower SMH blocks A/B/C)
XIII 700 SMH 777 - 787 746 - 756 3792–3818 additional 3842, 3867 4017–4043 additional 4067, 4092 USA (future) (upper SMH block C)
XIV 700 SMH 788 - 798 758 - 768 3892–3918 additional 3942, 3967 4117–4143 additional 4167, 4192 USA (future) (upper SMH block D)

UMTS-TDD

UMTS-TDD is designed to operate in the following bands:

Frequencies (MHz) Channel Number (UARFCN)
1900 - 1920 9512 - 9588
2010 - 2025 10062 - 10113
1850 - 1910 9262 - 9538
1930 - 1990 9662 - 9938
1910 - 1930 9562 - 9638
2570 - 2620 12862 - 13088

[edit] Frequency bands deployment

In general, the various UMTS bands are deployed as follows:

  • Band I (W-CDMA 2100) in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia (all carriers' metropolitan networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1) and Brazil (part of ITU Region 2)
  • Band II (W-CDMA 1900) in North America and South America (ITU Region 2)
  • Band IV (W-CDMA 1700 or Advanced Wireless Services) in the United States (T-Mobile USA) and Canada (WIND Mobile, Mobilicity)
  • Band V (W-CDMA 850) in Australia (Telstra NextG Network), New Zealand (XT Mobile Network), Brazil, Canada, the USA, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, other parts of South America, Israel[2], parts of Asia (ITU Region 2 and ITU Region 3), Poland
  • Band VIII (W-CDMA 900) in Europe, Asia, Australia (Optus and Vodafone regional/country 3G networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1 and ITU Region 3), and Venezuela (Corporación Digitel, C.A.)

[edit] Multi-band

Today, most mobiles support multiple bands as used in different countries to facilitate roaming. These are typically referred to as multi-band phones. Dual-band phones can cover networks in pairs such as 2100/900 (bands I/VIII) in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Oceania or 1900/850MHz (bands II/V) in North and South America. With the recent release of AWS spectrum (band IV) in North America, the dual-band combo of 1700/2100 is also becoming popular there.

European/Asian tri-band phones typically cover the 900, 1800 and 2100MHz bands giving good coverage in Europe and allowing very limited use in North America, while North American tri-band phones utilize 850, 1900 and 2100MHz for widespread North & South American service and good coverage for worldwide use thanks to the popularity of the 2100MHz spectrum. AWS versions of phones support normally 900/1700/2100 allowing for North American coverage on AWS enabled networks and roaming coverage on 2100MHz and on forthcoming 900MHz overlays in Europe and Asia.

Most UMTS phones also operate on GSM as well, supporting EDGE to ensure data coverage where HSPA still lacks coverage. Note however, that while a phone may have overlapping GSM & UMTS frequency support, being tri-band/quad-band in GSM/GPRS/EDGE does not imply the same support for UMTS, as was the case with many early 2100MHz-only UMTS devices.

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