5G FR1 Frequency Bands

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Editorial Team - everything RF

Feb 1, 2021

5G FR1 (Frequency Range 1) consists of Sub-6 GHz frequency bands allocated to 5G. Ever since the introduction of GSM, there has been an increasing demand for additional frequency bands. GSM/UMTS mostly utilized 900 and 1800 MHz frequency bands while 4G LTE utilized frequencies of up to 6 GHz. With 5G, even higher frequency bands have been allocated for operation with bands going up to 39 GHz and higher.

However, not every frequency in between is being utilized for 5G deployment. Sub-6 GHz frequencies (low/mid-band) have been classified as Frequency Range 1 (FR1) and frequencies higher than 24 GHz (mmWave) are classified as Frequency Range 2 (FR2). Networks operating on FR1 may not provide the absolute best 5G performance, but they provide a decent balance between range and performance.

Frequency Range 1 (FR1)

FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) Frequency Bands

Band

Duplex Mode

Uplink
 (MHz)

Downlink (MHz)

Bandwidth (MHz)

n1

FDD

1920 – 1980

2110 – 2170

60

n2

FDD

1850 – 1910

1930 – 1990

60

n3

FDD

1710 – 1785

1805 – 1880

75

n5

FDD

824 – 849

869 – 894

25

n7

FDD

2500 – 2570

2620 – 2690

70

n8

FDD

880 – 915

925 – 960

35

n12

FDD

699 – 716

729 – 746

17

n14

FDD

788 – 798

758 – 768

20

n18

FDD

815 – 830

860 – 875

15

n20

FDD

832 – 862

791 – 821

30

n25

FDD

1850 – 1915

1930 – 1995

65

n28

FDD

703 – 748

758 – 803

45

n30

FDD

2305 – 2315

2350 – 2360

10

n65

FDD

1920 – 2010

2110 – 2200

90

n66

FDD

1710 – 1780

2110 – 2200

90

n70

FDD

1695 – 1710

1995 – 2020

25

n71

FDD

663 – 698

617 – 652

35

n74

FDD

1427 – 1470

1475 – 1518

43

n91

FDD

832 – 862

1427 – 1432

-

n92

FDD

832 – 862

1432 – 1517

-

n93

FDD

880 – 915

1427 – 1432

-

n94

FDD

880 – 915

1432 – 1517

-


TDD (Time Division Duplex) Frequency Bands

Band

Duplexing Mode

Uplink/Downlink (MHz)

Total Bandwidth (MHz)

n34

TDD

2010 – 2025

15

n38

TDD

2570 – 2620

50

n39

TDD

1880 – 1920

40

n40

TDD

2300 – 2400

100

n41

TDD

2496 – 2690

194

n48

TDD

3550 – 3700

150

n50

TDD

1432 – 1517

85

n51

TDD

1427 – 1432

5

n77

TDD

3300 – 4200

900

n78

TDD

3300 – 3800

500

n79

TDD

4400 – 5000

600

n90

TDD

2496 – 2690

194


Supplementary Downlink Bands (SDL) & Supplementary Uplink Bands (SUL)

Band

Duplexing Mode

Uplink (MHz)

Downlink (MHz)

Total Bandwidth (MHz)

n29

SDL

-

717 – 728

11

n75

SDL

-

1432 – 1517

85

n76

SDL

-

1427 – 1432

5

n80

SUL

1710 – 1785

-

75

n81

SUL

880 – 915

-

35

n82

SUL

832 – 862

-

30

n83

SUL

703 – 748

-

45

n84

SUL

1920 – 1980

-

60

n86

SUL

1710 – 1780

-

70

n89

SUL

824 – 849

-

25

n95

SUL

2010 – 2025

-

15

5G was developed to bring a new era of internet speed, latency, and a host of other improvements. It is expected to achieve a record number of subscribers in the coming years and with ever increasing usage of mobile communications comes the necessity of additional frequency bands.

Click here to learn about FR2 Frequency bands.

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Click here for the complete 5G NR frequency bands.