ITU Frequency Bands

What are the ITU Frequency bands? What are they used for?

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Jul 17, 2021

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an UN agency that ensures rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum by all radio communication services, including those using satellite orbits, and studying. This body addresses issues concerning radio communication systems and aims to conserve spectrum and ensure flexibility for future expansion and new technological developments. 

ITU has letter designated frequency bands for radio and radar usage. We have listed the ITU Bands in the table below.

ITU Band NumberBand NameAbbreviation
1Extremely Low Frequency
ELF3 - 30 Hz
2Super Low Frequency
SLF30 - 300 Hz
3Ultra Low Frequency
ULF300 - 3000 Hz
4Very Low Frequency
VLF3 - 30 kHz
5Low Frequency
LF30 - 300 kHz
6Medium Frequency
MF300 - 3000 kHz
7High Frequency
HF3 - 30 MHz
8Very High Frequency
VHF30 - 300 MHz
9Ultra High Frequency
UHF300 - 3000 MHz
10Super High Frequency
SHF3 - 30 GHz
11Extremely High FrequencyEHF30 - 300 GHz
THz300 - 3000 GHz