What is LTE Cat 5?

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May 27, 2024

LTE Cat-5 (LTE Category 5) is an LTE user equipment (UE) category that defines the performance and specifications – such as data rate, power, bandwidth, etc. – of the LTE Cat 5 UEs. LTE Cat 5 UEs support a downlink data rate of 299.6 Mbit/s and an uplink data rate of 75.4 Mbit/s. They support 4x4 MIMO using multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver to provide higher data rates and better performance in wireless communication. These UEs support 4 layers for spatial multiplexing in downlink (DL) and 64-QAM in uplink (UL).

Key Specification of LTE Cat 5 UEs



3GPP Release


Downlink Peak Data Rate

1 Mbit/s

Uplink Peak Data Rate

1 Mbit/s 

Maximum system Bandwidth

20 MHz

Device Transmit Power

23 dBm

Transmission Mode

Half Duplex

Number of antenna(s)

Power saving mode


Number of Downlink MIMO Layers



  • DL-SCH stands for Downlink shared channel,
  • UL-SCH stands for Uplink shared channel,
  • TTI stands for Transmission Time Interval,
  • PDCP stands for Packet Data Convergence Protocol,
  • SDU stands for Service Data Unit.

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