5G NR (New Radio) Frequency Bands

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Recently, 3GPP has freezes specification for 5G NR and TS 38.104 section 5.2 provides the list of bands in which NR (New Radio) can operate. As per 3GPP release 15 , these frequency bands are desingated for different frequency ranges (FR) and current specification (Release) defines them as FR1 and FR2. Below table shows the corresponding frequency range for each FR.

Frequency Range Designation Corresponding Frequency Range
FR1 450 MHz – 6000 MHz
FR2 24250 MHz – 52600 MHz

NR Bands Classification

Apart from FR (frequency range) NR bands can be classified into three into categories

  • Frequency Division Duplex Bands (FDD)
  • Time Division Duplex Bands (TDD)
  • Supplementary Bands (SUL) : Downlink Supplement Bands & Uplink Supplement Bands

NR has introduced a new notation for band which starts with “n” e.g. Band 20 is noted as n20 where in LTE it was termed as B20.

NR Operating Bands in FR1 (450 MHz – 6000 MHz)

NR FR1 Band Band Alias Uplink (UL) Operating Band
BS Receive / UE Transmit         FUL_low   –  FUL_high
Downlink (DL) Operating Band
BS Transmit / UE Receive             FDL_low   –  FDL_high
 Bandwidth Duplex Mode
n1  2100 1920 MHz – 1980 MHz 2110 MHz – 2170 MHz  60 MHz FDD
n2  1900 PCS 1850 MHz – 1910 MHz 1930 MHz – 1990 MHz  60 MHz FDD
n3  1800 1710 MHz – 1785 MHz 1805 MHz – 1880 MHz  75 MHz FDD
n5  850 824 MHz – 849 MHz 869 MHz – 894 MHz  25 MHz FDD
n7  2600 2500 MHz – 2570 MHz 2620 MHz – 2690 MHz  70 MHz FDD
n8  900 880 MHz – 915 MHz 925 MHz – 960 MHz  35 MHz FDD
n20  800 832 MHz – 862 MHz 791 MHz – 821 MHz  30 MHz FDD
n28  700 APT 703 MHz – 748 MHz 758 MHz – 803 MHz  45 MHz FDD
n38  TD 2600 2570 MHz – 2620 MHz 2570 MHz – 2620 MHz  50 MHz TDD
n41  TD 2500 2496 MHz – 2690 MHz 2496 MHz – 2690 MHz  194 MHz TDD
n50  TD 1500+ 1432 MHz – 1517 MHz 1432 MHz – 1517 MHz  85 MHz TDD
n51  TD 1500- 1427 MHz – 1432 MHz 1427 MHz – 1432 MHz  5 MHz TDD
n66  AWS-3 1710 MHz – 1780 MHz 2110 MHz – 2200 MHz  70/90 MHz FDD
n70  AWS-4 1695 MHz – 1710 MHz 1995 MHz – 2020 MHz  15/25 MHz FDD
n71  600 663 MHz – 698 MHz 617 MHz – 652 MHz  35 MHz FDD
n74  L-Band 1427 MHz – 1470 MHz 1475 MHz – 1518 MHz  43 MHz FDD
n75  DL 1500+ N/A 1432 MHz – 1517 MHz  85 MHz SDL
n76  DL 1500- N/A 1427 MHz – 1432 MHz  5 MHz SDL
n77  TD 3700 3300 MHz – 4200 MHz 3300 MHz – 4200 MHz  900 MHz TDD
n78  TD 3500 3300 MHz – 3800 MHz 3300 MHz – 3800 MHz  500 MHz TDD
n79  TD 4500 4400 MHz – 5000 MHz 4400 MHz – 5000 MHz  600 MHz TDD
n80  UL 1800 1710 MHz – 1785 MHz N/A  75 MHz SUL
n81  UL 900 880 MHz – 915 MHz N/A  35 MHz SUL
n82  UL 800 832 MHz – 862 MHz N/A  30 MHz SUL
n83  UL 700 703 MHz – 748 MHz N/A  45 MHz SUL
n84  UL 2100 1920 MHz – 1980 MHz N/A  60 MHz SUL

NR Operating Bands in FR2

NR FR2 Band  Band Alias Uplink (UL) Operating Band
BS Receive / UE Transmit         FUL_low   –  FUL_high
Downlink (DL) Operating Band
BS Transmit / UE Receive             FDL_low   –  FDL_high
Bandwidth Duplex Mode
n257  28 GHz  26500 MHz – 29500 MHz 26500 MHz – 29500 MHz  3000 MHz TDD
n258  26 GHz  24250 MHz – 27500 MHz 24250 MHz – 27500 MHz  3250 MHz TDD
n260  39 GHz  37000 MHz – 40000 MHz 37000 MHz – 40000 MHz  3000 MHz TDD