Mid-band Spectrum October 2021 – Executive Summary Report
LTE and 5G Networks: Licensing and Deployments Worldwide, End-September 2021
Many LTE networks have been launched using mid-band spectrum and operators and regulators have come to recognise the value of mid-band spectrum for 5G networks, offering as it does a combination of coverage and capacity.
This report provides a snapshot of the global status of national usage of mid-band spectrum between 1.6 GHz and 7.125 GHz for LTE and 5G services. It is part of a series of reports which separately also cover spectrum below 1.6 GHz (low-band spectrum) and spectrum above 24.25 GHz (high-band spectrum).
(Note: all references to countries/territories in this document can be read as also including territories, special administrative regions, disputed territories and dependencies.)
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LTE and 5G in bands between 1.6 GHz and 7.125 GHz
Several key spectrum ranges between 1.6 GHz and 7.125 GHz are used for LTE and 5G. Many of the same bands are also used for networks based on 2G or 3G technologies (but those are not analysed in this report).
The 1800 MHz band is most used, followed by C-Band spectrum and spectrum at 2.6 GHz. The key spectrum bands licensed/deployed for LTE and 5G are:
· 1700 MHz (Band 4 AWS)
· 1800 MHz (Band 3 and Band n3)
· 1900 MHz FDD (Bands 2 and 25, n2 and n25)
· 2100 MHz (Band 1 and Band n1)
· 2300 MHz TDD (Band 40 and Band n40)
· 2600 MHz FDD (Band 7 and Band n7)
· 2600 MHz TDD (Bands 38 and 41, n38 and n41)
· 3300–4200 MHz TDD (C-Band spectrum)
· 4400–5000 MHz (Band n79).
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Mid-band Spectrum October 2021
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