Frequency, ARFCN, and operating bandsV16.5.0

Toolbox: Frequency / ARFCN convertor and band lookup
  • Look up the band information based on frequency or NR-ARFCN value. It also converts betweeen frquency and NR-ARFCN.
  • If a frequency does not map to an NR-ARFCN, the closest NR-ARFCN and the corresponding frequency are shown.
Frequency [MHz]
NR-ARFCN
Closest Frequency [MHz]

Band(s) containing the frequency / NR-ARFCN
BandUplinkDownlinkDuplex
Frequency [MHz]NR-ARFCNFrequency [MHz]NR-ARFCN
n725005000002620524000FDD
n4125005000002500500000TDD
n9025005000002500500000TDD

3GPP has decided to support the frequency range from below 1GHz up to 52.6GHz from the first releases of NR specification. A main reason to extend to the milimeter-wave range is the availability of large amount of spectrum with very large bandwidths. Though the milimeter-wave spectrum seems very attractive, there are also many channelges:

  • The transmission loss goes up substantially if multi-antenna and beam-forming techniques are not used.
  • RF hardware performanmce regarding e.g. phase noise and output power is degraded.
  • Coexistence with e.g. satellite systems will be required where acceptable interference levels have to be guaranteed.

As a consequence, 5G NR will make use of the full spectrum range. Joint operation at lower frequencies and higher frequencies is supported in order to provide both reliable coverage (low frequency) and very high capacity (milimeter-wave).

Requirements throughout the RF specifications are in many cases defined separately for different frequency ranges (FR). The frequency ranges in which NR can operate are identified as described in TS 38.101 Table 5.1-1.

Note: FR1 and FR2 are often referred to as Sub6 and mmW (millimeter-wave), even though FR1 can now go beyond 6GHz (to 7.125GHz) and part of FR2 belongs to centimeter-wave range (< 30GHz).

Table 5.1-1: Definition of frequency ranges
Frequency range designationCorresponding frequency range
410 MHz -- 7125 MHz
24250 MHz -- 52600 MHz

Operating bands

Table below shows all the operating bands defined for NR till release 16. You can also select the bands to show in the spectrum plot.

Table 5.2-1: NR operating bands
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FRBandUL band [MHz]DL band [MHz]BW [MHz]DuplexTX-RX
separation [MHz]
Release
FUL_lowFUL_highFDL_lowFDL_high
1n119201980211021702 x 60FDD190r15
1n218501910193019902 x 60FDD80r15
1n317101785180518802 x 75FDD95r15
1n58248498698942 x 25FDD45r15
1n725002570262026902 x 70FDD120r15
1n88809159259602 x 35FDD45r15
1n126997167297462 x 17FDD30r15
1n147887987587682 x 10FDD-30r16
1n188158308608752 x 15FDD45r16
1n208328627918212 x 30FDD-41r15
1n2518501915193019952 x 65FDD80r15
1n268148498598942 x 35FDD45r16
1n287037487588032 x 45FDD55r15
1n2971772811SDLr16
1n3023052315235023602 x 10FDD45r16
1n34201020252010202515TDDr15
1n38257026202570262050TDDr15
1n39188019201880192040TDDr15
1n402300240023002400100TDDr15
1n412496269024962690194TDDr15
1n465150592551505925775TDDr16
1n47585559255855592570TDDr16
1n483550370025503700150TDDr16
1n50143215171432151785TDDr15
1n5114271432142714325TDDr15
1n532483.524952483.5249511.5TDDr16
1n6514271432142714325TDD190r16
1n66171017802110220070 + 90FDD400r15
1n70169517101995202015 + 25FDD[295, 300]r15
1n716636986176522 x 35FDD-46r15
1n7414271470147515182 x 43FDD48r15
1n751432151785SDLr15
1n76142714325SDLr15
1n773300420033004200900TDDr15
1n783300380033003800500TDDr15
1n794400500044005000600TDDr15
1n801710178575SULr15
1n8188091535SULr15
1n8283286230SULr15
1n8370374845SULr15
1n841920198060SULr15
1n861710178070SULr15
1n8982484925SULr16
1n902496269024962690194TDDr16
1n918328621427143230 + 5FDD[570, 595]r16
1n928328621432151730 + 85FDD[575,680, 580,675]r16
1n938809151427143235 + 5FDD[517, 547]r16
1n948809151432151735 + 85FDD[522,632, 527,627]r16
1n952010202515SULr16
1n9659257125592571251200TDDr16
2n257265002950026500295003000TDDr15
2n258242502750024250275003250TDDr15
2n259395004350039500435004000TDDr16
2n260370004000037000400003000TDDr15
2n26127500283502750028350850TDDr15
Note:
  • All NR bands are numberred using the previx n. Many of them are re-farming bands which have already been specified for 4G LTE. E.g., 5G operating band n1 and 4G operating band 1 overlaps.
  • The bands are of different duplexing modes: Frequency Division Duplex (FDD), Time Division Duplex (TDD), Supplemental Downlink (SDL), and Supplemental Uplink (SUL).
  • For FDD bands, uplink transmission normally occupies lower end of the spectrum to allow for wide uplink coverage. Those bands have a positive value of TX-RX separation. However, some bands have the opposite allocation where uplink is deployed on the higher end of the spectrum: i.e., n14, n20, n71, whose TX-RX separation values are negative.