5G mmWave Frequency Bands

5G mmWave Frequency Bands are defined by the 3GPP:

Please see this table for frequency bands defined by 3GPP for 5G mmWave using Millimeter Wave (mmWave) frequencies

NR 5G mmWave frequency bands above 24 GHz 

Frequency Range 2 (FR2)

Bandƒ (GHz)Common nameSubset of bandUplink / Downlink (GHz)Channel bandwidths (MHz)
n25728LMDS26.50 – 29.5050, 100, 200, 400
n25826K-band24.25 – 27.5050, 100, 200, 400
n25942V-band39.50 – 43.5050, 100, 200, 400
n26039Ka-band37.00 – 40.0050, 100, 200, 400
n26128Ka-bandn25727.50 – 28.3550, 100, 200, 400
Bandƒ (GHz)Common nameSubset of bandUplink / Downlink (GHz)Channel bandwidths (MHz)
5G mmWave Frequency Bands


Please note this page only shows Millimeter-Wave (mmWave) Frequency Bands. For a complete list including sub-6GHz (FR1 bands), please See Here

Due to the range of frequencies in use 5G NR uses four different Subcarrier Spacing (SCS) modes; 15, 30, and 60 kHz for sub-6 GHz (FR1) bands; 60 and 120 kHz for mmWave (FR2) bands. Channel bandwidths vary based on SCS, with many only supporting a 5 MHz channel width with an SCS of 15 kHz.

FR2 mmWave coverage

5G in the 24 GHz range or above use higher frequencies than 4G, and as a result, some 5G signals are not capable of traveling large distances (over a few hundred meters), unlike 4G or lower frequency 5G signals (sub 6 GHz). This requires placing 5G base stations every few hundred meters in order to use higher frequency bands. Also, these higher frequency 5G signals cannot penetrate solid objects easily, such as cars, trees, and walls, because of the nature of these higher frequency electromagnetic waves. 5G cells can be deliberately designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, which finds applications in places like restaurants and shopping malls

5G Frequency Bands in Summary

5G mmWave Frequency Bands

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