LTE Frequency Bands for U.S. and Canada Mobile Carriers

We are sometimes asked about the frequency bands used by the major North American carriers to deliver their 4G LTE services. In trying to answer that question while presenting a lot of data in a readable format, we’ve assembled the table below.

Because most inquires on this subject come as a question similar to this, “What frequencies does Carrier X use for LTE service?” we’ve grouped the data by carrier rather than by frequency or band.

This is not meant to be an exhautive list. Many of the regional North American mobile carriers are not listed here. However, we have listed those U.S. and Canada carriers whose LTE services combined cover the vast majority of mobile phone subscribers in their respective countries.

Also to be clear, this list includes LTE frequency bands only. In an effort to simplify presentation of the data we purposely did not include 3G frequency bands.

First, here’s some background. The frequency of radio waves carrying mobile communications is commonly expressed by a single number measured in megahertz, 700 MHZ for example. But this single number actually represents a frequency range. For example, the 700 MHz frequency covers the range from 699 MHz to 798 MHz.

The bands used by mobile carriers are numbered sequentially and represent “blocks” of a frequency range. A band may be assigned exclusively to one cellular carrier, or be shared by multiple carriers. A frequency range may comprise multiple bands, like 700 MHz which includes Bands 12, 13, 17 (and more) used in the U.S. and Canada.

Here’s the list of LTE frequency bands for major U.S. carriers.

AT&T LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

700 MHZ                Band 12, 17, 29

850 MHz                Band 5

1700/2100 MHz     Band 4

1900 MHz              Band 2

2300 MHz              Band 30

SPRINT LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

850 MHz                Band 26

1900 MHz              Band 25

2500 MHz              Band 41

T-MOBILE LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

600 MHz                Band 71

700 MHz                Band 12

1900 MHz              Band 2

US CELLULAR LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

700 MHZ               Band 12

850 MHZ               Band 5

VERIZON LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

700 MHZ               Band 13

1700/2100 MHz     Band 4

1900 MHz              Band 2

 

 

Here’s the list of LTE frequency bands for major Canadian carriers.

BELL LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

700 MHz                 Band 12, 13, 17, 29

850 MHz                Band 5

1700/2100 MHz     Band 4

1900 MHz              Band 2

2600 MHz              Band 7

ROGERS LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

700 MHz                Band 12

1700/2100 MHz     Band 4

2600 MHz             Band 7

TELUS LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

700 MHz                Band 12, 13, 17, 29

850 MHz                Band 5

1700/2100 MHz     Band 4

1900 MHz              Band 2

2600 MHz             Band 7

 

If you don’t see on this list the specific carrier you are looking for, try this Wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTE_frequency_bands.
It includes the frequency bands used by most carriers around the world to deliver their 4G LTE service.

This article originally appeared at the weBoost blog. For a much broader look at frequencies in use, check out this article.