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

Nicholas Jones | February 2, 2018

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 exhaustive 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, 13, 29

850 MHz                            Band 5

1700/2100 MHz               Band 4

1900 MHz                          Band 2

2600 MHz                         Band 30

 

SPRINT LTE FREQUENCY BAND

850 MHz                            Band 26

1900 MHz                          Band 25

2500 MHz                         Band 41

 

T-MOBILE LTE FREQUENCY BANDS

700 MHz                           Band 12

1700/2100 MHz              Band 4

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. If your carrier is not able to support you with reliable coverage, explore our phone boosters for any carrier.

 

Want to learn more about 4G LTE? Take a look at What is 4G LTE and How Does It Work?