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January 17, 2006

Posted by Tom Farley & Mark van der Hoek at 09:50 AM

Radio link aspects

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which manages the international allocation of radio spectrum (among many other functions), allocated the bands 890-915 MHz for the uplink (mobile station to base station) and 935-960 MHz for the downlink (base station to mobile station) for mobile networks in Europe. Since this range was already being used in the early 1980s by the analog systems of the day, the CEPT had the foresight to reserve the top 10 MHz of each band for the GSM network that was still being developed. Eventually, GSM will be allocated the entire 2x25 MHz bandwidth.

Cellular Radio frequencies around the world

American Cellular  
824-849 MHz
869-894 MHz
Mobile to base
Base to mobile
American PCS/GSM
Narrowband 901-941 MHz  
1930-1990 MHz
Mobile to base
Base to mobile
872-905 MHz
917-950 MHz
Mobile to base
Base to mobile
GSM has three main frequency bands around the world: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz. It all depends on the country. Other bands may be used in the future or may be in trial right now.
1900 MHz.  
810-826 MHz
940-956 MHz
1429-1441 MHz
1477-1489 MHz
Mobile to base
Base to mobile
Base to mobile
Mobile to base

GSM frequency spacing is 200Khz, AMPS is 30 Khz

American PCS/GSM/ Cellular frequencies

(A more specific view)

Click on this link to view PCS/GSM frequencies in the U.S.

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