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Frequency Bands

Last updated: December 2, 2008

A cell's frequency band determines which frequency range the test set uses to
communicate with a mobile station. The actual frequencies (uplink and downlink)
used inside the frequency range are determined by the ARFCN.

The frequency ranges and channel arrangements, as well as the formulas that describe
the actual frequency of the ARFCN, are detailed in the 3GPP TS 45.005 Version 5.9.0
Release 5 (with the exception of the T-GSM810 band) and the tables below.

GSM 450 GSM 480 GSM 750


Programming Mnemonic GSM450 GSM480 GSM750
UL/DL Frequency
10 10 30
Separation (MHz)
Range: 450.4 through Range: 478.8 Range: 747 through
Uplink Frequency (MHz) 457.6 through 486 762
Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2
Range: 460.4 through Range: 488.8 Range: 777 through
Downlink Frequency
467.6 through 496 792
(MHz)
Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2
ARFCN 259 through 293 306 through 340 438 through 511
Uplink (UL) Formula FUL(n) = 450.6 + FUL(n) = 479 + FUL(n) = 747.2 +
(MHz) 0.2*(n-259) 0.2*(n-306) 0.2*(n-438)
Downlink (DL) Formula FDL(n) =
FDL(n) = FUL(n)+10 FDL(n) = FUL(n)+30
(MHz) FUL(n)+10
GSM 850 T-GSM810
Programming Mnemonic GSM850 TGSM810
UL/DL Frequency Separation (MHz) 45 45
Range: 824 through 849 Range: 806 through 821
Uplink Frequency (MHz)
Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2
Range: 869 through 894 Range: 851 through 866
Downlink Frequency (MHz)
Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2
ARFCN 128 through 251 350-425
Uplink (UL) Formula (MHz) FUL(n) = 824.2 + 0.2*(n-128) FUL(n) = 806 + .2*(n-350)
Downlink (DL) Formula (MHz) FDL(n) = FUL(n)+45 FDL(n) = FUL(n)+45
PGSM 900 EGSM 900 RGSM 900
(Primary GSM) (Extended GSM) (Railways GSM)
PGSM 900 EGSM 900 RGSM 900
(Primary GSM) (Extended GSM) (Railways GSM)
Programming Mnemonic PGSM EGSM RGSM
UL/DL Frequency
45 45 45
Separation (MHz)
Range: 890 Range: 880 through Range: 876 through
Uplink Frequency (MHz) through 915 915 915
Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2
Range: 935 Range: 925 through Range: 921 through
Downlink Frequency (MHz) through 960 960 960
Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2
0 through 124 0 through 124
ARFCN 1 through 124
975 through 1023 955 through 1023
FUL(n) = 890 + 0.2*n FUL(n) = 890 + 0.2*n
(for n = 0 through 124) (for n = 0 through 124)
Uplink (UL) Formula FUL(n) = 890 + FUL(n) = 890 + FUL(n) = 890 +
(MHz) 0.2*n 0.2*(n-1024) 0.2*(n-1024)
(for n = 975 through (for n = 955 through
1023) 1023)
Downlink (DL) Formula FDL(n) =
FDL(n) = FUL(n)+45 FDL(n) = FUL(n)+45
(MHz) FUL(n)+45
DCS 1800 PCS 1900
Programming Mnemonic DCS PCS
UL/DL Frequency Separation
95 80
(MHz)
Range: 1710 through 1785 Range: 1850 through 1910
Uplink Frequency (MHz)
Resolution: .2 Resolution: .2
Range: 1805 through 1880
Range: 1930 through 1990
Downlink Frequency (MHz)
Resolution: .2
Resolution: .2
ARFCN 512-885 512-810
FUL(n) = 1710.2 + 0.2*(n- FUL(n) = 1850.2 + .2*(n-
Uplink (UL) Formula (MHz)
512) 512)
Downlink (DL) Formula (MHz) FDL(n) = FUL(n)+95 FDL(n) = FUL(n)+80

You can specify the traffic channel (ARFCN) using the GPIB commands listed in the
section describing the traffic channel, see TCH Parameters .

Operating Considerations
If a handover is attempted during a GSM call to a traffic band not supported by the
mobile station, the call is dropped and the test set displays the following message,
"GSM call disconnected; Channel assignment failure (Timer T3107 expiry)". The call
will not be disconnected if the test set changes from one supported traffic band to the
another during a call.

If the traffic channel is changed while a call is connected, the call will be dropped.

Changes to the Cell Band parameter are reflected in the Traffic Band parameter.