n38: Introducing 5G NR Frequency Band
n38 is a frequency band designated by the 5G NR standard. Note that in 5G, the NR bands are defined with prefix of “n”. When the NR band is overlapping with the 4G LTE band, they share the same band number.
5G Band Name
Operating Band (MHz)
2570 to 2620 MHz
514002 to 523998
Supported Channel Bandwidths
5 10 15 20 MHz
In many countries, n38 (2600 MHz), or commonly referred to as the 2.6 GHz 5G band, is a commonly tested and deployed frequency. The n38 band’s popularity is due to its relatively common availability, often already widely in use by 3G and 4G networks. Operators may “re-farm” existing 3G networks on these frequencies to re-purpose for 5G networks.
Key performance objectives of the 5G NR standard require large blocks of contiguous spectrum to operate large channel widths and hence offer users high capacity throughput. With spectrum a valuable resource, operators often have to implement 5G NR on higher cellular bands. Lower frequencies are preferred for long-range rural coverage, conversely, dense urban networks can benefit from frequency-resuse inherent in using higher frequency bands.
n38 coverage is excellent in range and building penetration due to the propagation characteristics of the frequencies used, enhanced further by advanced processing techniques.
5G gNodeB Base Station Products supporting n38
CableFree Emerald 5G NR gNodeB (gNB) Base Stations are available in versions supporting n38. These base stations are available in various versions:
- Macro Cell configuration with 3 or 6 sectors per base site
- Small Cell configuration with 1 or 2 sectors per Small Cell unit
- Choice of 2×2 or 4×4 MIMO
- 5G-NSA with integrated 4G LTE eNodeB
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