n74: Introducing 5G NR Frequency Band
n74 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
FD 1500, L-band
Operating Band (MHz)
1427 to 1470 MHz
1475 to 1518 MHz
285400 to 294000
295000 to 303600
Supported Channel Bandwidths
5 10 15 20 MHz
n74 (FD 1500, L-band MHz) is a 5G frequency band.
n74 coverage is moderate to long due to the propagation characteristics of the mid band frequencies.
5G gNodeB Base Station Products supporting n74
CableFree Emerald 5G NR Base Stations are available in versions supporting n74. 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
General Information about 5G Bands
5G NR (New Radio) has been developed to operate in two distinct bands; sub-6 GHz (3GPP 38.104-5.2.1 FR1), and mmWave (3GPP 38.104-5.2.2 FR2). Despite actually running into the 7 GHz band, FR1 continues to be commonly referred to as the “Sub-6 GHz” band.
- FR1: 410 to 7125 MHz
- FR2: 24250 to 52600 MHz
Each band may operate in either FDD or TDD duplex mode. A band may be a supplementary downlink-only (SDL) or uplink-only (SUL) band used to provide additional capacity in the respective direction.
5G Bands are also classified as SA – (Stand Alone), meaning they can operate totally independent on 4G LTE networks, or NSA (Non Stand Alone), which requires the data call to be established over 4G LTE with the 5G carrier then added as a secondary layer.
5G NR uses four different Subcarrier Spacing (SCS) modes; 15, 30, and 60 kHz for sub-6 GHz (FR1) bands; 60 and 120 kHz for mmWave (FR2) bands. Channel bandwidths vary based on SCS, with many only supporting a 5 MHz channel width with an SCS of 15 kHz.
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