n8: Introducing 5G NR Frequency Band
n8 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
880 to 915 MHz
925 to 960 MHz
176000 to 183000
185000 to 192000
Supported Channel Bandwidths
5 10 15 20 MHz
In many countries, n8 (900MHz), or commonly referred to as the 900 MHz 5G band, is a commonly tested and deployed 5G frequency. The n8 band’s popularity is due to its relatively common availability, 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 have to implement 5G NR on higher cellular bands.
n8 coverage is excellent in range and building penetration due to the propagation characteristics of these frequencies used, and improved by advanced processing techniques.
5G gNodeB Base Station Products supporting n8
CableFree Emerald 5G NR gNodeB (gNB) Base Stations are available in versions supporting n8. 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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