Band 5 (850MHz) UEs
Band 5 (850MHz) is paired to allow simultaneous transmission on two frequencies. The Uplink frequency is 824 – 849MHz and downlink frequency is 869 – 894MHz. The Width of the band is 25MHz, duplexing spacing is 45MHz and band gap is 20MHz. It’s the refarming of GSM 850MHz and most commonly deployed in North America and Latin America areas.
The 850MHz frequency provides a number of advantages for our customers. Because of the lower frequency (compared to other frequencies used on the Vodafone network), 850MHz is able to better penetrate through obstacles - such as buildings. This improved signal strength means data can be transmitted to a compatible device faster than when there is poor signal strength.