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Band 41


A relatively high-frequency radio band. In the US, it is used almost exclusively by T-Mobile (and previously by Sprint before the companies merged). T-Mobile originally deployed in this band, but is now repurposing it for mid-band 5G (starting in 2019.)

Band 41 is an unpaired band, meaning there is only one contiguous block of spectrum, instead of one for uplink (phone-to-tower), and one for downlink (tower-to-phone). Therefore, in order to facilitate two-way communication, band 41 is specified for TDD operation instead of FDD. Basically, the phone and the tower "take turns" talking to each other over the same radio frequencies.

See: TDD

Band 41 spans 2,502 - 2,690 MHz, which is a relatively large amount of bandwidth, capable of handling a large amount of data at high speeds. However, this range of frequencies is higher than most bands used for mobile phones. That means band 41 signals do not reach as far, nor penetrate buildings and other objects, as well as bands in lower frequency ranges.

Band 41 is a much lower frequency than mmWave, though, which means it reaches farther and penetrates solids better than mmWave.

See: mmWave

Because it sits between traditional bands and mmWave, some now refer to frequencies in this range as "mid-band".

Before Sprint used band 41 for 4G LTE, they deployed the ill-fated WiMax 4G technology in the same frequency band.

See: WiMax

The frequency range of band 41 was originally designated the BRS band, and was intended for "wireless cable" service.

See: BRS

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