List of mobile frequency bands in the Philippines

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in GSM/SMS Technology



Do you want to know how much frequency bandwidth is allocated to each network provider? Below is a list of GSM, UMTS and LTE frequency bands allocated to Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular, Bayantel and Extelcom. This list is useful for those who want to know if their handset/device is compatible with their chosen network’s frequency bands.

SUMMARY
Smart Globe Sun Cellular Bayantel Extelcom
GSM 900 7.5 MHz 7.5 MHz
1800 20 MHz 12.5 MHz 17.5 MHz 10 MHz
3G
(UMTS)
850
(Band 5)
10 MHz 10 MHz
(AMPS)
900
(Band 8)
YES
2100
(Band 1)
15 MHz 10 MHz 10 MHz
4G (LTE) 700 17.5 MHz 17.5 MHz
850 YES
1800 YES YES
2100 YES

See below for detailed information on each frequency band.

GSM frequency bands for 2G
2G, also known as second-generation wireless telephone technology, allows us to make voice calls, send SMS, picture messages, MMS (via GPRS), and connect to the internet via GPRS/EDGE. In the Philippines, telcos operate in the GSM-900 or GSM-1800 bands to offer 2G services nationwide.

GSM-900 band Philippines

GSM-900
Carrier Bandwidth Frequency Assignment Date Granted Notes
Globe 7.5 MHz 890-897.5/935-942.5 MHz Sept 30, 1993
10 MHz 905-915/950-960 MHz Sept 29, 1993
Smart 7.5 MHz 897.5-905/942.5-950 MHz May 17, 1993
Globe 5 MHz 880-885/925-930 MHz May 27, 2016 ???
Smart 5 MHz 885-890/930-935 MHz May 27, 2016  ???

GSM-1800 band Philippines

GSM-1800
Carrier Bandwidth Frequency Assignment Date Granted Notes
Globe 7.5 MHz 1710-1717.5/1805-1812.5 MHz May 27, 2016 ???
Smart 7.5 MHz 1717.5-1725/1812.5-1820 MHz May 27, 2016 ???
Smart 7.5 MHz 1725-1732.5/1820-1827.5 MHz Sept 27, 2001 /
Sept 1998
5 MHz 1735-1740/1830-1835 MHz Jan 2000
5 MHz 1745-1750/1840-1845 MHz Mar 2000
2.5 MHz 1780-1782.5/1875-1877.5 MHz
Bayantel 10 MHz 1750-1760/1845-1855 MHz May 8, 2000 /
Sept 23, 2001
Globe 2.5 MHz 1732.5-1735/1827.5-1830 MHz Dec 1998
5 MHz 1740-1745/1835-1840 MHz Jan 2000
5 MHz 1775-1780/1870-1875 MHz Sept 27, 2001
Sun Cellular 15 MHz 1760-1775/1855-1870 Sept 23, 2001 / ?
2.5 MHz 1782.5-1785-1877.5-1880

UMTS frequency bands for 3G
3G, also known as third generation mobile telecommunication, allows us to make video calls, watch mobile TV, connect to the internet via high-speed 3G/HSDPA. In the Philippines, telcos operate in 850 MHz (Band 5), 900 MHz (Band 8), and 2100 MHz (Band 1) to offer 3G services nationwide.

UMTS-band 1 (2100) Philippines

UMTS-band 1 (2100 MHz)
Carrier Bandwidth Frequency Assignment Date Granted
Smart 15 MHz 1920-1935/2110-2125 MHz Dec 2005
Sun Cellular 10 MHz 1935-1945/2125-2135 MHz Dec 2005
Globe 10 MHz 1945-1955/2135-2145 MHz Dec 2005
formerly owned
by CURE
10 MHz 1955-1965/2145-2155 MHz Dec 2005
(empty) 15 MHz 1965-1980/2155-2170 MHz

UMTS-band 5 (850) Philippines

UMTS-band 5 (850 MHz)
Carrier Bandwidth Frequency Assignment Notes
SBI 1 MHz 824-825/869-870 MHz not used for 3G
1.5 MHz 845-846.5/890-891.5 MHz not used for 3G
Smart 10 MHz 825-835/870-880 MHz transferred from Piltel to Smart then converted
to 3G in 2008. Used for 3G and W-CDMA.
Extelcom 10 MHz 835-845/880-890 MHz AMPS (not used for 3G)
(empty) 2.5 MHz 846.5-849/891.5-894 MHz

LTE frequency bands for 4G
4G, also known as fourth generation wireless mobile telecommunications technology, provides ultra-broadband internet access for mobile devices. In the Philippines, telcos operate in Band 28 (700 MHz), Band 5 (850 MHz), Band 3 (1800 MHz), and Band 1 (2100 MHz) to offer 4G services nationwide.

LTE-band 28 (700) Philippines

LTE-band 28 (700 MHz)
Carrier Bandwidth Frequency Assignment Date Granted Notes
Globe 17.5 MHz 703-720.5/758-775.5 MHz May 27, 2016 ???
Smart 17.5 MHz 720.5-738/775.5-793 MHz May 27, 2016
(empty) 10 MHz 738-748/793-803 MHz

Frequency bands are assigned to telecommunication companies to offer 2G, 3G, and 4G services in the country. Originally, the frequency bands used in the Philippines were: 1) GSM: 900 MHz and 1800 MHz, 2) UMTS: 2100 MHz and 850 MHz. As our cellular technology upgrades, frequency bands have been reused to accommodate newer technologies (e.g. 4G).

We update this list from time to time, depending on the information submitted to us. If there are any inaccuracies, please let us know in the comments section below. We’ll try to update this as soon as we can.

[Source: COA Regulatory Functions NTC, ABS-CBN NewsGMA News]


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1 Comment on List of mobile frequency bands in the Philippines

  1. Thanks for your article, it is good. It would be helpful (for the purpose of purchasing a phone) to have the LTE band numbers listed. For example, for the high-speed 700mhz LTE-A band 28 (B28) that is rolling out right now on both Globe and Smart, you might think that purchasing a foreign phone that covers 700mhz LTE-A would have you covered. But it wouldn’t, if for example you purchased a phone from the US market that covered B12 or B17, but not B28. All three of these bands are 700mhz LTE-A bands. But they’re not interchangeable. There are many other examples, too many to list. Use the LTE band numbers to avoid confusion.

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