Every wireless broadcast travels along a radio wave with its own unique signature – its frequency.The frequency of a radio wave is a measure of how many wave peaks there are per second – for example, a frequency of 700MHz means 700 million wave peaks per second are passing by.
Bandwidth is the range of frequencies covered by a channel. The wider the range of frequencies covered, the faster data can be sent over the air on a channel. For example, Verizon’s primary LTE network uses the spectrum from 746MHz to 757MHz for cell tower transmission, providing a download channel with 11MHz bandwidth.
An Analogy: The overall radio spectrum can be thought of as vast tracts of real estate along one very long road, with frequencies being the addresses of various properties, channels being marked off by lot lines, and bandwidth representing how much street frontage each channel’s lot covers.
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We explain how low and high frequency bands have differing ranges, and how the carriers divide up their frequency real estate.
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