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I work for an automated metering company in the USA, and we're aiming to develop international communication products for narrowband IoT. We would like to have our products connect to the Vodafone network in the UK, but we need to know the band usage and other network characteristics.
Does anyone have any information concerning the following?
I know this might be off-topic here, but any information would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!
Hey @jbesnoff - I'm probably not going to be able to help you very much I'm afraid.
As far as bands go - on Vodafone, 5G coverage in the UK uses band n78 spectrum (3500MHz). 4G coverage is normally available on band 7 and band 20 LTE (2600MHz & 800MHz), with 3G coverage available at 2100MHz and 2G coverage available at 900MHz. I'm not sure if that's any use to you.
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Thanks for the reply and for the band information! I've actually since been in touch with both Vodafone UK and Vodafone Ireland and am in the process of getting the requirement information from them. The information I've gotten concerning band usage agrees with what you've posted as well.
Vodafone also operate LTE on 900MHz, 1400MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz.
3G 2100MHz has all but disappeared in many locations due to refarming, leaving 3G on 900MHz for now.
Vodafone currently use:
LTE Band 7 (2600MHz)
LTE Band 20 (800MHz)
LTE Band 1 (2100MHz)
LTE Band 3 (1800MHz)
LTE Band 8 (900MHz)
LTE Band 32 (1500MHz)
LTE Band 38 (2600MHz)
Hope this helps, Vodafone's B20 10MHz (800MHz) is widely used in rural areas for widespread coverage, if this has any capacity issues, Vodafone usually add B1 15MHz (2100MHz).
In cities they'll add B7 20MHz (2600MHz) and then B32 Supplementry Downlink. They'll add the other bands in other cases.
They also have 5G running on NR n78.
VOXI also have identical speeds to Vodafone.