LTE™ coverage for Xperia™ smartphones

LTE networks are getting more and more common, allowing you to browse the web instantly, stream content, or download movies at high-speed. You’ll find LTE support in a number of Xperia™ smartphones, all the way from the just announced Xperia™ Z to the Xperia™ ion. Each device has a particular range of LTE bands, with corresponding regions that support the service. Read on to get the full list of LTE-enabled smartphones, supported bands, and the available countries where you can use LTE.

Among the impressive specs you’ll find for the recently announced Xperia Z – quad-core CPU, 5’ 1080p HD display, and HDR video camera – don’t forget that you’ll also find support for LTE. It’s the latest Sony superphone with LTE capability, and joins an already extensive list of Xperia™ LTE-capable smartphones.

LTE stands for 3GPP Long Term Evolution, and is a standard for wireless data communications technology and an evolution of the GSM/UMTS standards. This technology increases the capacity and speed of wireless data networks using DSP (digital signal processing) techniques and modulations that already provides peak rates of 100 Mbit/s downlink and  50 Mbit/s uplink and QoS provisions permitting a transfer latency of  10-15 ms and is evolving to beyond 300 Mbps. With LTE, the ability to manage fast-moving mobiles is supported, as well as multi-cast and broadcast streams. LTE supports scalable carrier bandwidths, from 1.4 MHz to 20 MHz and supports both frequency division duplexing (FDD) and time-division duplexing (TDD).

LTE frequency bands

The LTE standard can be used with many different frequency bands. The deployment is increasing rapidly among the world. As of today 700, 850, , 1900 and 1700/2100 MHz bands are used in North America. South America uses 700, 1700/2100 and 2600 MHz. 800, 900, 1800, 2600 MHz bands are used in Europe.  You’ll find the 850, 1500, 1800, 2100, 2300 and 2600 MHz bands used in Asia. And Australia uses 1800 MHz. As a result, phones from one country may not work in other countries. Since the LTE standard is fairly new to the operators there are very few roaming agreements between different countries and operators when it comes to LTE roaming (HSPA roaming already exists). In the future when roaming agreements are in place users will need a multi-band capable phone for roaming internationally. That will be less of an issue if you’re using an Xperia™ smartphone, as they are already multi-band capable (with the exception of Xperia™ SX) and support at least two bands or more. The table further down lists the LTE bands supported by Xperia™ smartphones.

The feature image used for this article indicates current countries in green where there is an existing (commercial) LTE network that Xperia™ smartphones can connect to. Please note that many more regions will have LTE in the near future. Furthermore, the availability of LTE networks is operator-dependent and may vary from area to area within a country.

List of LTE supported Xperia smartphones

The Xperia™ smartphones that support LTE include:

  • Xperia ion (LT28i)
  • Xperia TL (LT30at)
  • Xperia T (LTE30a)
  • Xperia V (LT25i)
  • Xperia SX (SO-0SD)
  • Xperia AX (SO-01E)
  • Xperia Z (C6603)
  • Xperia ZL (LTE C6503, C6506)

The following table further specifies the supported bands, available regions and other technical information.

Operating Band Uplink (UL) Operating Band Downlink (DL) Operating Band Common Name Approximate Center Frequency Regions(s) Xperia™ model(s) supported
I (1) 1920 MHz to 1980 MHz 2110 MHz to 2170 MHz IMT 2100 MHz Asia, Europe, Israel, Japan (NTT docomo, KDDI, Softbank), South Korea (LG U Plus) Xperia™ V, Xperia™ SX, Xperia™ AX, Xperia™ Z, Xperia™ ZL (C6503, C6506)
II (2) 1850 MHz to 1910 MHz 1930 MHz to 1990 MHz PCS 1900 MHz Canada, Latin America, US Xperia™ T, Xperia™ ZL (C6506)
III (3) 1710 MHz to 1785 MHz 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz DCS 1800 MHz United Kingdom (EE), Finland, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan (E MOBILE), Poland, Singapore, South Korea Xperia™ V,Xperia™ Z, Xperia™ ZL (C6503)
IV (4) 1710 MHz to 1755 MHz 2110 MHz to 2155 MHz AWS 1700 MHz Canada, Latin America, US (AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS) Xperia™ ion, Xperia™ TL, Xperia™ T, Xperia™ ZL (C6506)
V (5) 824 MHz to 849 MHz 869 MHz to 894 MHz CLR 850 MHz Americas, South Korea (LG U Plus nationwide, SKT), Israel Xperia™ V, Xperia™ T, Xperia™ Z, Xperia™ ZL (C6503, C6506)
VII (7) 2500 MHz to 2570 MHz 2620 MHz to 2690 MHz IMT-E 2.6 GHz Canada, EU, Latin America, Singapore, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russian Federation Xperia™ V,Xperia™ Z, Xperia™ ZL (C6503)
VIII (8) 880 MHz to 915 MHz 925 MHz to 960 MHz GSM 900 MHz EU, Latin America, Japan, Sweden (Tele2 SE, Telenor SE) Xperia™ Z, Xperia™ ZL (C6503)
XVII (17) 704 MHz to 716 MHz 734 MHz to 746 MHz Lower SMH block B/C 700 MHz US (AT&T), Caribbean Xperia™ ion,Xperia™ TL, Xperia™ T, Xperia™ ZL (C6508)
XIX (19) 830 MHz to 845 MHz 875 MHz to 890 MHz Japan upper 800 850 MHz Japan (NTT docomo) Xperia™ AX
XX (20) 832 MHz to 862 MHz 791 MHz to 821 MHz EU’s Digital Dividend 800 MHz EU, Russian Federation Xperia™ V, Xperia™ Z, Xperia™ ZL (C6503)
XXI (21) 1447.9 MHz to 1462.9 MHz 1495.9 to 1510.9 MHz PDC 1500 MHz Japan (NTT docomo) Xperia™ AX

The bands are listed from (1) to (29) FDD and (33) to (44) TDD, and separated by frequencies, as defined by E-UTRAN (Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access), the air interface for LTE. In the uplink operating band, there are three physical channels used for initial access and carrying control information. In the downlink operating band, there are several physical channels that carry allocation information, data transmission, broadcast transmission, and other basic system information.

To find out what Xperia™ smartphones you’ll be able to use, go through the Region section of the table to find your country and the adjacent field to see the supported models.

Have any questions or comments about LTE or what Xperia™ smartphones will work in your country? Drop us a line below.

Note: Developer World would like to give a big thanks to Olof Zander and Peter Karlsson, Master Research Engineers at Sony, for providing technical expertise for this article.

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  1. By Devin kavanagh


    i want to buy an Xperia Z3 model D6653 from an international seller…will this work in the US? The bands seem to line up, but my carrier (AT&T) is unable to confirm.

    Please help Sony!!

    • By Devin Kavanagh


      4g LTE specifically….

  2. By Sakthivel Shanmugam


    I have a Sony Xperia C2305. Will my mobile supports 4G

  3. By Ayodeji fewa


    I have a Sony Xperia Z C6603 will I get 3G using At&t as my mobile carrier

  4. By Marianita Barriga


    Hi, I have a Sony xperia C2305 unlocked, bought in Philippines. I wonder if this will work in US?

    Many thanks,

  5. By Alejandro Gomez


    Hi, I live in Bogota, Colombia (south america) and I will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain (europe) for 2 years. I have a Xperia M and I want to know if it will work when I arrive to Barcelona and i buy a new sim card for it.


    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Alejandro,
      Please check with the operator that you plan to get service from in Barcelona to see if their SIM card will support Xperia M.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  6. By france cohen


    Hi, I got an xperia ZL from China and when I insert my local sim card (GO Malta) is telling me that there is no sim card inserted.
    Model is C6503 and local freq are 900 /1800.
    Can you please help?


    • By Joe Padre


      Hi France,
      Please contact your local Xperia care center for help with this issue.
      In general, you should normally purchase the device in the country you plan to use it. So an Xperia ZL from China may only work in China.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  7. By surafel hailemichael


    hi am surafel from ethiopia
    i have sonyy xperia lt25i
    my phone is rebooting contiously when i turned on wcdma (3g)

  8. By Oscar Quintana


    I have own a Sony Xperia Z (C6603). When I selected Network Operators the first time that I put a SIM card, I looked at two LTE networks, but I can’t select any of them. So I carried the cell phone to the mobile operator, and anyway at that place they cut the LTE networks, and now I can’t use LTE (the signal turns off always). ¿Is there some way to activate that again? I did a Factory data reset but it didn’t work anyway, and now the mobile operator says that the problem is on a failure of the phone (honesty I think that they did something to get disabled the LTE network)

    Please help me to find the way to fix that, I’m paying for a LTE service but I can’t use it right now.

    Thank you!

  9. By Karina Takahashi


    hi, i have xperia C unlocked of brazil…im moving to japan, will it work there normally???

  10. By Ana Pino-Blanco


    I am looking at Sony Xperia SP c5303 (it has LTE) but it not in the list above. Will it work in Japan?

    • By Vadim Lukin


      yes, it will.

  11. By abdul hameed


    I bought a sony experia c in india and I had to travel to US and my phone is not able to pick up the At&t network is there a way I can make my phone pick up the network

    • By Vadim Lukin


      no, your phone will not work with AT&T’s 3G network due it is running on 850/1900 MHz bands and your phone support only 900/2100 MHz bands for UMTS (WCDMA) networks. You can use your phone in rural areas where AT&T’s 2G network still available.

  12. By xlyp feat


    I have a big problem with my device.
    It’s a Sony Xperia T( LT30p). The problem is that it does not have support for the band 900 UMTS. And I have problems of coverage in many zones where this band is for that my operator operates in H+.
    My device works on GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS_BC1, UMTS_BC2, UMTS_BC4, UMTS_BC5, LTE_BC2, LTE_BC4, LTE_BC5 and LTE_BC17.
    I need to have UMTS_BC8.
    I do not understand how this device may have LTE support when is not a 4G device; and not works on UMTS_BC8 when Sony indicates that it works in the band 900 UMTS.
    My firmware is the stock unbranded for Spain, 4.1.2.
    My question is if I can solve this problem if i will flashing a correct euro baseband with flashtools. The problem is that I do not find any baseband in file .ftf for Xperia T
    I would be very grateful to you if you will helping me to solve this problem.
    Another point is that in the menu of selection of band only me there appears USA Band, when there should appear EURO Band.
    A Greeting!!!

  13. By Ahmed Alameen


    Hi what about update sony xperia ion to kitkat. is it right ??? and why the update is not found in (Iraq) ??

  14. By Jc Wylie


    I have a Sony xperia z2 phone, #D6503 on ATT operating in the USA. The LTE worked today until I accepted an update. Now the LTE option is not available and the LTE has quit working. Is there a code or magic feature hidden somewhere to re-activate the feature?

  15. By sbcontt .


    None of these junks will work in India. Airtel uses Band 40.
    Band 40 was auctioned in India and China, the greatest emerging smartphone market. The reason Sony and Samsung did not include band 40 in current devices is so that they can make us purchase new devices once 4G gets released.

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