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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 pranab das

    #1

    Does all xperia devices support 1.4MHz & 3MHz LTE BW??

  2. By Anonymous 1-P6FZJN

    #2

    HI,
    I want to buy a m4 aqua, I am living in california usa and with at&t service. Should i get m4 E2363 or E2306 in order to receive the Lte srvice?

    Thank you

  3. By Dure Furqani

    #3

    Hey..
    I m using xpria z C6602.
    is there any way to use 4G LTE on it??

    • By Joe Padre

      #4

      Hi Dure,
      Xperia Z C6602 only has support for:
      UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV),
      1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
      GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  4. By Muhammad Khurram Khurshid

    #5

    LTE frequencies,1800 MHz (FDD-LTE band 3) support is available in Pakistan

  5. By Teshanah Love

    #6

    Hello I bought a Sony Xperia z1 in the UK and I was wondering if it will work in America when I go on holiday if I purchase an American sim to put in it?

    • By Joe Padre

      #7

      Hi, could you please check with your local Xperia care center, as they assist with consumer issues such as this. The support forum over at talk.sonymobile.com is a good place to start!
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  6. By Alvin Antonio

    #8

    Hello im wondering if i buy xperia z3. Can i use it in philippines?

  7. By Auie De Jesus

    #9

    Hello why does my xperia c3 wont connect to lte. Local carriers here in the philippines have 1800, 2500 band i believe c3 supports this lte band

  8. By Jacopo Moretti

    #13

    Hello, I bought a sony z3 compact on the internet, unfortunately the version is D5833 for the Asian market and using it in Italy does not work the 4G network, there are updates or applications for fix this problem?
    Or with this version I will never use the 4G in Italy?

    Thank You

    • By Joe Padre

      #14

      Hi Jacopo,
      That’s correct. Since your device was meant for the Asian market, not all features will work when you bring it to another country. Please check with your local Xperia Care center for additional assistance. http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/support/xperia-care/assisted/
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  9. By margaret craig

    #15

    I live in Scotland and due to purchasing a change of vehicle, I have found out the most recent mobile that works with the bluetooth is the Xperial 4g Ion LT28I. Can you advise if this is compatible in my country. Thanking you in advance.;

    Margaret Craig

    margaret.c3@hotmail.co.uk

    • By Joe Padre

      #16

      Hi Margaret,
      Please check with your local Xperia care center (Monday to Friday : 08:00 – 20:00 ‎0370-5237237) and/or your local carrier to see if LT28i is supported in your region.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  10. By Дулат Аманкулов

    #17

    Why I can’t see my Xperia ZR (C5503) in this list?

    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)

  11. By Jos Martínez

    #18

    Is there a way to unlock more LTE Bands?
    I know there is some method by using root and some Qualcom Utilities.

    Or can I simply flash another baseband to support different frequencies?

    I’m really “dissapointed” about the “international” version of the Z3 D6653 doesn’t work on my local LTE networks.

    • By Daniel Arévalo

      #19

      I have the same problem! :(

  12. By Melissa Leben

    #20

    I want to purchase an unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 Compact directly from the Sony website (US), however I don’t know if it will work in my country (Trinidad and Tobago) I called the support center for my region (Latin Americas) but we are an English speaking country, and it was difficult to explain my question to someone whose first language is Spanish.

  13. By Vignesh K

    #21

    I want to buy xperia z3 in USA and gonna use in India.. Will it work??

    • By gurunandan hebbar

      #22

      Did you get any info on this please?

  14. By Eric Nim

    #23

    Hello. I have purchased a Zony Xperia Z2 4G Lt in China with China Mobile Logo. Can I use 3G or 4G in Brazil/South America?

    • By Joe Padre

      #24

      Hi Eric,
      According to the white paper, the Xperia Z2 (L50t) supports the following networks:
      GSM GPRS/EDGE Bands 2, 3, 5, 8
      FDD-LTE (roaming only) Bands 1, 3, 7
      TD-LTE Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
      TD-SCDMA Bands 34, 39
      WCDMA (roaming only) Bands 1, 2, 5
      Please check with your planned operator in Brazil/South America to confirm if your device is supported.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

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