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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 ahmed khatik

    #1

    SONY XPERIA T2ULTRA SUPORT 4GLTE ???? PLS ADVICE

  2. By AJAY KUMAR

    #2

    I HAVE SONY XPERIA Z ( C6602) CELL PHONE.WILL IT WORK AT 4 G AND IS THERE ANT METHOD ??/

  3. By jacques du Buson

    #3

    I bought a sony experia c4. On the box it said that it is a LTE smart phone, but it is not. I feel sony deceived me and they will only fool me once. Luckily there is htc and iPhone on the market as well. In the past i only used htc, but then i let my wife and friend convince me to try sony. To my utter disappointment.

  4. By Ranila Supun

    #4

    hello,
    my mobile xperia z5 dual, i get the new sim, this sim card only 4G network (internet only this ) sim card and network not GSM only LTE. not signal. How to use this sim card my device

  5. By Alvaro Ballesteros

    #6

    Help

    I have a Xperia z3 d6653 that I legaly bought in Japan now I live in Ecuador and Lte doesn’t work any solution?? please you I need your advise

  6. By Anirudha Dave

    #7

    Sony xpiriya c3 can support LTE option of 4G

  7. By Albina Peled

    #8

    hello again, I saw you comment below, that devices will work only on the market where they was sold, so now worth to buy in Canada (or Aliexpress) and sent to Israel?

  8. By Albina Peled

    #9

    ok I saw you comments below: “The device is intended for use in the market for where it is originally sold. So, some features may not work when used in other countries.” I am thinking to buy on Aliexpress (or in Canada), so better not to do it.. it will not work in Israel??

  9. By Albina Peled

    #10

    is Sony-XPERIA-Z3 will work in Israel? I want to buy for my mom..

  10. By Sukhdev Singh Rathour

    #11

    I am using Sony Xperia Z. I purchased this phone from INDIA, My issue is that I am unable to use LTE Band 3 & Band 5 services in this phone. so please help me

  11. By Mangesh Sutar

    #12

    I purchased Sony Xperia Z5 (E6653) from Thailand. Now in India but it does not show the mobile data network option. How can I use this mobile phone??

    • By Joe Padre

      #13

      Hi Mangesh,
      The device is intended for use in the market for where it is originally sold. So, some features may not work when used in other countries.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

      • By CP Bogado

        #14

        May z3 (6653) work with ban LTE2? using custom ROM or changing modem values?

  12. By Sanjay Chavan

    #15

    Sony ultra t2 compatible 4G in India

  13. By Raja Manivas Vennapu

    #16

    How to enable LTE band 40 on Xperia C4 E5333

  14. By Roshan Mathews

    #17

    This is outdated there are many LTE carriers in India i use LTE

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