2.1 The radio spectrum shall be subdivided into nine frequency bands, which shall be designated by progressive whole numbers in accordance with the following table. As the unit of frequency is the hertz (Hz), frequencies shall be expressed:
- in kilohertz (kHz), up to and including 3 000 kHz;
- in megahertz (MHz), above 3 MHz, up to and including 3 000 MHz;
- in gigahertz (GHz), above 3 GHz, up to and including 3 000 GHz.
However, where adherence to these provisions
would introduce serious difficulties, for example in connection with the notification and
registration of frequencies, the lists of frequencies and related matters, reasonable
departures may be made.
|Band Number||Symbols||Frequency Range
(lower limit exclusive, upper limit inclusive)
|Corresponding Metric Subdivision||Metric Abbreviations
for the Bands
|14||VLF||3 to 30 kHz||Myriametric waves||B.Mam|
|15||LF||30 to 300 kHz||Kilometric waves||B.km|
|16||MF||300 to 3 000 kHz||Hectometric waves||B.hm|
|17||HF||3 to 30 MHz||Decametric waves||B.dam|
|18||VHF||30 to 300 MHz||Metric waves||B.m|
|19||UHF||300 to 3 000 MHz||Decimetric waves||B.dm|
|10||SHF||3 to 30 GHz||Centimetric waves||B.cm|
|11||EHF||30 to 300 GHz||Millimetric waves||B.mm|
|12||300 to 3 000 GHz||Decimillimetric waves|
Note 1: "Band N" (N = band number) extends from 0.3 × 10N Hz to 3 × 10N Hz.
Note 2: Prefix: k = kilo (103), M = mega (106), G = giga (109).
2.2 In communications between administrations and the ITU, no names, symbols or abbreviations should be used for the various frequency bands other than those specified in No. S2.1.
2.3 Any date used in relation to radiocommunication shall be according to the Gregorian Calendar.
2.4 If in a date the month is not indicated either in full or in an abbreviated form, it shall be expressed in an all-numeric form with the fixed sequence of figures, two of each representing the day, month and year.
2.5 Whenever a date is used in connection with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), this date shall be that of the prime meridian at the appropriate time, the prime meridian corresponding to zero degrees geographical longitude.
2.6 Whenever a specified time is used in international radiocommunication activities, UTC shall be applied, unless otherwise indicated, and it shall be presented as a four-digit group (0000-2359). The abbreviation UTC shall be used in all languages.
2.7 Emissions shall be designated according to their necessary bandwidth and their classification in accordance with the method described in Appendix 1.