In radio, a guard band is an unused part of the
The radio spectrum is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum with frequencies from 0 Hz to 3,000 GHz (3 THz). Electromagnetic waves in this frequency range, called radio waves, are widely used in modern technology, particular ...
between radio band
s, for the purpose of preventing
Interference is the act of interfering, invading, or poaching. Interference may also refer to:
* Interference (communication), anything which alters, modifies, or disrupts a message
* Adjacent-channel interference, caused by extr ...
It is a narrow
A frequency band is an interval in the frequency domain, delimited by a lower frequency and an upper frequency. The term may refer to a radio band or an interval of some other spectrum.
The frequency range of a system is the range over which i ...
used to separate two wider frequency ranges to ensure that both can transmit simultaneously without interfering with each other. It is used in
In telecommunications, frequency-division multiplexing (FDM) is a technique by which the total bandwidth available in a communication medium is divided into a series of non-overlapping frequency bands, each of which is used to carry a separa ...
. It may be used in both
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Wireless communication (or just wireless, when the context allows) is the transfer of information between two or more points without the use of an electrical conductor, optical fiber or other continuous guided medium for the transfer. The mos ...
communications, so that adjacent frequency bands on the same media can avoid interference.
The spectrum can also be licensed for low-power devices such as a private mobile phone network