Bandwidth

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The Frequency range a signal occupies.

An Example

This picture shows the power density spectrum of an PSK modulated signal. You can see that around the center frequency of the signal an frequency interval from f1 to f2 is needed to transmit that signal.
As most of that signals in theory needs an unlimited bandwidth from -inf to +inf, the bandwidth covers the frequency interval

BW = f2 - f1

which is needed to successfully transmit and recognize that signal.


Description



any more picture here? Maybe several peaks in a spectrum diagram or the DVB-T/analog TV spectrum in a bigger european city, then the bandwidths used by different signals are nicely visualized. Or the simple 6/7/8MHz carrier picture for PAL or COFDM?

Links

Wikipedia's Bandwidth definition. Nice and comprehesive