5G Coverage Checker

5G Roll Out

Now

74

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

End of 2019

74

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

End of 2020

74

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

Networks that have launched 5G in the UK

5G Coverage and Rollout

5G has launched in a number of places here in the UK, but as with the early days of previous generations of the technology (namely 3G and 4G), actual 5G coverage is limited mostly to parts of select towns and cities. The roll out of 5G is gaining traction though, and the main question on everyone's mind is when does 5G come to my area?

The good news is that 5G is already available in 98 major towns and cities via at least one mobile operator. Many of the towns and cities set to get 5G throughout 2020 have also now been revealed.

In this article we will run you through everything you need to know about 5G coverage in your area.

Contents

  1. 5G coverage overview
  2. Areas with 5G coverage right now
  3. Areas getting 5G coverage in 2020
  4. Areas with no confirmed 5G launch dates
  5. When will MVNOs launch 5G?

5G coverage overview

EE became the first mobile operator to launch 5G in the UK. That was back in May, 2019, and since then we've seen Vodafone, O2 and Three launch their own 5G services, along with some MVNOs (discussed below).

Network

5G Launch Date

Major Towns and Cities with 5G

EE Network

May, 2019

63

Vodafone Network

July 2019

30

Three Network

February, 2020

41

O2 Network

October 2019

47

BT Mobile

October, 2019

63

Sky Mobile 5G

January, 2020

47

Tesco Mobile 5G

March, 2020

47

October, 2019

30

Giffgaff 5G

October,2020

47

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Areas with 5G coverage right now

There are currently 98 major towns and cities in the UK with 5G coverage on at least one mobile network. 

Town/City

EE

+BT

Vodafone

+VOXI

Three

O2

+Sky +Tesco +Giffgaff

Aberdeen

-

Bath

-

-

Basildon

-

-

-

Belfast

-

Birkenhead

2020

Birmingham

Blackpool

2020

2020

Bradford

-

-

Brighton

-

-

Bristol

Bury

-

-

Cambridge

-

-

-

Cardiff

Chatham

-

Chelmsford

-

-

Cheltenham

-

-

-

Chesterfield

-

-

Clevedon

-

-

-

Clydebank

-

-

-

Coventry

-

Dartford

-

-

Derby

2020

-

Doncaster

-

Dudley

-

-

-

Dundee

-

-

Durham

-

-

-

Edinburgh

-

Gillingham

-

-

Glasgow

Guildford

2020

Harlow

-

-

Hemel Hempstead

-

-

Huddersfield

-

Hull

-

-

Kingston Upon Thames

-

-

2020

Ipswich

-

-

Lancaster

-

-

-

Leeds

Leicester

-

Lichfield

-

-

-

Liverpool

Llandudno

-

-

-

Loughborough

-

-

London

Luton

-

-

Maidstone

-

-

Manchester

Middlesbrough

-

-

-

Motherwell

-

-

Newbury

-

-

2020

Newcastle

-

-

Northampton

-

-

North Shields

-

-

Norwich

-

-

-

Nottingham

-

Oldham

-

-

-

Oxford

-

-

Paisley

-

-

Peterborough

2020

-

Plymouth

Portsmouth

2020

2020

-

Preston

-

-

-

Reading

-

2020

Redhill

-

-

-

Rochdale

-

-

Rochester

-

-

-

Romford

-

-

-

Rotherham

-

2020

Salford

-

-

Sheffield

-

Slough

-

-

Solihull

-

-

Southampton

2020

2020

2020

Southend On Sea

-

-

South Shields

-

-

St. Albans

-

-

-

Staines

-

-

Stevenage

-

Stirling

-

-

-

Stockport

-

-

-

Stoke-on-Trent

-

-

Sunderland

-

Sutton Coalfield

-

-

-

Swansea

-

-

Swindon

-

-

-

Wakefield

-

-

-

Walsall

-

-

-

Warrington

-

-

Watford

-

-

-

West Bromwich

-

-

-

Wigan

-

-

-

Wolverhampton

2020

2020

Worthing

-

-

-

York

-

-

-

EE 5G coverage is currently available in 63 major locations (plus numerous smaller ones), Vodafone 5G is in 30 locations (plus a number of smaller ones), O2 is in 47, and Three is in 41 (as well as offering 5G Home Broadband in London). The major 5G locations are listed above.

It should be noted that when a mobile operator states that 5G coverage is available in a city such as Manchester, it does not mean that Manchester has city-wide coverage - more likely it will be limited to the most heavily populated or trafficked areas. This will change in time.

To check out which areas of the above cities have 5G coverage right now you can use the coverage checkers above or find out via our individual coverage pages below:

Areas getting 5G coverage in 2020

5G coverage will roll out to at least a further 7 major towns and cities during 2020. You can see these below.

Town/City

EE

Vodafone

Three

O2

Bournemouth

-

2020

-

2020

Cambridge

2020

-

-

2020

Eton

-

-

-

2020

Gloucester

2020

-

-

-

Hove

-

-

-

2020

Milton Keynes

-

-

2020

2020

Worcester

2020

- - -

Areas with no confirmed 5G launch dates

If your town or city is not listed in either of the sections above then check our full coverage pages for each individual network, as these also include smaller locations due to get 5G. If there’s no sign of your town or city there though, then at the time of writing there is no information available on when 5G will come to your area on any of the UK's networks.

When will MVNOs launch 5G?

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) don't own their own physical network and instead use one of the UK's core networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) to provide their service. Therefore, they are reliant on the core networks allowing them to provide 5G to their customers.

So far BT, VOXI, Tesco Mobile and Sky Mobile have already launched a 5G service, while Smarty has announced that it will be offering 5G at some point in the future.

ASDA Mobile Network

Asda Mobile 5G Coverage

Asda Mobile hasn’t so far announced any 5G plans. If and when it launches 5G it should have coverage in the same places as EE.

BT Mobile Network

BT 5G Coverage

BT has launched 5G in 100 locations – the same selection as EE.

Freedompop 5G Coverage

FreedomPop 5G Coverage

FreedomPop hasn’t said if or when it will launch a 5G service, but it will likely have coverage in the same places as Three if or when it does, as that’s its network partner.

giffgaff 5G coverage

Giffgaff 5G Coverage

Giffgaff launched 5G in October,2020. As an MVNO of O2

ID Mobile 5G coverage

iD Mobile 5G Coverage

As a Three MVNO, iD Mobile will be reliant on that network's coverage if and when it launches 5G, but iD Mobile hasn't yet outlined its 5G plans.

Lyca mobile 5G coverage

Lycamobile 5G Coverage

Lycamobile hasn't said anything about its 5G plans yet, but it should have the same coverage as O2 if and when it does launch 5G.

plusnet 5G coverage

Plusnet Mobile 5G Coverage

Plusnet Mobile is owned by BT, so it will offer the same 5G coverage as that network (and EE) if and when it rolls out 5G, but so far it hasn't announced any 5G plans.

SMARTY 5G coverage

SMARTY Mobile 5G Coverage

SMARTY Mobile has confirmed that it will be offering 5G but has not yet said when. However, we know that it will presumably have coverage in the same places as Three, since it uses that network's infrastructure. That means coverage in parts of 66 UK towns and cities.

Sky Mobile 5G coverage

Sky Mobile 5G Coverage

Sky Mobile has now launched its 5G service. It uses O2's infrastructure and spectrum, so its coverage is the same. That means it has 5G in 60 towns and cities at the time of writing.

Tesco Mobile 5G coverage

Tesco Mobile 5G Coverage

Tesco Mobile launched 5G on 3rd March, 2020. It uses the O2 mobile network so it offers 5G coverage in the exact same areas as O2.

Virgin Mobile 5G coverage

Virgin Mobile 5G Coverage

Virgin Mobile hasn't outlined its 5G plans yet, but it will likely share EE's 5G coverage if and when it starts offering 5G.

VOXI 5G coverage

VOXI 5G Coverage

VOXI has now launched a 5G service. As it's a Vodafone MVNO it has 5G coverage in the same 44 UK locations. It also offers 5G roaming.

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