Where is 5G coverage available & when will it come to my area?

5G coverage. What coverage is in my area.

5G has launched in a number of places here in the UK, but as with previous generations of the technology (namely 3G and 4G), the actual 5G coverage is limited at launch to a number of major cities. The roll-out of 5G is gaining traction 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 17 towns and cities via at least one mobile operator. More towns and cities are confirmed as getting 5G before the end of 2019 and two mobile operators have even confirmed their 2020 5G launch locations.

In this article we will run you through everything you need to know about 5G coverage in your area. If you are looking to head straight over to the 5G coverage checkers for each operator simply follow these links: EE, Vodafone, Three and O2.

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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 and Three launch their own 5G services, with O2 scheduled to launch in October, 2019.

Network

5G Launch Date

5G Launch Cities

EE Network

May 2019

6

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Vodafone Network

July 2019

15

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Three Network

August 2019

1

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O2 Network

October 2019

6

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Areas with 5G coverage right now

There are currently 17 town and cities in the UK with 5G coverage on at least one mobile network. 

EE 5G coverage is currently available in 6 locations, Vodafone in 15 locations and Three are offering 5G Home Broadband in London.

City

EE

Vodafone

Three

O2

Belfast

-

-

October 2019

Birkenhead

-

- Summer 2020

Birmingham

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Bristol

End of 2019

End of 2019

End of 2019

Bolton

-

End of 2019

-

Cardiff

End of 2019

October 2019

Edinburgh

-

End of 2019

October 2019

Gatwick

-

- -

Glasgow

End of 2019

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Lancaster

-

- -

Liverpool

End of 2019

End of 2019

Summer 2020

London

October 2019

Manchester

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Newbury

-

-

Summer 2020

Plymouth

2020 - Summer 2020

Stoke-on-Trent

- - End of 2019

Wolverhampton

2020

End of 2019 Summer 2020

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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 2019/2020

5G coverage will roll-out to a further 26 towns and cities on at least one network before the end of 2019, while another 9 locations will be added by Summer 2020.

Town/City

EE

Vodafone

Three

O2

Aberdeen

2020

-

-

Summer 2020

Blackpool

-

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

Bradford

-

-

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Brighton

-

-

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Bournemouth

-

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

Cambridge

2020

-

-

Summer 2020

Coventry

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

End of 2019

Derby

2020

-

End of 2019

End of 2019

Eton

-

-

-

End of 2019

Gloucester

2020

-

-

-

Guilford

-

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

Hove

-

-

-

Summer 2020

Hull

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

-

Kingston

- - - Summer 2020

Leeds

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

October 2019

Leicester

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

End of 2019

Lisburn

-

-

-

End of 2019

Luton

-

-

-

Summer 2020

Middlesbrough

-

-

End of 2019

-

Milton Keynes

-

-

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Newcastle

End of 2019

-

-

Summer 2020

Northampton

-

-

-

Summer 2020

Nottingham

End of 2019

 

End of 2019

End of 2019

Norwich

-

-

-

End of 2019

Peterborough

2020

-

-

-

Portsmouth

2020

End of 2019

-

Summer 2020

Reading

-

End of 2019

End of 2019

End of 2019

Rotherham

-

-

End of 2019

-

Sheffield

End of 2019

-

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Slough

-

-

End of 2019

October 2019

Southampton

2020

End of 2019

-

Summer 2020

Sunderland

-

-

End of 2019

Summer 2020

Warrington

-

End of 2019

-

Summer 2020

Windsor

-

-

-

End of 2019

Worcester

2020

- - -

Areas with no confirmed 5G launch dates

If your town or city is not listed in either of the sections above there is currently 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, Sky Mobile and VOXI have confirmed they will begin offering 5G before the end of 2019, while Smarty have announced they 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 not yet launched 5G in any location but is scheduled to launch this Autumn in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester, with another 20 scheduled launch locations.

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 hasn’t yet spoken about 5G, but as an O2 MVNO it should have coverage in the same places as that network if and when it launches 5G.

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 London at a minimum, but Three has 24 other launch locations scheduled.

Sky Mobile 5G coverage

Sky Mobile 5G Coverage

Sky Mobile has announced that it will launch 5G by November. When it does, it will use O2's infrastructure, so its coverage should be the same. That means you can expect 5G coverage in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds at a minimum, but O2 has another 44 scheduled launch locations.

Tesco Mobile 5G coverage

Tesco Mobile 5G Coverage

Tesco Mobile hasn't yet announced its 5G plans, but it is currently partnered with O2, so expect the same 5G coverage if and when it launches on Tesco.

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 confirmed that it will launch 5G at some point during 2019. As it's a Vodafone MVNO you can expect coverage in parts of Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bristol, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, Lancaster, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton, with another 7 scheduled launch locations.

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