5G Coverage: Where is 5G available and when will it come to your 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), 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 22 major towns and cities via at least one mobile operator. More towns and cities are confirmed to be getting 5G before the end of 2019 and some mobile networks have even confirmed some of their 2020 5G launch locations.

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 2019/2020
  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

5G Cities

EE Network

May 2019

9

Vodafone Network

July 2019

16

Three Network

August 2019

1

O2 Network

October 2019

6

MVNOs 5G Launch Date 5G Cities
October, 2019 9
October, 2019 16

Areas with 5G coverage right now

There are currently 22 major towns and cities in the UK with 5G coverage on at least one mobile network. 

EE 5G coverage is currently available in 9 major locations (plus numerous smaller ones), Vodafone 5G is in 16 locations (plus a number of smaller ones), O2 is in 6, and Three is offering 5G Home Broadband in London. The major 5G locations are listed below.

City

EE

Vodafone

Three

O2

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Belfast

-

-

Birkenhead

-

- Summer 2020

Birmingham

Early 2020

Summer 2020

Bristol

Early 2020

End of 2019

Bolton

-

Early 2020

-

Cardiff

Early 2020

Coventry

-

Early 2020

End of 2019

Edinburgh

-

Early 2020

Gatwick

-

- -

Glasgow

Early 2020

Summer 2020

Lancaster

-

- -

Leeds

End of 2019

-

Early 2020

Leicester

- Early 2020 End of 2019

Liverpool

Early 2020

Summer 2020

London

Manchester

Early 2020

Summer 2020

Newbury

-

-

Summer 2020

Plymouth

2020 - Summer 2020

Slough

- - Early 2020

Stoke-on-Trent

- - End of 2019

Warrington

- - Summer 2020

Wolverhampton

Early 2020 Summer 2020

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 at least a further 21 major towns and cities on at least one network before the end of 2019, while another 8 locations will be added by Summer 2020. You can see these below.

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

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

-

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

Southampton

2020

End of 2019

-

Summer 2020

Sunderland

-

-

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 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 and VOXI have already launched a 5G service, while Sky Mobile plans to launch before the end of 2019, and Smarty has announced 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 parts of Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Leicester, London and Manchester, plus numerous smaller locations, with more roll out plans announced.

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 now launched a 5G service. As it's a Vodafone MVNO it has 5G coverage in the same 30 locations, including 16 major towns and cities, with at least 6 more places set to get 5G by the end of 2019. It also offers 5G roaming.

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