EE 5G Coverage and roll-out

EE 5G Roll Out

Now

31

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

End of 2019

31

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

EE was the first UK network with a commercial 5G service, having switched on its 5G network on May 30th, 2019. EE 5G was initially available in the six high population cities. Since launch, EE has expanded its coverage to numerous additional cities and towns, for 50 in total.

It's important to mention that these places do not currently have ‘blanket’ 5G coverage. However, 5G can be found in many areas with a high population density and coverage is increasing all the time.

Plus, a number of additional places have been confirmed to be getting 5G during 2020, and EE will be switching on more than 100 5G sites each month - these are not towns or cities but base sites that cover part of a town or city.

Contents list

  1. EE 5G Coverage
    1. ​EE coverage checker
    2. Cities with EE 5G now?
    3. Locations getting 5G next?
    4. Comparison to other networks
  2. EE 4G Coverage
  3. EE 5G Network Speeds
  4. EE's 5G Spectrum

EE coverage checker

EE has an online coverage tool where you can enter your postcode to get an accurate estimation of the 5G coverage in your area. EE’s coverage map also shows 4G, 3G and 2G coverage.

We recommend that you check coverage in your area before buying a 5G phone or plan, as it won’t initially be widely available.

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Which towns and cities have EE 5G now?

Towns and cities with EE 5G now

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Belfast

Birmingham

Bristol

Cardiff

Castlereagh

Chatham

 Clifton

Coventry

Dudley

Edinburgh

Gillingham

Glasgow

Grays

Guildford

Hamilton

Harlow

Hoddesdon

Huddersfield

Hull

Kimberley

Kingston-upon-Thames

Leeds

Leicester

Lichfield

Lisburn

Liverpool

 Lichfield

London

Maidstone

 Manchester

Milnrow 

Newcastle

Northampton

Nottingham

Oldham

Potters Bar

Rochdale

Romford

Salford

Sheffield

Solihull

Stevenage

Sunderland

Sutton Coldfield

Sydenham

Wakefield

Walsall

Watford

West Bromwich

Wolverhampton

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EE 5G is currently available in parts of Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Sunderland, Wakefield and Wolverhampton.

Those are the major cities with EE 5G coverage but EE has also switched 5G on in numerous towns, as you can see in the chart above.

Coverage isn’t comprehensive, but it is improving – recently for example EE expanded its 5G coverage to London Waterloo, Piccadilly Circus, St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff, and numerous other busy locations.

What locations will EE 5G roll out to next?

EE has named a further 9 towns and cities that will get 5G during 2020.

Towns and Cities getting EE 5G in 2020

Aberdeen

Cambridge

Derby

Gloucester

Peterborough

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Southampton

Worcester

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Note that EE is also likely to roll 5G out to additional towns and cities this year, but it hasn’t yet confirmed where. As with current coverage areas the cities above won’t have complete 5G coverage on day one though. Rather, it will likely mostly just be in the busiest parts.

EE has said that it plans to switch on over 100 5G sites every month.

How does EE's 5G coverage compare to the other mobile networks?

There are currently 57 major towns and cities with 5G coverage from at least one UK mobile network. EE 5G coverage is currently available in 41 major locations, Vodafone has 23 such locations, O2 has 21, and Three currently only offers 5G Home Broadband in London.

City

EE

Vodafone

Three

O2

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Belfast

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Birkenhead

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Summer 2020

Birmingham

Q1 2020

Bolton

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Q1 2020

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Bootle

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Bradford

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Q1 2020

Bristol

Q1 2020

Cardiff

Q1 2020

Chatham

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Coventry

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Q1 2020

Derby

2020

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Q1 2020

Dudley

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Edinburgh

Q1 2020

Gatwick

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Gillingham

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Glasgow

Q1 2020

Guildford

2020

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Q1 2020

Hamilton

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Harlow

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Huddersfield

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Hull

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Q1 2020

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Kingston Upon Thames

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Q1 2020

Lancaster

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Leeds

Q1 2020

Leicester

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Q1 2020

Lichfield

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Lisburn

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Liverpool

Q1 2020

Llandudno

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London

Maidstone

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Manchester

Q1 2020

Newbury

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Summer 2020

Newcastle

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Northampton

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Summer 2020

Norwich

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Nottingham

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Q1 2020

Oldham

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Paisley

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Plymouth

2020

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Summer 2020

Rochdale

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Romford

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Salford

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Sheffield

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Q1 2020

Slough

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Q1 2020

Solihull

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Stevenage

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Stockport

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Stoke-on-Trent

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Sunderland

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Q1 2020

Summer 2020

Sutton Coalfield

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Wakefield

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Walsall

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Warrington

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Summer 2020

Watford

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West Bromwich

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Wolverhampton

Q1 2020

Summer 2020

4G Coverage

If you’re not in a 5G coverage area then you’ll have to rely on 4G or 3G coverage, just as you would have done before 5G launched.

EE likely has more 4G coverage than any rival network at over 99% population coverage, so even in places where you can’t get 5G you should be in good hands. Below you’ll find a 4G coverage comparison between EE and the other main UK networks, based on the latest available data.

UK 4G Coverage (2019)

Network

4G population coverage

EE

>99% (check coverage)

Three

99.8% (check coverage)

Vodafone

99% (check coverage)

O2

99% (check coverage)

5G Network Speeds

EE says that currently users should expect speeds that are typically 100-150Mbps faster than 4G. Speeds on 4G can vary, but Opensignal’s Mobile Network Experience Report from October 2019 put EE’s at 33.7Mbps on average, while the most its 4G plans support is 90Mbps, so on EE 5G you should theoretically average around 130Mbps – 240Mbps. However, top speeds could currently exceed 1Gbps according to the network.

That said, an Opensignal report found that the top 5G speeds on any UK network between April-September 2019 were 599Mbps, so 1Gbps might not be realistic just yet.

Latency

Latency is how long the mobile network takes to respond to a request. So it’s the period of time before data even begins travelling. It’s measured in milliseconds (ms), but while on 4G networks it’s often around 40-50ms, with 5G it could ultimately be as low as 1ms – though don’t expect it to be that low just yet.

EE hasn’t revealed exactly how low latency its 5G network is yet, but it has said to expect an almost “instant connection”, which should be hugely beneficial to gamers, but will also help any other thing that requires the internet seem smoother and slicker than on 4G.

According to data from Ookla, 5G latency across networks in the UK currently averages around 21-26ms.

EE’s 5G Spectrum

EE's 5G spectrum holding as compared to rivals can be viewed below.

EE 5G spectrum ie frequency bands

This chart comes courtesy of Three, and the line at 100MHz signifies the amount of contiguous 5G spectrum required for ‘true’ 5G according to the ITU (the global standards body on 5G technology).

However, it’s worth noting that there are set to be future 5G auctions for spectrum in the 3.6GHz - 3.8GHz bands and the 700MHz band, as well likely as the 26GHz and 8GHz bands, and potentially others, so there’s time for EE to collect more 5G spectrum.

EE also has plenty of spectrum less suited to 5G, with more spectrum overall than any rival in fact.

Networks that have launched 5G in the UK

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