Giffgaff 5G coverage and roll-out

GiffGaff 5G Roll Out

Now

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

End of 2019

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

Giffgaff launched its 5G service on October 20, 2020. That’s almost exactly a year after O2 – which it shares coverage with - launched 5G. But its coverage is therefore extensive immediately, as through O2 it offers 5G coverage in parts of 108 towns and cities across the UK.

We also have a good idea of where will get Giffgaff 5G next, as O2 has revealed 9 additional towns and cities that are likely to get 5G coverage in the near future.

Below you’ll find full details of all the places that have 5G on Giffgaff now, as well as those that we’re expecting to get a 5G upgrade soon, along with other information on Giffgaff’s 5G service and mobile network.

Contents list

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

Giffgaff coverage checker

You can use Giffgaff’s online coverage checker to see 5G, 4G, 3G and 2G coverage. Just type in your postcode or town to see details of coverage both indoors and out.

Many places still don’t have Giffgaff 5G coverage yet, so you should check your home, work, and anywhere else you’re likely to need 5G before buying a 5G phone or 5G SIM Only plan.

Which towns and cities have Giffgaff 5G now?

Aberdeen

Ashford

Aughton

Aylesbury

Banstead

Basildon

Beaconsfield

Bedford

Belfast

Birmingham

Blaydon

Bradford

Bridge of Don

Brighton

Bristol

Bury St Edmunds

Byfleet

Cambridge

Cardiff

Chadwell St Mary

Chatham

Chelmsford

Chesterfield

Chipstead

Colchester

Coventry

Dartford

Derby

Dewsbury

Doncaster

Dundee

Durham

Dyce

Eastbourne

Edinburgh

Epsom

Esher

Eton and Windsor

Gateshead

Gatton Bottom

Gillingham

Glasgow

Gravesend

Grays

Great Yarmouth

Halifax

Harlington

Harlow

Hemel Hempstead

Hextable

High Wycombe

Hove

How Wood

Huddersfield

Hull

Ipswich

Jarrow

Leeds

Leicester

Lincoln

Lisburn

Liverpool

London

Longford

Loughborough

Lowestoft

Luton

Manchester

Mansfield

Middlesbrough

Milton Keynes

Morley

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newtownabbey

North Shields

Northampton

Norwich

Nottingham

Nuneaton

Orpington

Oxford

Peterborough

Plymouth

Rainham

Redhill

Rotherham

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Rugby

Sheffield

Shepperton Green

Slough

South Shields

Southend-On-Sea

Staines

Stevenage

Stockton

Stoke-on-Trent

Sunbury

Sunderland

Thundersley

Tynemouth

Warrington

Washington

Weybridge

Whickham

Whitley Bay

Worthing

York

Giffgaff’s 5G service is currently available in all of the places above. However, it’s worth noting that only parts of these places have 5G – coverage will improve over time, but right now it’s not comprehensive in most of the towns and cities that have it.

What locations will Giffgaff 5G roll out to next?

O2 has named some of the places it will bring 5G to soon, and Giffgaff is sure to get coverage at the same time. These places are listed below.

Birkenhead

Blackpool

Bournemouth

Guildford

Newbury

Portsmouth

Reading

Southampton

Wolverhampton

 

 

 

Other places beyond those in this chart may well also get Giffgaff 5G this year or early in 2021, they just haven’t been confirmed yet.

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

There are currently 94 major towns and cities with 5G coverage from at least one UK mobile network. Giffgaff (via O2) currently has 5G in 56 of these major locations, EE has it in 62, Vodafone has it in 30, and Three offers it in 41. All of these key locations are listed below.

Town/City with population of 100K or more

EE

+BT

Vodafone

+VOXI

Three

O2

+Sky +Tesco +Giffgaff

Aberdeen

-

Bath

-

-

Barnsley

-

-

-

Basildon

-

-

Bedford

-

-

Belfast

Birkenhead

2020

Birmingham

Blackburn

-

-

-

Blackpool

2020

2020

Bournemouth

-

-

Bradford

-

-

Brighton

-

-

Bristol

Bury

-

-

Cambridge

-

-

-

Cardiff

Chatham

-

Chelmsford

-

Cheltenham

-

-

Chesterfield

-

-

Clevedon

-

-

-

Clydebank

-

-

-

Colchester

-

-

Coventry

-

Crawley

-

-

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

-

-

-

Lincoln

-

-

Liverpool

Llandudno

-

-

-

Loughborough

-

-

London

Luton

-

-

Maidstone

-

-

Manchester

Middlesbrough

-

-

-

Milton Keynes

-

-

Motherwell

-

-

Newbury

-

-

2020

Newcastle

-

Newport

-

-

-

Northampton

-

North Shields

-

-

Norwich

-

-

-

Nottingham

-

Oldham

-

-

-

Oxford

-

Paisley

-

-

Peterborough

2020

-

Plymouth

Portsmouth

2020

-

Preston

-

-

-

Reading

-

2020

Redhill

-

-

-

Rochdale

-

-

Rochester

-

-

-

Romford

-

-

-

Rotherham

-

2020

Salford

-

-

Sheffield

-

Slough

-

-

Solihull

-

-

Southampton

2020

2020

Southend On Sea

-

Southport

-

-

-

South Shields

-

-

St. Albans

-

-

-

Staines

-

-

Stevenage

-

Stirling

-

-

-

Stockport

-

-

-

Stoke-on-Trent

-

Sunderland

-

Sutton Coalfield

-

-

-

Swansea

-

-

Swindon

-

-

-

Telford

-

-

-

Wakefield

-

-

Walsall

-

-

-

Warrington

-

Watford

-

-

-

West Bromwich

-

-

-

Wigan

-

-

-

Wolverhampton

2020

2020

Worcester

-

-

-

Worthing

-

-

-

York

-

-

4G Coverage

Giffgaff of course also offers 4G, 3G and 2G coverage, and at the time of writing this will be a lot more widespread than 5G.

Giffgaff (through O2’s infrastructure and spectrum) has roughly 99% population coverage with 4G, 3G, and 2G, all of which is broadly in line with rivals, as you can see below.

UK 4G Coverage (2020)

Network

4G population coverage

EE

(+BT)

>99%

Check Coverage

Three

99.8%

 Check Coverage

Vodafone

(+VOXI)

99% 

Check Coverage

O2

(+Sky +Tesco +Giffgaff)

99% 

Check Coverage

5G Network Speeds

O2’s average 5G download speed

O2’s median 5G download speed in Belfast

O2’s max 5G download speed in London

159.48Mbps (Ookla)

121.3Mbps (Rootmetrics)

146.4Mbps (RootMetrics)

There isn’t much data on giffgaff’s 5G speeds yet, but the network has said you should be able to download an hour-long TV episode in around 17 seconds on average, or potentially as little as three seconds if you’re right by a mast.

Beyond that, we can look at data on O2’s speeds to get an idea, given that Giffgaff uses O2’s network. The chart above has some of O2’s test results. You can see for example that according to Ookla in late 2019, O2’s average 5G download speed was 159.48Mbps.

RootMetrics has similarly found – through tests carried out in the first half of 2020 - that O2 has a median 5G download speed of 121.3Mbps in Belfast and a maximum 5G download speed of 146.4Mbps in London. 

Latency

Latency is how long a mobile network takes to respond to a request before it starts transferring data. So even with high speeds, if latency is also high it can make some things feel slow, even though it’s measured in milliseconds (ms).

Giffgaff hasn’t said anything about its 5G latency, but according to late 2019 data from Ookla, 5G latency on UK networks averages roughly 21-26ms. It’s been said though that eventually 5G could offer latency as low as 1ms. For reference, 4G latency tends to be around 30-50ms.

Giffgaff’s 5G Spectrum

Giffgaff's 5G spectrum holdings (through O2) as compared to rivals can be viewed below.

EE 5G spectrum ie frequency bands

Giffgaff doesn’t have its own 5G spectrum, but it uses O2’s which can be seen in the chart above (credit: Three), as can the spectrum of rival networks.

As you can see, Three is ahead, and is also the only network with over 100MHz of 5G spectrum. That’s the amount of contiguous 5G spectrum that’s needed for ‘true’ 5G according to the ITU (the global standards body on 5G technology).

Giffgaff through O2 meanwhile is in joint last place along with EE. That said, spectrum isn’t everything, and there are set to be more 5G spectrum auctions, so O2 (and therefore Giffgaff’s) access to 5G spectrum could grow substantially.

Networks that have launched 5G in the UK

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