Sky Mobile 5G Coverage

Sky Mobile 5G Roll Out

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Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

End of 2019

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

Sky Mobile is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) which uses O2’s infrastructure and spectrum. It launched a 5G service on January 16th, 2020, making it the third MVNO to do so (after BT Mobile and VOXI).

As it uses O2’s infrastructure, it also has 5G in the same places as O2, meaning 21 towns and cities at the time of writing.

You’ll find full details of them below, along with information on the next places Sky Mobile is likely to start offering 5G in.

Contents list

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

Sky Mobile coverage checker

Sky Mobile has an online coverage checker that will give you a detailed look at 5G coverage across the UK, as well as highlighting 4G, 3G and 2G coverage.

5G coverage is currently very limited, even in many of the towns and cities that have 5G at all, so it’s definitely worth checking your coverage before buying a 5G plan or 5G phone.

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Which cities have Sky Mobile 5G now?

Belfast

Birmingham

Bradford

Bristol

Cardiff

Coventry

Derby

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Leeds

Leicester

Lisburn

Liverpool

London

Manchester

Newcastle

Norwich

Nottingham

Sheffield

Slough

Stoke

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Sky Mobile 5G is currently available in parts of all the locations in the chart above, though note that coverage won’t initially be comprehensive in these locations. This is true of all 5G networks.

What locations will Sky Mobile 5G roll out to next?

Since Sky Mobile uses O2’s network, we know that its 5G coverage will expand to the same places as O2, meaning the following locations are next in line.

Towns and cities getting Sky Mobile 5G in 2020 (confirmed)

Aberdeen

Birkenhead

Blackpool

Bournemouth

Brighton

Cambridge

Eton

Guildford

Hove

Kingston

Luton

Milton Keynes

Newbury

Northampton

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Reading

Southampton

Sunderland

Warrington

 Windsor

Wolverhampton

 

 

While that’s all that’s been confirmed at the time of writing, we’d expect more places will also get Sky Mobile 5G before the end of 2020.

How does Sky Mobile'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. Sky Mobile (through O2) currently has 5G in 21 of these major locations, while EE has it in 41 such locations (along with a number of smaller ones), Vodafone has it in 26 such locations and Three currently only offers 5G Home Broadband in London. These key locations are listed below.

 

EE

+BT

Vodafone

+VOXI

Three

O2

+Sky +Tesco

Aberdeen

-

-

-

Bath

-

-

Belfast

-

Birkenhead

Summer 2020

Birmingham

Blackpool

-

Q1 2020

Q1 2020

Bootle

-

-

-

Bradford

-

-

Brighton

-

-

Summer 2020

Bristol

Bury

-

-

-

Cardiff

Chatham

-

-

Chelmsford

-

-

-

Clevedon

-

-

-

Clydebank

-

-

-

Coventry

-

Dartford

-

-

-

Derby

2020

-

-

Doncaster

-

-

-

Dudley

-

-

-

Dundee

-

-

-

Edinburgh

-

Gatwick

-

-

-

Gillingham

-

-

-

Glasgow

Guildford

2020

Q1 2020

Hamilton

-

-

-

Harlow

-

-

-

Hemel Hempstead

-

-

-

Huddersfield

-

-

Hull

-

-

-

Kingston Upon Thames

-

-

Q1 2020

Ipswich

-

-

-

Lancaster

-

-

-

Leeds

Leicester

-

Lichfield

-

-

-

Lisburn

-

-

Liverpool

Llandudno

-

-

-

Loughborough

-

-

-

Loughton

-

-

-

London

Luton

-

-

Summer 2020

Maidstone

-

-

Manchester

Motherwell

-

-

Newbury

-

-

Summer 2020

Newcastle

-

-

Northampton

-

-

Summer 2020

North Shields

-

-

-

Norwich

-

-

-

Nottingham

-

Oldham

-

-

-

Paisley

-

-

-

Peterborough

2020

-

-

Plymouth

2020

Summer 2020

Preston

-

-

-

Reading

-

March 2020

Rochdale

-

-

Rochester

-

-

-

Romford

-

-

-

Rotherham

-

Q1 2020

-

Rugeley

-

-

-

Salford

-

-

Sheffield

-

Slough

-

-

Solihull

-

-

Swadlincote

-

-

South Shields

-

-

-

St. Albans

-

-

-

Staines

-

-

-

Stevenage

-

-

-

Stockport

-

-

-

Stoke-on-Trent

-

-

Sunderland

-

Summer 2020

Sutton Coalfield

-

-

-

Swansea

-

-

-

Swindon

-

-

-

Wakefield

-

-

-

Walsall

-

-

-

Warrington

-

-

Summer 2020

Watford

-

-

-

West Bromwich

-

-

-

Wigan

-

-

-

Wolverhampton

Q1 2020

Summer 2020

4G Coverage

Sky Mobile will continue to offer 4G (as well as 3G and 2G) coverage, so until 5G coverage is comprehensive, this remains important, as Sky will revert to these network technologies in places where 5G isn’t yet available.

Through O2, Sky Mobile has around 99% 4G coverage, which is comparable with rivals as you can see in the table below. It also has a similar amount of 3G and 2G coverage.

UK 4G Coverage (2020)

Network

4G population coverage

EE

(+BT)

>99%

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Three

99.8%

 Check Coverage

Vodafone

(+VOXI)

99% 

Check Coverage

O2

(+Sky +Tesco)

99% 

Check Coverage

5G Network Speeds

Sky Mobile hasn’t said how fast its 5G network is and nor for that matter has O2 at the time of writing, but we know that typical current 5G speeds on most networks are around 150-250Mbps, so Sky Mobile is likely to be similar.

Peak speeds are potentially far higher, with some networks pointing to 1Gbps or more, though an Opensignal report from 2019 found top UK 5G speeds came in at 599Mbps.

In any case, that’s still very fast when you consider that O2’s 4G download speeds average just 16.9Mbps according to a late 2019 Opensignal report.

Latency

Latency refers to how long a mobile network takes to respond to a request before it starts transferring data. It’s measured in milliseconds (ms) and a high latency can make even an otherwise fast network feel sluggish.

While Sky Mobile hasn’t detailed its 5G latency yet, we know that on 4G latency tends to be in the region of 40-50ms, and that eventually 5G could offer latency as low as 1ms. Right now though it’s likely to lie somewhere in the middle. Indeed, according to late 2019 data from Ookla, 5G latency on UK networks averages around 21-26ms.

Sky Mobile’s 5G Spectrum

Sky Mobile's 5G spectrum holdings as compared to rivals can be viewed below.

Network frequency bands

As noted above, Sky Mobile uses O2’s spectrum, which can be seen in relation to other networks in the chart above (credit: Three).

The line at 100MHz marks the amount of contiguous 5G spectrum required for ‘true’ 5G according to the ITU (the global standards body on 5G technology). So Three is the only network currently in a position to offer true 5G according to the ITU’s definition of it, while Sky Mobile through O2 is in joint last along with EE and BT (which uses EE’s spectrum).

Networks that have launched 5G in the UK

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