Vodafone 5G coverage and roll-out

Vodafone 5G Roll Out

Now

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Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

End of 2019

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Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

Vodafone launched its 5G network on July 3rd and became the second mobile operator to launch 5G in the UK.

5G was available in 7 cities at launch, but coverage has expanded rapidly since then. At the time of writing, Vodafone 5G is available in parts of 46 UK towns and cities, and while coverage probably won't be comprehensive for years, that's in line with rivals.

The network has also announced 2 more places it will be bringing 5G to in 2020, with many more locations sure to follow.

Contents list

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

Vodafone coverage checker

Vodafone has an online coverage tool where you can enter your postcode to get an accurate estimation of the 5G coverage in your area. We recommend that you check coverage in your area before buying a 5G phone or plan, as it isn't initially widely available.

Vodafone’s coverage map also shows 4G, 3G and 2G coverage, any available Vodafone Wi-Fi hotspots in the area, and can even give you an estimate of the speeds you can expect with each data type. Just tap on the ‘data speed info’ button to see this once you’ve entered a location or post code.

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Which towns and cities have Vodafone 5G now?

Ambleside

Bebington

Belfast

Birkenhead

Birmingham

Bishopbriggs

Bootle

Bristol

Cardiff

Cheadle

Cheltenham

Droylsden

Eccles

Gatwick

Glasgow

Guildford

Horwich

Huyton-with-Roby

Edinburgh

Isle of Scilly

Lancaster

Liverpool

Llandudno

London

Manchester

Mangotsfield

Newbury

Leeds

Paisley

Penarth

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Prestwich

Reading

Rochdale

Salford

Solihull

Southampton

Stoke

Stockport

Stretford

Swansea

Wallasey

Warrington

Wolverhampton

 

 

 

Vodafone 5G is currently available in parts of the places above, with major locations including the likes of Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

Don’t expect to get 5G coverage everywhere in these places – it’s likely to be best in the busiest parts, but will be improving over time, as well as spreading to other towns and cities.

What locations will Vodafone 5G roll out to next?

Vodafone has named 2 further locations that will get 5G during 2020.

Towns and cities getting Vodafone 5G in 2020

Blackpool

Bournemouth

 

 

Vodafone hasn’t yet said which locations will get 5G beyond the places above, but we’ll update this section as soon as we hear anything. Note however that smaller and more rural locations are likely to be waiting longer than large towns and cities.

Of course, as well as new towns and cities we’d also expect coverage to quickly improve in the cities that already have Vodafone 5G.

Vodafone has previously said that it expects a similar speed rollout to 4G, with around 50% of devices getting a 5G connection by the mid-2020s. That could put it behind Three, as that network has said that over the next three years it expects 5G to cover 80% of its network traffic.

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

There are currently 94 major towns and cities with 5G coverage from at least one UK mobile network. EE 5G coverage is currently available in 62 major locations, Vodafone has 30 such locations, O2 has 56, and Three currently has 41.

Town/City

EE

+BT

Vodafone

+VOXI

Three

O2

+Sky +Tesco +Giffgaff

Aberdeen

-

Bath

-

-

Basildon

-

-

-

Belfast

-

Birkenhead

2020

Birmingham

Blackpool

2020

2020

Bradford

-

-

Brighton

-

-

Bristol

Bury

-

-

Cambridge

-

-

-

Cardiff

Chatham

-

Chelmsford

-

-

Cheltenham

-

-

-

Chesterfield

-

-

Clevedon

-

-

-

Clydebank

-

-

-

Coventry

-

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

-

-

-

Liverpool

Llandudno

-

-

-

Loughborough

-

-

London

Luton

-

-

Maidstone

-

-

Manchester

Middlesbrough

-

-

-

Motherwell

-

-

Newbury

-

-

2020

Newcastle

-

-

Northampton

-

-

North Shields

-

-

Norwich

-

-

-

Nottingham

-

Oldham

-

-

-

Oxford

-

-

Paisley

-

-

Peterborough

2020

-

Plymouth

Portsmouth

2020

2020

-

Preston

-

-

-

Reading

-

2020

Redhill

-

-

-

Rochdale

-

-

Rochester

-

-

-

Romford

-

-

-

Rotherham

-

2020

Salford

-

-

Sheffield

-

Slough

-

-

Solihull

-

-

Southampton

2020

2020

2020

Southend On Sea

-

-

South Shields

-

-

St. Albans

-

-

-

Staines

-

-

Stevenage

-

Stirling

-

-

-

Stockport

-

-

-

Stoke-on-Trent

-

-

Sunderland

-

Sutton Coalfield

-

-

-

Swansea

-

-

Swindon

-

-

-

Wakefield

-

-

-

Walsall

-

-

-

Warrington

-

-

Watford

-

-

-

West Bromwich

-

-

-

Wigan

-

-

-

Wolverhampton

2020

2020

Worthing

-

-

-

York

-

-

-

4G Coverage

If you’re not in a 5G coverage area, then you’ll be using 4G or 3G. Vodafone has around 99% UK population coverage with 4G, along with around 99% with both 3G and 2G. That puts it roughly in line with rivals.

Below you’ll find a 4G coverage comparison between Vodafone and the other main UK networks, based on the latest available data.

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 Roaming Abroad

Vodafone has also launched a 5G roaming service, so you can use 5G abroad at no extra cost.

At the time of writing you can get 5G in 70 towns and cities across Germany, Italy, Spain and the Republic of Ireland if you're on Vodafone. No other UK networks (other than VOXI) allow 5G roaming at the time of writing, and if you include Vodafone’s roaming locations then it offers 5G in more places than any other UK network.

In Italy 5G roaming is currently available in Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples and Bologna.

In Spain you can get it in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Bilbao, La Coruña, Vigo, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Gijón, Logroño, Santander and more.

In Ireland you can get 5G in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

And in Germany it's available in a huge number of places, including but not limited to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Dortmund, Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. For a full and up to date list, check out Vodafone’s official 5G page.

With no other networks yet announcing 5G roaming plans, this is a one way that Vodafone has an early 5G advantage. These are real 5G speeds too - in a test, Vodafone showed off top download speeds of 700Mbps in Madrid.

5G Network Speeds

Average 5G download speed

Average 5G download speed

Fastest median 5G download speed

Max 5G download speed

140.15Mbps (Ookla)

122.1Mbps (Opensignal)

181.8Mbps (London)

402.2Mbps (London)

According to early 2020 data from Opensignal, Vodafone has average 5G download speeds of 122.1Mbps across the UK, while Ookla found in late 2019 that it had broadly similar average speeds of 140.15Mbps.

RootMetrics meanwhile found in the first half of 2020 that the city where it offered the highest median speed was London, where its median was 181.8Mbps, but its maximum recorded 5G speed in London was much higher at 402.2Mbps.

Vodafone itself claims that its 5G speeds average 150-200Mbps, with peak speeds of 1Gbps. According to Vodafone that means you’ll be able to download a full HD film in around 3 minutes, compared to over 15 minutes on 4G.

Indeed, Vodafone’s 4G speeds tend to average around 25.4Mbps based on data from Opensignal. Even peak 4G speeds in the UK tend to be under 100Mbps, and 3G speeds are slower still, so 5G on Vodafone should be a significant upgrade.

Latency

Latency is how long the mobile network takes to respond to a request. It’s measured in milliseconds (ms), so it’s usually an almost imperceptible amount of time, but while on 4G networks it’s often around 30-50ms, with 5G it’s expected to ultimately get as low as 1ms.

This will help everything feel smoother and more instantaneous, which will benefit day to day things like online gaming and loading streamed videos, but also help enable new use cases.

Don’t expect it to be quite as low as 1ms yet – data from Ookla from late 2019 suggests that 5G latency on UK networks averages around 21-26ms, but that’s still a big improvement on 4G latency.

Vodafone hasn’t yet said what latency to expect on its 5G network, but you can expect it to be low. We’ll update this section with exact numbers once we have some.

Vodafone’s 5G Spectrum

Vodafone's 5G spectrum holding as compared to rivals can be viewed in the chart below.

EE 5G spectrum ie frequency bands

The chart above was created by 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).

So based on this Vodafone is in the second best position spectrum-wise (albeit a distant second). Note though that Vodafone should have plenty of opportunities to acquire more spectrum, as Ofcom is set to auction off some in the 3.6GHz – 3.8GHz range and the 700MHz band at some point.

Spectrum in the 8GHz and 26GHz bands is also being freed up, and Ofcom is also planning to look into other frequency bands that might have auctionable spectrum suited to 5G.

Networks that have launched 5G in the UK

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