VOXI 5G coverage and roll-out

VOXI 5G Roll Out

Now

22

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

End of 2019

22

Postcode areas with 5G Coverage

VOXI launched its 5G service on Tuesday 29th October, 2019. As it’s run by Vodafone it also has the same 5G coverage as Vodafone, meaning that at the time of writing it has 5G coverage in 46 UK towns and cities.

For the time being its coverage in these places won’t be comprehensive though, with the bulk of the 5G coverage likely to be found in the busiest parts of these towns and cities.

We also know of 2 more towns or cities that VOXI will likely bring 5G to this year, given that Vodafone plans to.

Contents list

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

VOXI coverage checker

VOXI has an online coverage checker where you can enter your postcode or town to view coverage in your area. It shows 5G, 4G, 3G and even 2G coverage.

You should always check the 5G coverage in your area before buying a 5G phone or plan, as it’s likely to be quite limited for a long time.

Coverage checker

Which cities have VOXI 5G now?

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

 

 

 

VOXI 5G is available in 46 UK towns and cities, with the major ones including Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, and Manchester.

What locations will VOXI 5G roll out to next?

VOXI itself hasn’t said much about its 5G plans, but since it’s sharing infrastructure with Vodafone we have a good idea, as Vodafone has revealed that it plans to roll 5G out to the following 2 towns and cities during 2020.

Towns and Cities getting VOXI 5G in 2020

Blackpool

Bournemouth

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

There are currently 98 major towns and cities with 5G coverage from at least one UK mobile network. VOXI 5G coverage (via Vodafone) is currently available in 30 major locations (along with numerous unlisted smaller ones),EE has 63 major locations, plus a number of smaller ones, O2 has 47, and Three currently has 41, as well as offering 5G Home Broadband in London.

Town/City

EE

+BT

Vodafone

+VOXI

Three

O2

+Sky +Tesco

Aberdeen

-

-

Bath

-

-

Basildon

-

-

-

Belfast

-

Birkenhead

2020

Birmingham

Blackpool

-

2020

2020

Bradford

-

-

Brighton

-

-

Bristol

Bury

-

-

-

Cardiff

Chatham

-

Chelmsford

-

-

-

Cheltenham

-

-

-

Chesterfield

-

-

Clevedon

-

-

-

Clydebank

-

-

-

Coventry

-

Dartford

-

-

Derby

2020

-

Doncaster

-

-

Dudley

-

-

-

Dundee

-

-

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

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-

Sheffield

-

Slough

-

-

Solihull

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-

Southampton

2020

2020

2020

Southend On Sea

-

-

-

South Shields

-

-

St. Albans

-

-

-

Staines

-

-

Stevenage

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-

Stirling

-

-

-

Stockport

-

-

-

Stoke-on-Trent

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-

Sunderland

-

Sutton Coalfield

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-

-

Swansea

-

-

Swindon

-

-

-

Wakefield

-

-

-

Walsall

-

-

-

Warrington

-

-

Watford

-

-

-

West Bromwich

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Wigan

-

-

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Wolverhampton

2020

2020

Worthing

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York

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4G Coverage

If you’re not in a 5G coverage area then you can still use your phone on 4G or 3G with a 5G plan.

You can see an overview of VOXI’s 4G coverage and that of other networks 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)

99% 

Check Coverage

Check VOXI Coverage

5G Roaming Abroad

VOXI also offers a 5G roaming service, allowing you to use 5G in 70 towns and cities across Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland.

In Spain you can currently roam on 5G in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Bilbao, La Coruña, Vigo, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Gijón, Logroño, Santander and others.

In Italy 5G roaming is currently supported in Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples and Bologna. In Ireland you can get 5G in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford at the time of writing.

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.

It is worth noting at the time of writing Vodafone is the only other UK network that offers 5G roaming. As Vodafone owns VOXI, the selection of roaming locations is the same.

VOXI 5G Network Speeds

Vodafone’s average 5G download speed

Vodafone’s average 5G download speed

Vodafone’s fastest median 5G download speed

Vodafone’s max 5G download speed

140.15Mbps (Ookla)

122.1Mbps (Opensignal)

181.8Mbps (London)

402.2Mbps (London)

VOXI claims that its 5G speeds average 150-200Mbps and top out at around 1Gbps. That’s in line with what Vodafone has said, which makes sense, since VOXI is owned and operated by Vodafone.

As for what independent tests have found, we haven’t seen anything much for VOXI on that front, but for Vodafone – which is likely to be similar - the main figures can be seen in the chart above, and include an average speed of either 140.15Mbps or 122.1Mbps, based on tests from Ookla and Opensignal respectively.

Slightly more recent tests from RootMetrics found that the city where you could get the fastest median 5G download speed on Vodafone was London, with a speed of 181.8Mbps. However, the top speed recorded by the network in London was more than double that at 402.2Mbps.

Based on all that it seems like Vodafone (and likely therefore VOXI’s) average speed estimate is roughly right, but that you’re probably unlikely to get speeds as high as 1Gbps – at least for now.

Latency

Latency is how long a network takes to respond to a request – so a high latency can slow things down even with seriously fast data speeds.

VOXI hasn’t yet said how low its 5G latency is, but in theory latency on 5G could ultimately be as little as around 1 millisecond (ms), down from the 30-50ms typically seen on 4G.

According to late 2019 data from Ookla, 5G latency on UK networks averages around 21-26ms.

VOXI’s 5G Spectrum

5G Network Spectrum

VOXI shares Vodafone’s 5G spectrum, which you can see an overview of in the chart above (credit: Three).

The line at 100MHz is there because this is the amount of contiguous 5G spectrum required for ‘true’ 5G according to the ITU (the global standards body on 5G technology).

That puts VOXI/Vodafone behind Three but ahead of O2 and EE, and there will be opportunities for VOXI/Vodafone to catch up with Three’s total too, as Ofcom plans to auction spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz – 3.8GHz bands, as well likely as the 8GHz and 26GHz bands. There might also be auctions for spectrum in other bands too.

Networks that have launched 5G in the UK

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