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 5G is available in parts of 100 cities and towns across the UK at the time of writing. On top of that it’s also available in 193 roaming locations in parts of Europe.

VOXI originally launched its 5G service on Tuesday 29th October, 2019, and it’s run by Vodafone, meaning it also has the same 5G coverage as Vodafone. That means that as Vodafone’s 5G coverage improves, so will VOXI’s.

Below we’ve highlighted all the key places that VOXI 5G is available in, as well as detailing other aspects of its 5G network, and comparing it to the UK’s other 5G services.

VOXI 5G Summary

VOXI 5G Summary

VOXI 5G coverage

100 UK towns & cities

Coverage checker

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Network speeds (average download speeds)

5G - 143.6Mbps (Point Topic tests of Vodafone)

4G - 22.4Mbps  (Opensignal tests of Vodafone)

VOXI 4G and 3G coverage

99% population coverage

5G phones

Not available

5G home broadband

Not available

5G SIM only

5G SIM only on VOXI

How does VOXI's 5G coverage compare to others?

There are 120 major towns and cities across the UK that we track for 5G coverage, and within them the networks stack up as follows:

  • O2 has launched 5G in 72 of the 120 locations below. 
  • Three has launched 5G in 67 of the 120 locations below. 
  • EE has launched 5G in 75 of the 120 locations below. 
  • Vodafone has launched 5G in 44 of the 120 locations below. 

Note however that a tick in the chart below just means a network has some coverage in a location – it might not always have much. As such, it’s always worth using a network’s official coverage checker to make sure there’s 5G where you need it.

Town/City

EE

+BT

Vodafone

+ASDA +VOXI +Virgin Mobile

Three

O2

+Sky +Tesco +Giffgaff

Aberdeen

Bath

Birmingham

Blackburn

Blackpool

Bolton

Bournemouth

Bradford

Brighton

Bristol

Bromley

Cambridge

Canterbury

Cardiff

Carlisle

Central London

Chelmsford

Chester

Cleveland

Colchester

Coventry

Crewe

Croydon

Darlington

Dartford

Derby

Doncaster

Dorchester

Dudley

Dumfries and Galloway

Dundee

Durham

East London

Edinburgh

Enfield

Exeter

Falkirk and Stirling

Galashiels

Glasgow

Gloucester

Guildford

Halifax

Harrogate

Harrow

Hemel Hempstead

Hereford

Huddersfield

Hull

Ilford

Inverness

Ipswich

Kilmarnock

Kingston upon Thames

Kirkcaldy

Kirkwall

Lancaster

Leeds

Leicester

Lerwick

Lincoln

Liverpool

Llandrindod Wells

Llandudno

Luton

Manchester

Milton Keynes

Motherwell

Newcastle upon Tyne

Newport

North London

North West London

Northampton

Northern Ireland

Norwich

Nottingham

Oldham

Outer Hebrides

Oxford

Paisley

Perth

Peterborough

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Preston

Reading

Redhill

Rochester

Romford

Salisbury

Sheffield

Shrewsbury

Slough

South East London

South West London

Southall

Southampton

Southend-on-Sea

St Albans

Stevenage

Stockport

Stoke-on-Trent

Sunderland

Sutton

Swansea

Swindon

Taunton

Telford

Tonbridge

Torquay

Truro

Twickenham

Wakefield

Walsall

Warrington

Watford

West London

Wigan

Wolverhampton

Worcester

York

Latest locations to get VOXI 5G

The most recent places that VOXI (through Vodafone) has brought 5G to (as of 26/03/2021) include Alexandria, Clydebank, Dinas Powys, Helensburgh, Isles of Scilly, Prescot, Rochdale, and Sunderland.

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.

CHECK VOXI’s 5G COVERAGE

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.

Network

4G population coverage

EE

(+BT)

>99%

Check Coverage

Three

99.8%

 Check Coverage

Vodafone

(+VOXI +Virgin Mobile)

99% 

Check Coverage

O2

(+Sky +Tesco +Giffgaff)

99% 

Check Coverage

5G roaming abroad

VOXI also offers a 5G roaming service, allowing you to use 5G in 193 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, Bologna and many more places. In Ireland you can get 5G in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Drogheda, Dundalk, Swords 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.

5G network speeds

Vodafone 5G download speeds

Vodafone’s average 5G download speed

Vodafone’s median 5G download speed

Vodafone’s max 5G download speed

143.6Mbps (Point Topic)

129 /152.17Mbps (Point Topic/Speedtest)

415Mbps (Point Topic)

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.

And while we don’t have any real data on VOXI’s 5G speeds, we do have some on Vodafone’s, and the two are likely to be similar.

So on that front, a report from Point Topic in September 2020 found that Vodafone’s highest 5G download speed was 415Mbps. The report also found that Vodafone’s average 5G download speed was 143.6Mbps, and that its median 5G download speed was 129Mbps.

There’s also Speedtest data from the third quarter of 2020, which found that Vodafone had a median download speed of 152.17Mbps.

Older results meanwhile include an average speed of either 140.15Mbps or 122.1Mbps, based on tests from Ookla and Opensignal respectively.

And 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.

All of this is a significant upgrade on Vodafone’s 4G speeds, which average 22.4Mbps according to Opensignal data from October 2020.

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.

There’s also a RootMetrics report from late 2020 which puts Vodafone’s 5G latency at 34ms in central London. Given that Vodafone owns VOXI, the latter’s latency may well be similar.

VOXI’s 5G frequency allocation

Frequency

Network type

3.6GHz (3600MHz)

5G

3.4GHz (3400MHz)

5G

2.6GHz (2600MHz)

4G

2.1GHz (2100MHz)

3G

1.8GHz (1800MHz)

2G

1.4GHz (1400MHz)

4G

900MHz

2G and 3G

800MHz

4G

VOXI uses the same 5G frequencies as Vodafone, which at the time of writing means spectrum in the 3.4GHz band, with the 3.6GHz band also set to be leveraged soon.

Those are high frequency bands, available in high capacity. Advantages of this include them being better able to cope with lots of simultaneous users and big data demands, which is becoming ever more important as more devices are going online.

However, lower frequency spectrum like the kinds that VOXI uses for 4G and 3G can travel further, and can also more easily travel through walls and other obstacles, so both kinds have advantages.

Vodafone (and therefore VOXI) has access to 50Mhz of 3.4GHz spectrum and 40MHz of 3.6GHz spectrum, for 90MHz of 5G spectrum in total.That’s more than EE or O2 (both of which have 80MHz), but far less than Three, which has 140MHz.

The other networks (but not Vodafone/VOXI) also recently gained access to 700MHz spectrum, which we don’t tend to think of as 5G spectrum, but which may be used for 5G. If you factor that in to their 5G spectrum holdings then EE’s goes up to 120MHz, Three’s to 160MHz, and O2’s to 100MHz.

That said, there may be future 5G spectrum auctions, where Vodafone (and therefore VOXI) could gain more.

Networks that have launched 5G in the UK

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