Today’s the day – as of May 30th 2019, 5G is finally available in the UK, albeit currently only in six cities and only on EE.
EE 5G is now available in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Birmingham, but it’s not available city-wide. Currently it’s only available in certain areas. However, many of the key locations do have 5G coverage.
In London for example, you can get 5G across much of zone 1, as well as some further out parts. Locations with 5G include Soho, Covent Garden, South Bank, Shoreditch, Kensington, Southwark, Lambeth, Earl’s Court, Spitalfields, Hoxton, Mile End, West Ham, Canning Town, Greenwich Peninsula, Stratford, Leyton, Somers Town, Finsbury, and numerous other places, as you can see in the map.
In Manchester meanwhile you can enjoy EE 5G in the likes of parts of the city centre, Moss Side, Wharfside, Daisy Nook, Little Moss, Newton Heath, Ardwick, Hulme, Longsight, Higher Broughton, Ellesmere Park and more.
In Edinburgh? Then you should be able to get 5G speeds in Leith, Broughton, Abbeyhill, Meadowbank, Lochend, Inverleith, Slateford, Saughton, Murrayfield and more.
Cardiff has EE 5G in Newtown, Butetown, Plasnewydd, Adamsdown, Splott, parts of Cardiff Bay, Riverside, Grangetown, Canton, Saltmead, Pontcanna, Tremorfa, Blackweir, Maindy, Penylan Hill, Llandaff, Gabalfa, Rumney and more.
Belfast on the other hand has EE 5G in Sandy Row, George Best Belfast City Airport, parts of Titanic Quarter, Dunmurry, Twinbrook, Derriaghy, parts of Donegall Pass, parts of Queen’s Quarter, and other places.
Finally, Birmingham currently has EE 5G in Bordesley, Ladywood, Jewellery Quarter, Vauxhall, Digbeth, Highgate, Newtown, Birchfield, Attwood Green, Edgbaston, Wake Green, Moseley, Cheswick Green, Metchley, Bournbrook, Chad Valley, Smethwick, Langley Green, Lyng, Wylde Green, Stechford, Balsall Heath, Dickens Heath, and numerous other locations.
Plans and phones
Of course, to use 5G on EE you’ll also need a 5G plan and a 5G phone, but EE offers a number of these, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and Oppo Reno 5G all available.
And if your city or area doesn’t have 5G yet, don’t worry. We’d expect coverage to rapidly expand in the six cities above, while EE also plans to switch on 5G in Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol later this year, with even more places set to get it in 2020.
- Useful read: What is 5G?