O2 5G has just been switched on in parts of Northampton

19 February 2020

O2 5G

O2 aims to have 5G in 50 UK locations by this summer, and it’s now one step closer to achieving that, as it has just switched on its 5G service in Northampton.

To be precise, it has switched on its first 5G hotspot in the town. We’re not sure how much coverage that provides, but we’re guessing there will be areas in Northampton that still don’t have 5G yet. We would say you should check your coverage, but at the time of writing O2’s coverage checker still reports no 5G at all in Northampton – though we expect that will be updated soon.

In any case, you should be able to get at least partial coverage in the town on O2, and we’d expect 5G coverage in Northampton will improve before long.

Now's the time

So if you’re on O2 and live or work in Northampton, now could be the time to upgrade to speedy 5G, especially as the network doesn’t charge a premium for 5G, and now even offers unlimited data plans and various 5G phones, so you can make the most of it. However, you also have options, as EE already offers 5G in Northampton too.

Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Brendan O’Reilly of Telefónica UK said:

"Now customers in Northampton can start benefiting from our next generation network on a range of tariffs that make it easy and fair to access 5G, with flexible plans that cost no more than 4G.”

The switching on of 5G in Northampton follows O2’s initial 5G launch in October 2019, and an expansion to 20 towns and cities by the end of that year.

It seems on track to hit 50 locations by the summer, but it faces plenty of competition. EE already offers 5G in 50 UK locations, while Vodafone has it in 37 (plus numerous roaming locations abroad), and Three plans to switch 5G on in 66 locations at the end of February, so O2 could soon been trailing.

Still, every network seems to be expanding its 5G coverage rapidly, so for now any one of them could be a good choice – especially if they have 5G near you.

Sub-Editor at 5G.co.uk

James is sub-editor at both 5G.co.uk and TechRadar. Also works as a researcher/ technical writer for 5G.co.uk and several other websites including TechRadar, T3, Smart TV Radar, 3G.co.uk with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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