Three 5G comes to Carlisle, Shrewsbury and loads more places

2 March 2021

Three 5G

Three has expanded its 5G network to dozens of new locations recently, with 194 places now having Three 5G in total at the time of writing. That’s more places than any other UK network, and the new places to get 5G include major towns and cities like Carlisle, Shrewsbury, and Falkirk.

Not only that, but to the best of our knowledge Three is the first network to have brought 5G to Carlisle or Shrewsbury, so until recently you couldn’t get 5G in these places on any network.

The full list of new locations to get Three 5G is as follows: Ashford, Belfast International Airport (Aldergrove), Birdwell, Bishopthorpe, Brentwood, Campton, Carlisle, Chorley, Coedkernew, Delph, Dinnington, East Midlands Airport, Egginton, Falkirk, Gateshead, Hatfield, Heywood, Isle of Grain, Kinmel Bay, Kirknewton, Knowl Wall, Loughborough, Margate, Marston Moretaine, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Milnrow, Newark-on-Trent, Newtonabbey, Pontefract, Redditch, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury, South Kirkby, South Ockendon, Stafford, Stansted Airport, Stratford-upon-Avon, Swinton, Ullesthorpe, and Wallingford.

A few of those (such as the airports) may previously have been counted under other areas, and actually already have had 5G, but the bulk of these locations got Three 5G for the first time recently.

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It’s worth noting that most of these places won’t have comprehensive 5G coverage yet though, so it’s worth using Three’s coverage checker to see how widespread 5G is in your area.

Still, Three is rapidly improving its coverage. To put some perspective on how quickly Three’s 5G service is growing – it had 1,000 5G sites active at the end of 2020, and by late February of this year it was up to 1,250, with hundreds more expected to come online before the end of 2021.

So you can expect loads more towns and cities to get Three 5G before the end of the year, and also for coverage in places that already have 5G to improve. This rapid rollout should also give rival networks the competition they need to keep quickly improving their coverage, so this is good news for everyone, whether you’re a Three customer or not.

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James has been writing for us for over 10 years. Currently, he is Editorial Manager for our group of companies (, and and sub-editor at TechRadar. He specialises in smartphones, mobile networks/ technology, tablets, and wearables.

In the past, James has also written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media, Smart TV Radar, and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV. He has a film studies degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, and has over a decade’s worth of professional writing experience.

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