Three 5G going live in 66 locations at the end of February

14 February 2020

Three 5G towns and cities

Three’s 5G mobile launch has been a long time coming, but it’s finally almost here, as the network has announced that it will be bringing 5G for mobile to 65 new locations at the end of February, as well as switching it on for mobile in London (where its 5G service is already available but only for home broadband), making for 66 5G locations in total.

While it has been a long time coming, given that EE, Vodafone, O2 and some MVNOs already have live 5G mobile networks, Three could be set to leapfrog the competition, as at the time of writing EE has the most UK locations covered, with 50 in total, followed by Vodafone with 37 (plus a bunch of roaming locations), and O2 with 21.

Of course, location numbers don’t tell the whole story, as the sizes of these places vary, and networks will deliver varying levels of coverage within them. Still, it’s a promising figure from Three. The full list of Three’s 5G locations is as follows:

Aberdeen

Abingdon-on-Thames

Aldershot

Balloch

Barrow-in-Furness

Basildon

Bath

Bedford

Birkenhead

Birmingham

Blackpool

Borehamwood

Bradford

Brighton

Bristol

Brookmans Park

Cannock

Cardiff / Caerdydd

Chatham

Clayton-le-Woods

Coventry

Crawley

Cullingworth

Doncaster

Dundee

Glasgow

Gorebridge

Grimsby

Guildford

Heanor

Hedge End

Hemel Hempstead

Huddersfield

Inchinnan

Ipswich

Leeds

Leicester

Leyland

Liverpool

London

Lower Stondon

Luton

Maidstone

Manchester

Motherwell

Neston

Newquay

Nottingham

Nuneaton

Peterborough

Plymouth

Preston

Reading

Redcar

Royston

Sheffield

Shelly Green

Slough

St Albans

Sunderland

Swadlincote

Swansea / Abertawe

Swindon

Westhoughton

Wickford

Wigan

 

Fast and affordable

Not only will Three’s 5G network potentially soon be in more places than rivals, it could also be faster, with Three making the bold claim that it is “set up to be the fastest 5G network in the country”, with peak speeds that are up to two times faster than other 5G networks.

It’s a claim that’s not without merit though, as Three has far more 5G spectrum than rivals, as well as far more of it being contiguous. It’s also the UK’s first mobile network with a 5G-ready cloud core, which should help too.

Better yet, Three will be offering all of its new and existing customers access to 5G at no extra cost, whether they’re on Pay Monthly, SIM Only or Pay As You Go – though you will of course need a 5G phone to take advantage.

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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