VOXI 5G

VOXI 5G coverage

VOXI has launched 5G in numerous locations. In this document we cover: how to check VOXI coverage, where VOXI 5G coverage is rolling out in the coming months and what locations are scheduled to get VOXI 5G during 2020.

Contents list

  1. VOXI 5G Coverage
    1. ​VOXI coverage checker
    2. ​Cities with VOXI 5G now?
    3. Locations getting 5G next?
    4. Comparison to other networks
  2. VOXI 4G Coverage
  3. VOXI 5G Roaming Abroad
  4. VOXI 5G Network Speeds
  5. VOXI's 5G Spectrum

VOXI 5G Coverage

VOXI launched its 5G service on Tuesday 29th October, 2019. As it’s run by Vodafone it also has the same 5G coverage as Vodafone, meaning 30 UK locations on day one.

For the time being its coverage in these places won’t be comprehensive though, with the bulk of the 5G coverage likely to be found in the busiest parts of these towns and cities.

VOXI should also be switching on 5G in at least 6 more towns and cities by the end of 2019, given that Vodafone plans to.

VOXI coverage checker

VOXI has an online coverage checker where you can enter your postcode or town to view coverage in your area. At the time of writing it only highlights 4G, 3G and 2G coverage, but we’d expect 5G coverage to be added soon. In the meantime, you can always use Vodafone’s coverage checker to view 5G availability, since coverage should be the same.

In any case, 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.

Coverage checker

Which cities have VOXI 5G now?

Cities with VOXI 5G now

Birkenhead

Birmingham

Bolton

Bristol

Cardiff

Gatwick

Glasgow

Lancaster

Liverpool

London

Manchester

Newbury

Plymouth

Stoke-on-Trent Warrington Wolverhampton

VOXI 5G is available in 30 UK locations, with the major ones listed above. In addition to those in the chart, it can also be found in Bootle, Droylsden, Eccles, Horwich, Huyton-With-Roby, Isles of Scilly, Llandudno, Mangotsfield, Paisley, Penarth, Prestwich, Salford, Solihull, Stretford and Wallasey.

What locations will VOXI 5G roll out to next?

VOXI itself hasn’t said much about its 5G plans beyond 2019, but since it’s sharing infrastructure with Vodafone we have a good idea, as Vodafone has revealed that it plans to roll 5G out to the following 6 towns and cities by the end of 2019.

Cities getting VOXI 5G in 2019

Blackpool

Bournemouth

Guildford

Portsmouth

Reading

Southampton

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We don’t know where it will bring 5G to in 2020, but we’d expect coverage to expand quickly – both to completely new places, and to get stronger in existing coverage locations.

Towns and Cities getting VOXI 5G in 2020

TBC

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How does VOXI's 5G coverage compare to the other mobile networks?

There are currently 20 major towns and cities with 5G coverage from at least one UK mobile network. VOXI 5G coverage (via Vodafone) is currently available in 15 major locations (along with numerous unlisted smaller ones), EE has 9 major locations, plus a number of smaller ones, O2 has 5 (along with Slough for 6 locations total), and Three currently only offers 5G Home Broadband in London.

UK 5G Coverage

City

VOXI 5G

EE

Vodafone

Three

O2

Belfast

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Birkenhead

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Summer 2020

Birmingham

End 2019

Summer 2020

Bristol

End 2019

End of 2019

Bolton

-

End 2019

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Cardiff

End 2019

Coventry

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Edinburgh

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End 2019

Gatwick

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Glasgow

End of 2019

End 2019

Summer 2020

Lancaster

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Leeds

- End of 2019 - End of 2019

Leicester

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Liverpool

End of 2019

End 2019

Summer 2020

London

Manchester

End 2019

Summer 2020

Newbury

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Summer 2020

Plymouth

2020

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Summer 2020

Stoke-on-Trent

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End of 2019

Wolverhampton

2020

End 2019

Summer 2020

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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.

UK 4G Coverage (2019)

Network

4G population coverage

EE

>99% (check coverage)

Three

99.8% (check coverage)

Vodafone (VOXI)

99% (check coverage)

O2

99% (check coverage)

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5G Roaming Abroad

VOXI also offers a 5G roaming service, allowing you to use 5G in 47 towns and cities across Italy, Spain and Germany.

This includes places like Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples, Bologna, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Bilbao, La Coruña, Vigo, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Gijón, Logroño, Santander, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Dortmund and Munich.

This is worth noting because at the time of writing Vodafone is the only other UK network that offers 5G roaming.

VOXI 5G Network Speeds

VOXI hasn’t said how fast its 5G is yet, but it’s likely to be similar to Vodafone’s, and that network claims that its 5G speeds will average 150-200Mbps, with peak speeds of 1Gbps.

That’s in line with rivals, but might be optimistic, as an Opensignal report found that the 5G speeds on any UK network between April-September 2019 topped out at 599Mbps.

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 40-50ms typically seen on 4G.

We wouldn’t expect 1ms speeds yet, but there should still be an improvement on what 4G can manage.

VOXI’s 5G Spectrum

5G frequency soectrum

VOXI shares Vodafone’s 5G spectrum, which you can see an overview of in the chart above (credit: Three).

The line at 100MHz is there because this is the amount of contiguous 5G spectrum required for ‘true’ 5G according to the ITU (the global standards body on 5G technology).

That puts VOXI/Vodafone behind Three but ahead of O2 and EE, and there will be opportunities for VOXI/Vodafone to catch up with Three’s total too, as Ofcom plans to auction spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz – 3.8GHz bands, as well likely as the 8GHz and 26GHz bands. There might also be auctions for spectrum in other bands too, with Ofcom planning to discuss possibilities at WRC-19.

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