In the UK, 5G coverage has already been announced for more than 40 towns and cities. Find out when 5G networks will launch in your area.

The introduction of 5G mobile networks is rapidly gaining pace, with more than 40 UK towns and cities already getting a confirmed launch date for 5G.

In this article, we’ll help you to keep track of when 5G coverage is due to launch in your area and which 5G mobile networks you can use. We’re keeping track of the latest 5G announcements from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to build this guide on when you can expect 5G to be available in your area.

If you’re living in a 5G coverage area and would like a 5G-ready price plan, see our guide to 5G SIM-only deals. At the time of writing, you can get a 5G price plan from £11/month which will also work on 3G & 4G networks until 5G finally launches in your area.

Overview: 5G Coverage By Network

  • EE
  • O2
  • Three
  • Vodafone

In the UK, there are four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Each of them is currently going through the process of launching a 5G mobile service which will deliver greater network capacity, lower latency and faster download speeds.

The following table gives a summary of the key announcements so far as to which towns and cities you’ll be able to use 5G coverage in:

5G NetworkCurrently LivePlanned & Announced
EE
(check coverage)
6 towns and cities live
Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester
19 towns and cities planned
Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Wolverhampton
O2
(check coverage)
-42 towns and cities planned
Aberdeen, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Eton, Glasgow, Guildford, Hove, Leeds, Leicester, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Warrington, Windsor, Wolverhampton
Three
(check coverage)
1 towns and cities live
London
24 towns and cities planned
Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland, Wolverhampton
Vodafone
(check coverage)
15 towns and cities live
Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bristol, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, Lancaster, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton
7 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Warrington

BT Mobile and Sky Mobile have also confirmed that they’ll be launching a 5G service in 2019. BT Mobile piggybacks on coverage from EE, so their 5G service will be available in the same places as EE. Similarly, Sky Mobile uses O2 as their network coverage provider so you can expect them to offer 5G in the same towns and cities as O2.

5G Coverage In Major Towns & Cities

Unsurprising, it’s the UK’s largest towns and cities that are getting 5G coverage before the rest of the country.

All 15 of the UK’s largest towns and cities will receive a 5G service before the end of the year. However, due to the staggered roll-out of 5G, different 5G mobile networks will be available in each city. This is summarised in the table below:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
LondonLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Three: Live (August 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
BirminghamLive
(2 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
GlasgowLive
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
LiverpoolLive
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
BristolLive
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
ManchesterLive
(2 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
SheffieldPlanned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
LeedsPlanned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
EdinburghLive
(EE)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
LeicesterPlanned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
CoventryPlanned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
BradfordPlanned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
CardiffLive
(2 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
BelfastLive
(EE)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
NottinghamPlanned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)

Read on for further information about the 5G roll out in different regions of the UK.

5G Coverage: By Region

Eastern England

At the moment, 5G coverage isn’t available in the East of England. So far, EE is the only mobile network to announce a launch date for 5G in Eastern England (they’re due to launch their 5GEE service in Cambridge and Peterborough in 2020):

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Luton
Bedfordshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Norwich
Norfolk
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
Basildon
Essex
Not Yet
Announced
Chelmsford
Essex
Not Yet
Announced
Colchester
Essex
Not Yet
Announced
Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire
Not Yet
Announced
Ipswich
Suffolk
Not Yet
Announced
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
Not Yet
Announced
Watford
Hertfordshire
Not Yet
Announced

East Midlands

5G coverage should be available in the Eastern Midlands before the end of 2019. Both EE and Three have announced their 5G rollout plan for Derby, Leicester and Nottingham:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Derby
Derbyshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Leicester
Leicestershire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Northampton
Northamptonshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
Not Yet
Announced

London

Unsurprisingly, London has been the epicentre of the UK’s 5G coverage roll out.

At the time of writing, both EE and Vodafone offer 5G coverage in London. Three will launch their 5G service in August 2019, with O2 also launching a 5G service before the end of the year.

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
London
London
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Three: Live (August 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)

North East England

5G coverage has currently been announced for three cities in the North East of England:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Middlesbrough
North Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Newcastle
Tyne and Wear
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
Not Yet
Announced

North West England

At the time of writing, 5G coverage is live in both Liverpool and Manchester.

For residents of Liverpool, 5G coverage is currently available only from Vodafone. However, both EE and Three have announced their plans to launch a 5G service in the city before the end of the year.

In Manchester, both EE and Vodafone have live 5G mobile networks, with Three aiming to launch a 5G service in the city before the end of the year.

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Birkenhead
Merseyside
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Bolton
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Liverpool
Merseyside
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Manchester
Greater Manchester
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Lancaster
Lancashire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Blackpool
Lancashire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Warrington
Cheshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Blackburn
Lancashire
Not Yet
Announced
Oldham
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced
Rochdale
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced
Sale
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced
Salford
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced
St Helens
Merseyside
Not Yet
Announced
Stockport
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced
Wigan
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, 5G coverage is currently available in Belfast on EE’s mobile network. O2 have also announced the roll-out of 5G coverage which should arrive in Belfast before the end of the year.

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Belfast
County Antrim
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Lisburn
County Antrim
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)

Scotland

5G coverage is currently available in Edinburgh and Glasgow (EE has coverage in Edinburgh whilst Vodafone has coverage in Glasgow). 5G coverage should also launch in Aberdeen sometime in 2020:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Glasgow
Glasgow
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Dundee
Dundee
Not Yet
Announced

South East England

The following towns and cities in South East England currently have 5G coverage in the works:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Newbury
Berkshire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Gatwick
West Sussex
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Brighton
East Sussex
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Eton
Berkshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Guildford
Surrey
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Hove
East Sussex
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Portsmouth
Hampshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Reading
Berkshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Slough
Berkshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Southampton
Hampshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Windsor
Berkshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Basingstoke
Hampshire
Not Yet
Announced
Crawley
West Sussex
Not Yet
Announced
Eastbourne
East Sussex
Not Yet
Announced
Gillingham
Kent
Not Yet
Announced
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
Not Yet
Announced
Maidstone
Kent
Not Yet
Announced
Oxford
Oxfordshire
Not Yet
Announced
Woking
Surrey
Not Yet
Announced
Worthing
West Sussex
Not Yet
Announced

South West England

In the South West of England, 5G coverage is currently live on Vodafone’s 5G network in Bristol. It should also arrive in Bournemouth and Plymouth by the end of 2019:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Bristol
Bristol
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Plymouth
Devon
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Bournemouth
Dorset
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
Bath
Somerset
Not Yet
Announced
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
Not Yet
Announced
Exeter
Devon
Not Yet
Announced
Poole
Dorset
Not Yet
Announced
Swindon
Wiltshire
Not Yet
Announced

Wales

Both EE and Vodafone currently have a 5G mobile network live in Cardiff. By the end of the year, all four mobile networks should have a 5G network in Wales, with O2 and Three aiming to launch their 5G service in Cardiff before the end of the year.

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Newport
Gwent
Not Yet
Announced
Swansea
West Glamorgan
Not Yet
Announced

West Midlands

At present, 5G mobile coverage is available in Birmingham on both the EE and Vodafone networks. It’s also confirmed that we’ll see a 5G service in Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton before the end of the year.

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Birmingham
West Midlands
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Coventry
West Midlands
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Solihull
West Midlands
Not Yet
Announced
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
Not Yet
Announced
Telford
Shropshire
Not Yet
Announced
Worcester
Worcestershire
Not Yet
Announced

Yorkshire and the Humber

5G coverage has so far been announced for five towns and cities around Yorkshire and the Humber:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Bradford
West Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Hull
East Riding of Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Leeds
West Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (October 2019)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Rotherham
South Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (End of 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (End of 2019)
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
Not Yet
Announced
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
Not Yet
Announced
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
Not Yet
Announced
York
North Yorkshire
Not Yet
Announced

More Information

If you’d like to get started on a 5G price plan, see our guide to 5G SIM Only deals. Alternatively, you can also visit your mobile network’s website for more information about their 5G launch plans (e.g. see the EE, O2, Three and Vodafone websites).

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  • Will I have 5G available in BS6 very soon, as I noticed some Bristol postcodes already have it according to the coverage checker map ?

    • Hi Wendy,
      I believe Vodafone have started rolling out 5G coverage in Bristol. I don’t have any more information about the exact postcodes that are covered, so I’d probably just keep a close eye on their coverage map – fingers crossed this will be available in your area very soon1
      Ken

  • Veronique Almaraz said:

    Hi i have been reading about 5g and how harmful it is!!!!! There is a lot of science to prove the theory of how bad 5g is to all living things. Do you agree ? Please just do not say its safe i need prove it is and explain why other scientist and tecs say its harmful. I have seen many videos and articles about how harmful 5g is…would love for Ken to comment since he is a graduate from Imperial college and would know . Hopefully he gets back to us. As i am a concern parent for my boys.

    • Hi Veronique,
      There’s a lot of misinformation out there on potential health risks of 5G, and I definitely don’t think there’s anything you need to worry about here 🙂 Firstly, 5G is just a new technical standard that your mobile phone can use to communicate with the networks. Like other types of networks, it’s a radio-based technology (just like Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G, FM radio, TV, Bluetooth, etc). Currently, 5G mobile networks use radio waves around 3.4-3.6GHz. This sits in the middle of two frequencies that have been used for Wi-Fi for many years (2.4GHz and 5GHz). It’s non-ionising radiation with low energy (and certainly far too little to interfere with cells).
      Ken

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