In the UK, 5G coverage is currently live in over 70 towns and cities. Further locations are due to get 5G in 2020. Find out when 5G networks will launch in your area.

The introduction of 5G mobile networks is rapidly gaining pace, with 5G coverage already being available in more than 70 UK towns and cities. More than 20 other locations have a confirmed launch date for 5G coverage in 2020 and more locations are expected to be announced very soon.

In this article, we’ll help you to keep track of when 5G coverage will be available in your area and which 5G mobile networks you’re able to use. We’re monitoring the the latest 5G announcements from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone in order to keep this guide up-to-date for your town or city.

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 £15/month. This will also work on 3G & 4G networks until 5G coverage finally launches in your area.

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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)
47 towns and cities live
Ashton-under-Lyne, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Castlereagh, Chatham, Clifton, Coventry, Dudley, Edinburgh, Gillingham, Glasgow, Grays, Guildford, Hamilton, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Huddersfield, Hull, Kimberley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Maidstone, Manchester, Milnrow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oldham, Potters Bar, Rochdale, Romford, Salford, Sheffield, Solihull, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Sydenham, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
9 towns and cities planned
Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester
O2
(check coverage)
21 towns and cities live
Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Sheffield, Slough, Stoke-on-Trent
21 towns and cities planned
Aberdeen, Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Eton, Guildford, Hove, Luton, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, 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)
38 towns and cities live
Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
6 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton

In addition to the four network coverage providers, it’s also currently possible to use 5G coverage on BT Mobile, Sky Mobile and VOXI. At present, BT offers 5G coverage to Halo plan customers using coverage from the EE network. Sky Mobile, meanwhile, offers 5G coverage from O2 which can be added to your plan for free when you join the Sky VIP loyalty programme (otherwise, it’s £5/month). VOXI offers 5G coverage on their endless data plan using coverage from the Vodafone network.

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.

At the time of writing, all 15 of the UK’s largest towns and cities have a 5G signal available. However, due to the staggered roll-out of 5G, different 5G mobile networks may be available in each city. This is summarised in the table below:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
LondonLive
(4 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Three: Live (August 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
BirminghamLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
GlasgowLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
LiverpoolLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
BristolLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (October 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
ManchesterLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
SheffieldLive
(2 providers)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
LeedsLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
EdinburghLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
LeicesterLive
(2 providers)
EE: Live (October 2019)
O2: Live (November 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
CoventryLive
(2 providers)
EE: Live (October 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
BradfordLive
(O2)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
CardiffLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
BelfastLive
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
NottinghamLive
(2 providers)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)

Read on to find out more about the 5G roll out in different regions of the UK.

5G Coverage: By Region

Eastern England

In the East of England, 5G coverage is currently available in a number of locations including Harlow, Potters Bar and Watford.

It will launch in further locations during 2020 including Cambridge, Luton and Peterborough:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Grays
Essex
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Harlow
Essex
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Hoddesdon
Hertfordshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Norwich
Norfolk
Live
(O2)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Potters Bar
Hertfordshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Watford
Hertfordshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Luton
Bedfordshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
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

East Midlands

In the East Midlands, 5G coverage is currently live in locations such as Leicester and Nottingham. At present, EE has the most comprehensive 5G coverage in the region, with 5G coverage from O2 and Three rolling out in 2020.

Other cities getting 5G coverage during 2020 include Derby and Northampton:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Derby
Derbyshire
Live
(O2)
O2: Live (December 2019)
EE: Planned (2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Leicester
Leicestershire
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (October 2019)
O2: Live (November 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Clifton
Nottinghamshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Kimberley
Nottinghamshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Northampton
Northamptonshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
Not Yet
Announced

London

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

All four mobile networks offer 5G coverage in London. However, coverage across the city can still be patchy in some places so it’s worth double-checking this for the areas where you live and work. You can do this on the EE, O2, Three and Vodafone websites.

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Kingston-upon-Thames
Greater London
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
London
London
Live
(4 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Three: Live (August 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Romford
Greater London
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Sydenham
Greater London
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)

North East England

In the North East of England, 5G coverage launched in Newcastle and Sunderland on EE’s network in December 2019. It will then roll out across the region as follows:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Newcastle
Tyne and Wear
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Middlesbrough
North Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
Not Yet
Announced

North West England

At the time of writing, 5G coverage is available in locations such as Birkenhead, Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster and Warrington.

The most comprehensive 5G coverage in the region is available on Vodafone and EE. However, the exact locations covered vary on each network so you should double check before choosing a 5G price plan:

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 (Q1 2020)
Liverpool
Merseyside
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Manchester
Greater Manchester
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Warrington
Cheshire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Ashton-under-Lyne
Greater Manchester
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Bebington
Merseyside
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Bootle
Merseyside
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Cheadle
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Droylsden
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Eccles
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Horwich
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Huyton-with-Roby
Merseyside
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Lancaster
Lancashire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Milnrow
Greater Manchester
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Oldham
Greater Manchester
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Prestwich
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Rochdale
Greater Manchester
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Salford
Greater Manchester
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Stockport
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Stretford
Greater Manchester
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Wallasey
Merseyside
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Blackpool
Lancashire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (January 2020)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Blackburn
Lancashire
Not Yet
Announced
Sale
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced
St Helens
Merseyside
Not Yet
Announced
Wigan
Greater Manchester
Not Yet
Announced

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, 5G coverage is currently available in Belfast on the EE and O2 networks. You can also get 5G coverage in Lisburn and Castlereagh:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Belfast
County Antrim
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Castlereagh
County Down
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Lisburn
County Antrim
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
O2: Live (November 2019)

Scotland

5G coverage is currently available in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as smaller towns including Hamilton and Paisley. The locations covered by each mobile network differ so it’s worth checking this before you buy a 5G plan.

5G coverage should also launch in Aberdeen sometime in 2020:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Glasgow
Glasgow
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Hamilton
South Lanarkshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Paisley
Renfrewshire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 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 have 5G coverage, either already live or currently planned and announced:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Guildford
Surrey
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
O2: Planned (January 2020)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Newbury
Berkshire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Slough
Berkshire
Live
(O2)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Chatham
Kent
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Gatwick
West Sussex
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Gillingham
Kent
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Maidstone
Kent
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Brighton
East Sussex
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Eton
Berkshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (January 2020)
Hove
East Sussex
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Portsmouth
Hampshire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Vodafone: Planned (End of 2019)
Reading
Berkshire
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (January 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Vodafone: 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 (January 2020)
Basingstoke
Hampshire
Not Yet
Announced
Crawley
West Sussex
Not Yet
Announced
Eastbourne
East Sussex
Not Yet
Announced
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
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 in Bristol and Plymouth (Vodafone has coverage in both cities, whereas EE only has 5G coverage in Bristol). It’s also available in the following locations:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Bristol
Bristol
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (October 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Plymouth
Devon
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
EE: Planned (2020)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Isle of Scilly
Cornwall
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Mangotsfield
Bristol
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Bournemouth
Dorset
Planned &
Announced
O2: Planned (January 2020)
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

At present, EE, O2 and Vodafone have 5G mobile networks live in Cardiff. By Q1 2020, all four mobile networks should be live in Cardiff.

5G is also available in the following Welsh towns and cities:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Llandudno
Clwyd
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Penarth
South Glamorgan
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Newport
Gwent
Not Yet
Announced
Swansea
West Glamorgan
Not Yet
Announced

West Midlands

5G mobile coverage is currently available in a number of locations including Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Lichfield, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, and Wolverhampton:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Birmingham
West Midlands
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (May 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Coventry
West Midlands
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (October 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
O2: Planned (Summer 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Cheadle
Staffordshire
Live
(Vodafone)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Dudley
West Midlands
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Lichfield
Staffordshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Solihull
West Midlands
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Vodafone: Live (October 2019)
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
Live
(2 providers)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Vodafone: Live (July 2019)
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Walsall
West Midlands
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
West Bromwich
West Midlands
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Worcester
Worcestershire
Planned &
Announced
EE: Planned (2020)
Telford
Shropshire
Not Yet
Announced

Yorkshire and the Humber

5G coverage is currently live in cities such as Hull, Leeds and Sheffield. It’s also either currently available or planned in the following towns and cities around Yorkshire and the Humber:

Town/City5G Status5G Networks
Bradford
West Yorkshire
Live
(O2)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Hull
East Riding of Yorkshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Leeds
West Yorkshire
Live
(3 providers)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Live (October 2019)
Vodafone: Live (January 2020)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
Live
(2 providers)
EE: Live (December 2019)
O2: Live (December 2019)
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
Live
(EE)
EE: Live (November 2019)
Rotherham
South Yorkshire
Planned &
Announced
Three: Planned (Q1 2020)
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
Not Yet
Announced
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
Not Yet
Announced
York
North Yorkshire
Not Yet
Announced

Frequently Asked Questions

Which mobile networks offer 5G coverage in the UK?
In the UK, 5G coverage is currently available on the following mobile networks:
Where can I find a 5G coverage map for the UK?
You can see a 5G coverage map for each mobile network by following the relevant link and entering your postcode:
In which towns and cities is 5G coverage available?
5G coverage is currently available in more than 70 UK towns and cities including Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and others. See the table here for a list of 5G locations that are live on each network.
What are the benefits of 5G coverage?
5G coverage offers greater network capacity so download speeds are much less likely to slow down in busy or congested areas. It also offers lower latency (~10ms) and faster download speeds (around 150-200Mbit/s on today’s 5G networks).
How much does it cost to get a 5G price plan?
At present, it’s possible to get a 5G SIM-only deal from as little as £15/month. Unlimited data is also available on a range of 5G plans, currently starting from £23/month.

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 visit your mobile network’s website for more information about their 5G plans (e.g. see the EE, O2, Three and Vodafone websites).

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  • Vodafone offering Gigafast Fibre home broadband 100 – 500 mbps speed in Milton Keynes, please advise, should we take that or wait for 5G home broadband until summer 2020. Thanks

  • Hi Ken,
    any news on Bedford? When I went to the 5g en-suite and down the checker it said Q1 2020 for three and summer 2020 for o2 in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

    • Hi Rhys,
      Sadly, I’m not aware of 5G coverage being announced for Bedford, though it has been announced for Luton in Bedfordshire (currently scheduled for summer 2020 on O2). Like you said, it has also been announced for Milton Keynes.
      Ken

  • Jon Neighbour said:

    Only a few select parts of Plymouth are covered by Vodafone 5G – and not the City Centre at all. Was planned to be properly live in September – but still not live despite them selling me a 5G router in July and telling me it was live. Very frustrating!

  • I live in zone one London, Edgware Road to be precise which is close walking distance to Baker Street and Oxford Street and still no 5G. Why I even struggle to get just 4G. So, do not tell me that London is covered because it is not, only a very small percentage is under ‘Testing’, which is a far cry from Lond 5G active.

    Unless you can guarantee a great connection that will remain solid especially after the 14 day cancelation period (you would be surprised how many connections drop after this period.) stay away from 5G until they have it configured 100% otherwise you may find yourselves tide into crapola contracts for long periods where watching buildings rise and fall will be a lot quicker than your connection speeds.

    HH

  • Wow 5g is terrible in Manchester my device is being returned on Monday looks like it will be another year till it’s up and running properly

  • Hi there,

    Can you add Walsall to the list since EE is already live in walsall and Three has confirmed that Walsall will have 5G at the same time they Launch 5G in Birmigham and Wolverhampton (End of December)

  • Hi Ken – If you look at some of the coverage maps (EE in London) it looks like almost the entire Zone 2 London is covered with some small gaps. Do you think this coverage is actually real? I haven’t read any updated articles on actually using a 5G phone since the launch back in May. Thoughts?

    • Hi Brian,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I haven’t actually tested this out for myself on EE in Zone 2, so it’s difficult for me to comment on the completeness of coverage. My understanding, however, is that EE does have more comprehensive 5G coverage than other networks in the cities they currently serve.
      Ken

    • Hi Buggerlugs,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, the new frequency is being used to deploy 5G-NR technology, which is spectrally much more efficient than 4G-LTE. Therefore, the total amount of bandwidth should dramatically increase on the networks (which will also benefit 4G users, as some usage migrates over to 5G). Eventually, I imagine we’ll see some 4G spectrum being “upgraded” or “converted” to 5G, which will give a further increase in capacity as well – albeit, I imagine it’ll probably be about half a decade before that starts to happen.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

    • Hi Terry,
      Sadly, I don’t think Three have announced 5G coverage for Newcastle just yet. I imagine it’ll probably come sometime next year (so far, they’ve only confirmed their 2019 launch plans).
      Ken

      • Thanks for the info Ken my contract ends in January and was hoping it was going be done too but I guess 3 will have to step up if they want to keep there clients happy

  • Hi Ken its looking like January for ee 5g in Oldham ee said the rollout is well in front of schedule across the whole of the UK but have no dates set in stone as it’s bt openreach installing it

    • Hi Jozef,
      I believe Three should have 5G in Bradford before the end of the year. O2 have also said that they’ll be launching 5G in Bradford sometime during summer 2020.
      Ken

    • Hi Ian,
      Sadly, I haven’t heard anything about Oldham yet. The good news is it’s now available in Manchester, so hopefully it’ll spread out from there and launch in Oldham soon as well.
      Ken

  • 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

    • Hi Charlie,
      I haven’t heard anything about these areas just yet. Fingers crossed, and we’ll keep this page updated as soon as there’s an announcement 🙂
      Ken

  • Can you add Walsall onto the List… Three has already confirmed it’s planning to bring 5G to walsall. Three is planning 5G in walsall at the end of 2019

    • Hi Emma,
      We’ll add Walsall to this list as soon as a launch date for 5G has been confirmed! I don’t believe Walsall is currently on the list of towns & cities with a confirmed launched date for 5G on Three (though do let me know if I’m mistaken and if they’ve announced it somewhere else).
      Thanks,
      Ken

  • Muhammad Rashid said:

    hi Ken
    how much area cover 5G tower as i am living in the middle of your 2 mentioned towns where Newcastle is about 8 miles and Sunderland is about 12 miles away?
    And when 5G will be available like 4G
    Thanks

    • Hi Muhammad,
      Thanks for your comment. The best way to check this is by using the relevant coverage checker for your network. Just tap on the relevant “check coverage” link for your mobile network here. You’ll be able to enter your postcode, to see if 5G coverage is available where you live.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

    • Hi John,
      Sadly, no mobile network has yet announced a launch date for 5G for Walsall 🙁 However, I’ll make sure this guide is listed as soon as they do!
      Ken

  • Paul Faulkner said:

    My home near Bognor Regis is to be a safe haven as I am told the local council has no plans for using 5G for street lights. However my same question regarding 5G towers etc has not yet been answered, maybe ignored? plenty of towers appearing!!
    I belong to the Bognor ‘Stop 5g group’ and have today written to my doctors surgery to ensure they are aware of the dangers of 5G.
    Thank you for the great work, please continue for the sake of everyone.

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