5G Coverage and Rollout

5G has launched in a number of places here in the UK, but as with previous generations of the technology (namely 3G and 4G), actual 5G coverage is limited mostly to parts of select towns and cities. The roll out of 5G is gaining traction though, and the main question on everyone’s mind is when does 5G come to my area?The good news is that 5G is already available in 73 major towns and cities via at least one mobile operator. Many of the towns and cities set to get 5G throughout 2020 have also now been revealed.In this article we will run you through everything you need to know about 5G coverage in your area.

5G coverage overview

EE became the first mobile operator to launch 5G in the UK. That was back in May, 2019, and since then we’ve seen Vodafone, O2 and Three launch their own 5G services, along with some MVNOs (discussed below).

Network 5G Launch Date Major Towns and Cities with 5G
EE Network May, 2019 41
Vodafone Network July 2019 26
Three Network February, 2020 38
O2 Network October 2019 21
BT Mobile October, 2019 41
Sky Mobile 5G January, 2020 21
Tesco Mobile 5G March, 2020 21
October, 2019 26

Areas with 5G coverage right now

There are currently 73 major towns and cities in the UK with 5G coverage on at least one mobile network.

EE 5G coverage is currently available in 41 major locations (plus numerous smaller ones), Vodafone 5G is in 26 locations (plus a number of smaller ones), O2 is in 21, Three is in 38 (as well as offering 5G Home Broadband in London). The major 5G locations are listed below.

EE

+BT

Vodafone

+VOXI

Three O2

+Sky +Tesco

Aberdeen
Bath
Belfast
Birkenhead Summer 2020
Birmingham
Blackpool Q1 2020 Q1 2020
Bootle
Bradford
Brighton Summer 2020
Bristol
Cardiff
Chatham
Coventry
Derby 2020
Doncaster
Dudley
Dundee
Edinburgh
Gatwick
Gillingham
Glasgow
Guildford 2020 Q1 2020
Hamilton
Harlow
Hemel Hempstead
Huddersfield
Hull
Kingston Upon Thames Q1 2020
Ipswich
Lancaster
Leeds
Leicester
Lichfield
Lisburn
Liverpool
Llandudno
London
Luton Summer 2020
Maidstone
Manchester
Motherwell
Newbury Summer 2020
Newcastle
Northampton Summer 2020
Norwich
Nottingham
Oldham
Paisley
Peterborough 2020
Plymouth 2020 Summer 2020
Preston
Reading March 2020
Rochdale
Romford
Salford
Sheffield
Slough
Solihull
St. Albans
Stevenage
Stockport
Stoke-on-Trent
Sunderland Summer 2020
Sutton Coalfield
Swansea
Swindon
Wakefield
Walsall
Warrington Summer 2020
Watford
West Bromwich
Wigan
Wolverhampton Q1 2020 Summer 2020

It should be noted that when a mobile operator states that 5G coverage is available in a city such as Manchester, it does not mean that Manchester has city-wide coverage – more likely it will be limited to the most heavily populated or trafficked areas. This will change in time.

Areas getting 5G coverage in 2020

5G coverage will roll out to at least a further 18 major towns and cities during 2020. You can see these below.

Town/City EE Vodafone Three O2
Bournemouth Q1 2020 Q1 2020
Cambridge 2020 Summer 2020
Eton Q1 2020
Gloucester 2020
Hove Summer 2020
Middlesbrough Q1 2020
Milton Keynes Q1 2020 Summer 2020
Portsmouth 2020 Q1 2020 Summer 2020
Rotherham Q1 2020
Southampton 2020 Q1 2020 Summer 2020
Windsor Q1 2020
Worcester 2020

Areas with no confirmed 5G launch dates

If your town or city is not listed in either of the sections above then check our full coverage pages for each individual network, as these also include smaller locations due to get 5G. If there’s no sign of your town or city there though, then at the time of writing there is no information available on when 5G will come to your area on any of the UK’s networks.

When will MVNOs launch 5G?

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) don’t own their own physical network and instead use one of the UK’s core networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) to provide their service. Therefore, they are reliant on the core networks allowing them to provide 5G to their customers.

So far BT, VOXI and Sky Mobile have already launched a 5G service, while Smarty has announced that it will be offering 5G at some point in the future.

ASDA Mobile Network Asda Mobile 5G Coverage

Asda Mobile hasn’t so far announced any 5G plans. If and when it launches 5G it should have coverage in the same places as EE.

BT Mobile Network BT 5G Coverage

BT has launched 5G in 50 locations – the same selection as EE.

Freedompop 5G Coverage FreedomPop 5G Coverage

FreedomPop hasn’t said if or when it will launch a 5G service, but it will likely have coverage in the same places as Three if or when it does, as that’s its network partner.

giffgaff 5G coverage Giffgaff 5G Coverage

Giffgaff hasn’t yet spoken about 5G, but as an O2 MVNO it should have coverage in the same places as that network if and when it launches 5G.

ID Mobile 5G coverage iD Mobile 5G Coverage

As a Three MVNO, iD Mobile will be reliant on that network’s coverage if and when it launches 5G, but iD Mobile hasn’t yet outlined its 5G plans.

Lyca mobile 5G coverage Lycamobile 5G Coverage

Lycamobile hasn’t said anything about its 5G plans yet, but it should have the same coverage as O2 if and when it does launch 5G.

plusnet 5G coverage Plusnet Mobile 5G Coverage

Plusnet Mobile is owned by BT, so it will offer the same 5G coverage as that network (and EE) if and when it rolls out 5G, but so far it hasn’t announced any 5G plans.

SMARTY 5G coverage SMARTY Mobile 5G Coverage

SMARTY Mobile has confirmed that it will be offering 5G but has not yet said when. However, we know that it will presumably have coverage in the same places as Three, since it uses that network’s infrastructure. That means coverage in parts of 66 UK towns and cities.

Sky Mobile 5G coverage Sky Mobile 5G Coverage

Sky Mobile has now launched its 5G service. It uses O2’s infrastructure and spectrum, so its coverage is the same. That means it has 5G in 21 towns and cities at the time of writing.

Tesco Mobile 5G coverage Tesco Mobile 5G Coverage

Tesco Mobile launched 5G on 3rd March, 2020. It uses the O2 mobile network so it offers 5G coverage in the exact same areas as O2.

Virgin Mobile 5G coverage Virgin Mobile 5G Coverage

Virgin Mobile hasn’t outlined its 5G plans yet, but it will likely share EE’s 5G coverage if and when it starts offering 5G.

VOXI 5G coverage VOXI 5G Coverage

VOXI has now launched a 5G service. As it’s a Vodafone MVNO it has 5G coverage in the same 40 UK locations. It also offers 5G roaming.