These are all of the UK towns and cities with 5G coverage

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 2:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 2:26 pm

Just as 3G was replaced with 4G mobile technology, so too will 5G replace 4G as the primary technology used for mobile internet.

It stands for ‘fifth generation’, and boasts much higher upload and download speeds than its predecessors, as well as better latency, which is the time it takes for a network to respond to a request.

How does 5G work?

The technology works in a similar way to previous iterations, in that mobile masts transmit radio frequencies carrying data to your smartphone, but 5G operates at a higher frequency spectrum, which means it can travel much faster, though not as far.

This means that for 5G to be fully operational, it needs a lot more infrastructure, though a lot of it will be discreet and some will involve updating existing masts and infrastructure.

Which mobile phone networks use 5G?

Most of the major mobile operators in the UK have launched their 5G services, including EE, Vodafone, Three, O2, BT, Sky, Tesco Mobile and VOXI.

However, that doesn’t mean that if you’re on one of those networks you can definitely utilise 5G internet - it also depends on where in the country you are.

Full list of UK 5G locations

At present, just fewer than 100 of the UK’s major towns and cities have 5G coverage with at one mobile network. According to 5g.co.uk, these areas are:

Aberdeen - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoBath - EE and ThreeBasildon - O2, Sky and TescoBelfast - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoBirkenhead - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, ThreeBirmingham - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoBlackpool - EE, BT, ThreeBradford - ThreeBrighton - ThreeBristol - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoBury - EE and BTCardiff - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoChatham - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoChelmsford - EE and BTCheltenham - Vodafone and VOXIChesterfield - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoClevedon - EE and BTClydebank - EE and BTCoventry - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoDartford - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoDerby - Three, O2, Sky and TescoDoncaster - EE, BT and ThreeDudley - EE and BTDundee - Three, O2, Sky and TescoEdinburgh - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, O2, Sky and TescoGillingham - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoGlasgow - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoGuildford - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, ThreeHarlow - EE and BTHemel Hempstead - Three, O2, Sky and TescoHuddersfield - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoHull - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoKingston upon Thames - EE and BTIpswich - ThreeLancaster - Vodafone and VOXILeeds - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoLeicester - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoLichfield - EE and BTLiverpool - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoLlandudno - Vodafone and VOXILoughborough - EE and BTLondon - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoLuton - Three, O2, Sky and TescoMaidstone - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoManchester - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoMiddlesbrough - O2, Sky and TescoMotherwell - EE, BT and ThreeNewbury - Vodafone and VOXINewcastle - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoNorthampton - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoNorth Shields - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoNorwich - O2, Sky and TescoNottingham - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoOldham - EE and BTOxford - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoPaisley - EE, BT, Vodafone and VOXIPeterborough - Three, O”, Sky and TescoPlymouth - EE, BT, Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoPortsmouth - Vodafone and VOXIPreston - ThreeReading - Vodafone, VOXI, Three, O2, Sky and TescoRedhill - O2, Sky and TescoRochdale - EE, BT, Vodafone and VOXIRochester - EE and BTRomford - EE and BTRotherham - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoSalford - EE, BT, Vodafone and VOXISheffield EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoSlough - Three, O2, Sky and TescoSolihull - EE, BT, Vodafone and VOXISouthampton - Vodafone and VOXISouthend on Sea - EE and BTSouth Shields - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoSt Albans - ThreeStaines - EE, BT, O2, Sky and TescoStevenage - EE, BT and ThreeStirling - EE and BTStockport - Vodafone and VOXIStoke-on-Trent - Vodafone and VOXISunderland - EE, BT, Three, O2, Sky and TescoSutton Coalfield - EE and BTSwansea - Vodafone, VOXI and ThreeSwindon - ThreeWakefield - EE and BTWalsall - EE and BTWarrington - Vodafone, VOXI, O2, Sky and TescoWatford - EE and BTWest Bromwich - EE and BTWigan - ThreeWolverhampton - EE, BT, Vodafone and VOXIWorthing - O2, Sky and TescoYork - O2, Sky and Tesco

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