5G is set to be launched in stages across the UK, with the first rollout already underway. But which cities have the best 5G connection, and when will it be available near you?
Below, we tell you everything you need to know about 5G, and when you can expect it to launch near you.
What is 5G?
5G stands for fifth generation, and is the latest mobile network connection to launch worldwide. 5G promises a faster, more responsive and reliable mobile network, with improved download speeds, greater capacity and reduced buffering when streaming media.
5G is of course, speedier than its 4G counterpart. For instance, with 4G the current maximum download speed is 300Mbps. On 5G however, there's the potential to reach 10Gbps, allowing you to download a feature length film in seconds and stream 4k media without lag or buffering.
5G on Vodafone
Vodafone’s 5G UK service launched during July 2019 in seven major UK cities: Glasgow, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol.
Since this initial rollout, Vodafone has expanded its 5G support to a huge number of UK locations, bringing the current total to 40. Included in this list are Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Salford, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.
Vodafone is also the only UK network to offer 5G roaming, with 68 locations available throughout Germany, Italy and Spain and Ireland.
5G on EE
EE was the first major network in the UK to launch 5G, with London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester and Cardiff chosen as the first six cities to experience this next-generation network back in May 2019.
Since then, EE has extended its 5G coverage massively. 70 UK locations are set to be connected to 5G on EE by March 2020, including Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Bristol, Belfast and Hull.
5G on O2
If you own a 5G-ready phone with O2, you'll be able to take advantage of the next-generation network in 21 UK towns and cities. By summer 2020, this number is set to soar, with 50 locations lined up to be connected.
Currently, O2 customers can access 5G in Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Sheffield, Slough and Stoke-on-Trent.
What are the best covered cities?
Connected with 5G from the moment the network was first launched in the UK, the best-connected cities in the UK are London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff.
However, 5G coverage is quickly expanding, with the likes of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol and Southampton among more recently connected cities. As we look to the future, soon all of the UK's major cities and towns will be supported by 5G.
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