EE was premier to switch on its 5G network – the new service was made available on May 30.
Vodafone followed suit on July 3 and announced it would be first to allow customers to take advantage of 5G roaming.
5G promises to deliver incredibly fast internet speeds that radically surpass that of 4G.
Express.co.uk has tested EE’s 5G service and was able to achieve speeds of 250Mbps in Central London, demonstrating just how capable the new technology is.
In addition to allowing users to browse the web and social media faster, 5G also allows for lower latency mobile gaming, too.
In order to take advantage of 5G, users will need a phone that supports it.
Right now there are only a limited amount of devices that are able to take advantage of 5G – EE is currently selling four handsets while Vodafone has two available to purchase.
EE launched its 5G service in six cities across the UK while Vodafone did so in seven.
EE’s launch cities were London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester while Vodafone’s were Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Following its launch, Vodafone boasted about bringing 5G to “more places than any other UK provider”, and now it seems the network is extending its advantage over EE.
That is because the firm has now rolled out 5G coverage to eight more areas across the UK, allowing more customers than ever before to experience the new technology.
Vodafone 5G is now available in Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.
In addition to UK territories, the network also declared it is bringing 5G to more towns and cities across Germany to give its roaming functionality an extra boost.
Making the announcement, Vodafone said: “Customers can now start to experience 5G in Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.
“They join Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London, which all went live with 5G on 3 July 2019.
“Vodafone is also widening its 5G roaming footprint today by adding 20 towns and cities across Germany to the 35 places already on the 5G European roaming network, which will go live soon.
“Both consumers and business customers will be able to roam over 5G in some of the most popular tourist and business locations in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, at no additional cost.”
EE has promised customers it will “rapidly” expand its 5G service to include numerous other UK regions.
The network declared: “EE will roll out 5G rapidly from today (May 30), with more than 100 new 5G sites per month being added, providing 5G in: Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.
“Ten more towns and cities announced as initial 5G locations for 2020 with more to follow: Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton.”
EE has not yet announced if any further expansion to its 5G network has taken place.