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Is super-fast 5G in YOUR area? Here’s how to find out if you can get next-gen internet


SUPER-FAST 5G is finally here – but what is it, and does it cover your area?

Only two network providers, EE and Vodafone, offer 5G services in the UK for now, and each operates in select cities.

Here’s where you can get 5G in the UK

We’ve put together a guide below to help you find out whether you’re covered where you live.

What is 5G?

There is no official definition of 5G but it is thought to be similar to its predecessors, 3G and 4G.

It will be a wireless connection built specifically to give devices – like your mobile phone or tablet – a faster and more reliable internet connection.

The “G” in 5G stands for “generation” – that’s why it is known as “next-generation technology”.

5G grants you super-fast mobile internet speeds
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The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) has stated 5G needs to feature higher speeds.

This will mean 5G will be able to carry more data which therefore provides greater coverage.

Companies such as BT, Vodaphone and Nokia have also given the development of 5G their support.

EE hopes to have 5G up and running in 16 of the UK’s major cities by the end of the year

How do I check if EE’s 5G network covers my area?

EE powered up its 5G service on May 30.

The service launched in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester.

You can check whether you’re covered here.

EE, owned by BT, hopes to reach 1,500 towns and cities by the end of 2019.

This will include the “busiest parts” of Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

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How do I check if Vodafone’s 5G network covers my area?

Vodafone turned on its 5G network on July 3.

Vodafone currently only serves seven cities across the UK – and only select areas in those cities.

You’ll need to live in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester or Glasgow to benefit from Vodafone’s 5G.

This status checker page lets you find out if there’s 5G coverage where your house is: Network Status Checker.


Vodafone enlisted F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton to switch on its 5G network earlier this month.

Here’s a round up of some of the best 5G phones you can buy in the UK today.

And if your current internet connection is too slow, here’s eight easy tricks give you a quick speed boost.

Are you tempted to upgrade to 5G? Let us know in the comments!


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