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Vodafone 5G Now Live in 15 UK Towns and Cities as Roaming Grows

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 (9:47 am) - Score 3,457
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Vodafone has announced that their new 5G network, which promises average mobile broadband speeds of 150-200Mbps and peaks up to 1Gbps, has now started rolling out into Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton after initially only going live in a few major cities.

The live deployment started earlier this month on 3rd July 2019 (here) in the busiest parts of Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Glasgow (the Isles of Scilly were also on the list). After today’s update their network is now live in parts of 15 UK towns and cities.

On top of that the operator said they were also widening their 5G roaming footprint today by adding 20 towns and cities across Germany to the 35 places already on their 5G European roaming network, which will go live sometime this summer. Once ready both UK consumers and business customers will be able to roam over 5G in parts of Germany, Italy and Spain at no additional cost.

Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK CEO, said:

“Vodafone’s global presence means we can provide our consumer and business customers with 5G in more destinations than any other UK provider. Combined with our new unlimited data plans, we are offering customers the best roaming experience ever. They won’t have to hunt for Wi-Fi or rely on often expensive and slow hotel connections; they can use their 5G smartphones to enjoy faster roaming.”

Vodafone added that “customers can also use [our] new unlimited data plans with 5G roaming,” which they said means you won’t be left “worrying about running out of data or running up a large bill” (this is also available on their 4G network across 77 destinations). However they neglect to mention that roaming data itself is not in fact “unlimited” and the small print on their website states: “Roaming data on all unlimited data plans is capped at 25GB per month in inclusive roaming & £6/day roaming destinations.”

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar BuckleZ

    My EE 3G does near 150mb lol

    • Avatar Simon Hayter

      Your 4G speed is not ‘promised’ and most people don’t get those speeds. Vodafone is promising 150-200Mbps, but some will be able to get much higher, peaking at 1000mbps.

  2. Avatar Stevie

    Meanwhile, me in a launch city 1 mile outisde the city centre has no 5g coverage

  3. Avatar StillWaitingForSuperFast

    This announcement would be more exciting if affordable 5G phones were actually available to buy. It seems that phone makers are missing an opportunity here – they could have been flogging new phones with a ‘5G ready’ sticker (did that happen with 4G?).

    Research agency Gartner says that 5G smartphones will represent 51 percent of total sales by 2023. That makes me laugh – I will never by a another 4G phone. I see 5G as a prerequisite!

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