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Ultrafast O2 5G Network Now Live in 183 UK Towns and Cities

Thursday, May 13th, 2021 (10:45 am) - Score 11,040

Mobile network operator O2 UK (Telefonica) has today confirmed that their new ultrafast 5G based mobile broadband platform has now gone live across parts of a further 30 UK towns and cities, which takes the total list of live locations to 183.

The operator, which is deploying 5G using kit from suppliers Nokia and Ericsson, previously only had access to a limited 40MHz slice of the 3.4GHz band for dedicated 5G services (excluding any dynamic spectrum sharing with 4G), but the conclusion of Ofcom’s latest spectrum auction has changed that (here).

NOTE: It often takes a long time for operators to achieve strong coverage of a location once they start a new deployment (months to years) and the initial focus is often on the busiest areas, as well as primary cell/mast sites (i.e. they don’t magically hit 100% coverage from day one).

The company secured a significant share of airwaves in the latest Ofcom spectrum auction, investing £448m to obtain 40MHz of the 3.6GHz band and 20MHz of the 700MHz FDD spectrum band. Subject to Ofcom’s approval, the company will also have 80MHz of contiguous 5G spectrum bandwidth for providing better download speeds to customers.

All of this will no doubt help to benefit their merger agreement with cable broadband ISP Virgin Media. We should point out that O2 has stopped publishing the full list of new 5G locations (past a certain point it starts to get too big / unwieldy to show), but they have been kind enough to share it with ISPreview.co.uk.

O2’s 5G Locations (Total of 183 to May 2021)

Town / City Name County
London Greater London
Birmingham West Midlands
Manchester Greater Manchester
Glasgow Glasgow City
Liverpool Merseyside
Bristol Bristol City of
Leeds West Yorkshire
Sheffield South Yorkshire
Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Edinburgh Edinburgh City of
Leicester Leicestershire
Bradford West Yorkshire
Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne and Wear
Belfast Belfast
Cardiff South Glamorgan
Coventry West Midlands
Hull East Riding of Yorkshire
Brighton East Sussex
Wolverhampton West Midlands
Derby Derbyshire
Southampton Hampshire
Reading Berkshire
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire
Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire
Northampton Northamptonshire
Luton Bedfordshire
Plymouth Devon
Bournemouth Dorset
Norwich Norfolk
Southend-On-Sea Essex
Oldham Greater Manchester
Swindon Wiltshire
Middlesbrough North Yorkshire
Bolton Greater Manchester
West Bromwich West Midlands
Sunderland Tyne and Wear
Portsmouth Hampshire
Peterborough Cambridgeshire
Ipswich Suffolk
Oxford Oxfordshire
Aberdeen Aberdeenshire
Warrington Cheshire
York North Yorkshire
Swansea West Glamorgan
Huddersfield West Yorkshire
Dundee Angus
Slough Berkshire
Blackpool Lancashire
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Watford Hertfordshire
Gloucester Gloucestershire
Birkenhead Merseyside
Gateshead Tyne and Wear
Grimsby Lincolnshire
Rotherham South Yorkshire
Eastbourne East Sussex
Colchester Essex
Cheltenham Gloucestershire
Dudley West Midlands
Blackburn Lancashire
Lincoln Lincolnshire
Worthing West Sussex
Bedford Bedfordshire
Basildon Essex
Basingstoke Hampshire
Altrincham Greater Manchester
Newcastle Under Lyme Staffordshire
Rochdale Greater Manchester
Chelmsford Essex
Orpington Greater London
Doncaster South Yorkshire
Stockport Greater Manchester
Mansfield Nottinghamshire
Darlington County Durham
Hastings East Sussex
Stevenage Hertfordshire
Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire
Nuneaton Warwickshire
South Shields Tyne and Wear
Gravesend Kent
Stockton County Durham
Harlow Essex
High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
Chatham Kent
Lisburn Down
Guildford Surrey
Halifax West Yorkshire
Cheadle Greater Manchester
Aylesbury Buckinghamshire
Rugby Warwickshire
Burton Upon Trent Staffordshire
St Albans Hertfordshire
Newtownabbey Antrim
Lowestoft Suffolk
Chesterfield Derbyshire
Royal Leamington Spa Warwickshire
Ashford Kent
Wakefield West Yorkshire
Great Yarmouth Norfolk
Wallasey Merseyside
Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent
Loughborough Leicestershire
Grays Essex
Inverness Highland
Maidenhead Berkshire
Dewsbury West Yorkshire
Gillingham Kent
Epsom Surrey
Dartford Kent
Clacton-on-Sea Essex
Lancaster Lancashire
Banbury Oxfordshire
Durham County Durham
Kettering Northamptonshire
Washington Tyne and Wear
North Shields Tyne and Wear
Rainham Kent
Bury St Edmunds Suffolk
Newbury Berkshire
Dunstable Bedfordshire
Whitley Bay Tyne and Wear
Wythenshawe Greater Manchester
Banstead Surrey
Redhill Surrey
Windsor Berkshire
Morley West Yorkshire
Plympton Devon
Bromborough Merseyside
Penarth South Glamorgan
Thornaby On Tess North Yorkshire
Bridge of Don Aberdeenshire
Jarrow Tyne and Wear
Potters Bar Hertfordshire
Staines Surrey
Sunbury Surrey
Molesey Surrey
Musselburgh East Lothian
Horwich Greater Manchester
Wickersley South Yorkshire
Waltham Abbey Essex
Stapleford Nottinghamshire
Egham Surrey
Whickham Tyne and Wear
Hebburn Tyne and Wear
Tynemouth Tyne and Wear
Llandudno Clwyd
Blaydon Tyne and Wear
Aughton South Yorkshire
Thundersley Essex
Birstall Leicestershire
Chertsey Surrey
Stranraer Dumfries & Galloway
Chadwell St Mary Essex
Monifieth Angus
Byfleet Surrey
Shirehampton Bristol City of
Dinas Powis South Glamorgan
Dyce Aberdeenshire
Esher Surrey
Harlington Greater London
Chipstead Surrey
Iver Heath Buckinghamshire
Allesley West Midlands
Joyden’s Wood Kent
Shelf West Yorkshire
Shepperton Green Surrey
Hextable Kent
Calverley West Yorkshire
How Wood Hertfordshire
Virginia Water Surrey
Shinfield Berkshire
Falmer East Sussex
Danderhall Midlothian
Ambleside Cumbria
Chertsey South Surrey
Richings Park Buckinghamshire
Trumps Green Surrey
New Denham Buckinghamshire
Thorpe Surrey
Tatling End Buckinghamshire
Chilworth Hampshire
Woodbine Close Park Essex
Kemprow Hertfordshire

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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32 Responses
  1. adslmax says:

    Again, No 5G in Telford! Can’t believe it! Will start complaints to my local MP.

    1. CarlT says:

      There is 5G coverage in Telford though not from O2.

    2. WibbledOff says:

      Hopefully your local MP will tell you to spend more time looking for work than spending all your time worrying about full fibre and 5G

    3. John says:

      Yeah, that’s the right direction! Your MP will immediately force O2 to fix the problem.

    4. CarlT says:

      Telford’s MP is Lucy Allan. She probably doesn’t want any Spanish 5G in her constituency. She’d deport the masts if they weren’t concreted in.

      O2 is owned by Telefonica and her opinions on the UK’s relationship with our neighbours are… vehement.

    5. mrew42 says:

      London – Greater London
      That’s a complete cop out in detail really. looking at the coverage map my area (Havering) has big holes in its service. Aside from the fact that the detail for 3g & 4g are incorrect at my precise location. 4g is impossible to achive indoors and calls drop virtualy every single time. No detail is provided on geographical differences, particularly where line of sight isn’t achievable. All Networks are equally guilt of this though.

  2. Carl O says:

    I just left O2.

    Confirmed there is shocking congestion in Chester but no idea when they plan to add capacity or 5G and did the usual “well leave for free” instead of fixing the problem.

    1. Dave says:

      My son is on O2 and we only live a few miles outside of Chester, the service for him is shocking. EE or 3 are the only options for us

    2. adslmax says:

      WibbledOff says:
      May 13, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Hopefully your local MP will tell you to spend more time looking for work than spending all your time worrying about full fibre and 5G

      How dare u accused me. DWP say I am unfit for work indefinitely as agree between DWP and Medicial Assessment Centre. Declared unfit for work for longer term due to my disability and mental health illness.

      I be retired soon anyway

    3. WibbledOff says:

      Max, I’ve served in the forces and while doing so I lost my left leg and often have to use a wheelchair. I was also deemed not fit for work, but decided that wasn’t going to stop me from not just working, but also from creating a successful business. Just because the DWP writes you off doesn’t mean you do nothing.

    4. Aled says:

      Cellmapper.Net am always surprised how accurate that site is. Just select “UK O2” and look on the map

    5. adslmax says:

      I never voted for her Lucy Allan MP. She never there for the peoples of Telford. She always in bloody London.

  3. Jonesey says:

    The only O2 5G in the whole of Cheshire is in Warrington.
    Things should improve dramatically when the 700 MHz band is rolled out with better propagation and in building penetration.

  4. Sam says:

    Who are the new places?

  5. Mark says:

    I have a 5G phone and have found nowhere in Plymouth that has 5G from O2 yet including the City Centre even though it’s listed!

  6. Billy Nomates says:

    hah. Bedford .. 1 mast (just like with Three)

  7. Mike says:

    No 5g in Paignton Devon

  8. J says:

    I wonder if this is what all of these new diesel generator powered cell towers are that have popped up in Warrington. A bit odd really as the local planning portal doesn’t show permission for any of these sites, the towers are quite large compared to the older 3g/4g towers.

    Amazing how many heavy reinforced lines are running from the ground into the ones I have seen.

  9. Ian Aitken says:

    Ultra fast 5g?

    Is this faster than normal 5g, what qualifies it as “ultra fast” 5g

    This feels like an advert, are o2 paying you for this

  10. Mark says:

    It would be nice if o2 could fix 4g in Dalkeith before the roll out of 5g whenever the hell that’ll be. 3g is currently faster than 4g in and outdoors in the town.

    1. blueacid says:

      The roll-out of 5G should certainly help 4G in the areas it’s done – additional RF spectrum avaiable means that the supply is increased to (hopefully) help with the demand.

      As for the where/why, I think the note in the original article covers that very well: “the initial focus is often on the busiest areas, as well as primary cell/mast sites (i.e. they don’t magically hit 100% coverage from day one”. So hopefully they’ll get your area soon.

  11. Dane says:

    They can add this yet I can barely get a signal at all on 4g and it’s been 5 months multiple sims etc and just keep getting to wait 48/72 hours. The tech team ring me go through security and hang up which has happened multiple times then claim the case is closed as I haven’t taken it further. Worst contract I’ve ever signed

  12. Mark says:

    2021 and the O2 mast covering this area is still only 2G, what an earth in this day and age can be stopping it being upgraded, is it really that difficult to lay a trench or suspend fibre on poles nowadays. In theory I suppose it will just be switched off when 2G is retired, because of backhand issues.

  13. Matt says:

    5G only available on Tesco Car Park for me

  14. P says:

    Reading the comments here it seems all O2’s 5G will do is get you to it’s traffic management and congestion issues faster!

  15. PhD Eng Nikollaq Terezi says:

    This is a very good step toward implementation of the state of art technology. This is a very good opportunity to increase in a excellent level the quality of Service provided to the people and specialy to the business. Congratulation!

  16. Jason says:

    Oxfordshire sadly lacking as usual. Lucky to get any kind of signal indoors let alone 5g.

    1. CarlT says:

      Have Banbury and Oxford moved, Jason?

      Every county’s coverage is large towns and cities for the most part as those are where the most people per square kilometre are.

  17. Nick Roberts says:

    Bull shine !

    Harrow, suburban North-West London, no O2 5G.

    Only EE and Three show 5G as available in this location, but qualify that availability by indicating on the map that EE is only receivable outside buildings, whilst Three indicate that reception is patchy.

    Putting my new birthday gift Android phone, fitted out with a Three PAYG Sim, in manual mobile network search mode, whilst sitting in my living room, NO 5 G signal is shown at all, only 3 & 4G from the usual suspects O2, Vodaphone, Three, EE.

    Lets guess what the company reports to OFCOM say.

  18. Nick Roberts says:

    Cellmapper.net not showing any masts or the repeater 200 yards away from me. Out-of-date

  19. Mike says:

    How about Bicester Oxfordshire, 2nd biggest tourist location in the UK due to the Oulet village, only 2nd to Buckingham palace but only poor service, just getting the outlet collage under 5g will help!

  20. Sergio Schirinzi says:

    The list says Luton has 5G but your coverage checker says it’s has not ?

    Which one is it then as I’m hesitating to buy a 5G phone if I have no local coverage

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