The U.Okay. is among the most developed markets in Europe when it comes to 5G deployments. The nation’s 4 cellular operators have already launched 5G applied sciences within the U.Okay.’s foremost cities in addition to in a number of small and medium-sized cities.


EE, a part of telecom group BT, is presently providing 5G providers in 112 cities and cities throughout the nation.

EE launched the U.Okay.’s first 5G service in Could 2019 and initially coated components of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester. Different giant cities by which the telco now presents 5G protection contains Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bristol, Covently,  Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and Sunderland.

EE additionally expects to launch 5G in components of Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Southampton and Worcester earlier than the tip of 2020.

EE beforehand mentioned that the industrial launch was the primary section of the telco’s 5G rollout: a Non-standalone 5G New Radio deployment centered on utilizing the mixed energy of 4G and 5G applied sciences. Part 2, from 2022, will introduce the total 5G core community, enhanced system chipset capabilities, and elevated availability of 5G-ready spectrum.

A 3rd section, starting in 2023, will introduce Extremely-Dependable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), community slicing and multi-gigabit-per-second speeds. This section of 5G will allow important functions like real-time site visitors administration of fleets of autonomous autos and big sensor networks.


Vodafone initially launched 5G providers within the U.Okay in July of 2019. The provider initially supplied this expertise in components of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Glasgow.

In keeping with the telco’s web site, Vodafone’s 5G providers can be found in 57 places throughout the nation. Different key cities the place the corporate gives 5G protection are Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds, Portsmouth, Studying, Southampton and Swansea.

Vodafone has been not too long ago working with companions together with Ericsson, MediaTek, OPPO and Qualcomm for the deployment of SA 5G within the nation.


Three initially launched 5G providers within the nation in August 2019, with the preliminary providing of a high-speed 5G broadband service in components of London.

Three presently presents 5G in roughly 70 cities within the U.Okay, together with Aberdeen, , Bathtub, Bedford, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Glasgow, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Studying, Swansea and Wigan.


O2, owned by Spanish telecommunications big Telefonica, not too long ago introduced that its 5G community now serves a complete of 108 cities and cities throughout the nation.

O2 launched its 5G community within the UK in October 2019. O2’s 5G community was initially out there in sure areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds. The provider mentioned that the preliminary focus for its 5G community was on extremely populated areas together with railway stations, purchasing facilities and sports activities stadiums.

The provider is deploying its 5G infrastructure in partnership with Nordic distributors Ericsson and Nokia.

5G spectrum

In August, U.Okay. regulator Ofcom had announced plans to carry a 5G spectrum public sale in January 2021.

Ofcom said the public sale would cowl the sale of 80 megahertz within the 700 MHz band and 120 megahertz of spectrum within the 3.6 GHz-3.8 GHz band.

Ofcom has imposed a 37% cap on general spectrum holdings. Consequently, BT and EE will likely be allowed to acquire a most of 120 megahertz, whereas Three and Vodafone will have the ability to safe as much as 185 megahertz and 190 megahertz respectively. Attributable to its present spectrum holdings, O2 won’t be restricted by the cap, Ofcom mentioned.