Vodafone 5G customers can now make use of the company’s super-fast network in more than 100 places in the UK and other European countries. This is a huge step in terms of coverage, and is beginning to make 5G much more accessible to the general public.
Vodafone’s latest additions to its 5G family include Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cheadle, Rochdale and Stockport in and around Greater Manchester.
Growing UK 5G coverage
Vodafone has been able to bring such a broad 5G coverage to the UK thanks to it becoming the first UK company to introduce 5G multi-operator radio access network (MORAN) technology. This allows Vodafone to share the same mobile base station, reducing the number of 5G masts required.
Furthermore, the fact that Vodafone 5G has been brought to Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds is a big deal. These cities have seen mobile data usage growing by more than 90% over the last two years. And the arrival of 5G will help meet the needs of these data hungry users.
Vodafone has also become the only UK company to offer 5G roaming. The option is available to use in Ireland, with locations including Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. If customers wish to use 5G abroad, there will be no requirement to pay extra, as it’s included in Vodafone’s home plans.
“We have started the new year as we mean to go on. We now offer 5G in double the number of places than our nearest rival and we have significantly boosted the capacity of our network,” said Vodafone UK Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery. “It is ready for the arrival in 2020 of some great new 5G handsets and the next big software release bringing ultra-low latency. Together, these will push 5G to the next level.”