Three 5G coverage map shows the initial coverage will be somewhat limited

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While Three has by far the most 5G spectrum and is likely to be extremely disruptive in the long run, there’s some way to go if this is the coverage we can expect after switch-on.

Although the maps shown here are not yet public, they were generated using data loaded onto Three’s website as at February 25th 2020.

Huawei Mate Xs
The Huawei Mate Xs will be available to Three customers, to take advantage of Three’s impressive level of 5G spectrum – but you may have to travel a bit to find those speeds!

In my opinion, it isn’t very impressive.

I can only hope there are a lot more sites to be activated very soon, but the locations seem to tie-up with the list (see below) Three published last week, so I think it may well be it.

I had expected that places like London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool or Cardiff would have far more substantial coverage.

On the plus side, Three has extremely competitive pricing for its handset contract and SIM-only plans with unlimited data, and of course 5G is available at no extra cost to customers – as long as you have a suitable 5G handset.

While it pains me to say it, given my interest in 5G, this does support the opinion held by many that 5G is too immature to get excited about yet.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.


Three considers itself the only network to offer ‘Real 5G’ with considerably more spectrum than any of its rivals

UK Coverage Overview – Three 5G


UK Coverage Highlights – Three 5G


The 5G enabled locations published by Three last week

  • Aberdeen
  • Abingdon-on-Thames
  • Aldershot
  • Balloch
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • Basildon
  • Bath
  • Bedford
  • Birkenhead
  • Birmingham
  • Blackpool
  • Borehamwood
  • Bradford
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Brookmans Park
  • Cannock
  • Cardiff / Caerdydd
  • Chatham
  • Clayton-le-Woods
  • Coventry
  • Crawley
  • Cullingworth
  • Doncaster
  • Dundee
  • Glasgow
  • Gorebridge
  • Grimsby
  • Guildford
  • Heanor
  • Hedge End
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Huddersfield
  • Inchinnan
  • Ipswich
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Leyland
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Lower Stondon
  • Luton
  • Maidstone
  • Manchester
  • Motherwell
  • Neston
  • Newquay
  • Nottingham
  • Nuneaton
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Preston
  • Reading
  • Redcar
  • Royston
  • Sheffield
  • Shelly Green
  • Slough
  • St Albans
  • Sunderland
  • Swadlincote
  • Swansea / Abertawe
  • Swindon
  • Westhoughton
  • Wickford
  • Wigan

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