5GHB

5GHB is the UK's leading 5G home broadband comparison site, helping you to choose the best broadband for you and your family.

5GHB is here to compare 5G Home Broadband deals and offers from mobile phone providers such as EE, Vodafone, O2, and Three. Broadband at home no longer has to be from a traditional phone line from BT, Sky, Plusnet, nor fibre optic lines from vendors such as Virgin Media.

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Some of the topics that will be covered by this site are:

How does mobile broadband work?

The very same signals that mobile phones receive are how broadband (mobile) is delivered to your home. Four mobile operators (Three, Vodafone, EE, and O2) are responsible for the 3G, 4G, and 5G data signals that are wirelessly received in your home. In terms of the speed of network, 4G ranges from 15Mbps to 30Mbps, with lots of variations in location and network provider being the reason for the large difference. If you are unlucky enough to be located in a 3G area, then expect much lower download speeds. Of course, 5G is much, much faster than both 3G and 4G combined, allowing you to connect many more devices at the same time, without suffering noticeable slowdowns.

Which broadband companies provide mobile broadband?

The UK suppliers of mobile broadband services are EE, Three, Vodafone, and O2.

How do the alternatives compare to 5G broadband in terms of speed?

In the UK, the theoretical maximum speed of fibre broadband is 1Gbps, although this hasn't been rolled out as a mainstream offer (as yet). The most famous providers of this are Virgin Media. However, many places in the UK (residential and commercial), are still without access to fibre broadband, and have to make do with a traditional 'copper wire' phone line, or even ADSL to access the internet. 4G can also reach up to 300Mbps although 15-30Mbps is a more realistic estimate depending on which network you use, and the area that you are in.

Where is 5G Home Broadband Available?

Currently, 5G home broadband is starting to be implemented in locations all over the county. This is starting with larger metropolitan areas, and will expand further to smaller cities and larger towns in time, before being rolled out nationwide. 5G broadband is currently available in 57 major towns and cities, with a further 18 coverage areas planned for 2020. EE has the most areas with 5G home internet, covering 41 towns and cities in the UK, including London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Lichfield, Lisburn, Newcastle, Salford, Sheffield, Sunderland, Wakefield and Wolverhampton. Aberdeen, Cambridge, Gloucester, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Southampton and Worcester are all scheduled to receive 5G coverage on EE’s network in 2020. As an MVNO, BT also offers coverage to all of these areas via EE’s network, to give customers all over the UK high-speed 5G home broadband.

Generally, where 5G coverage is available, 5G home broadband will also be available, especially in high-density and major metropolitan areas where coverage is far more consistent than in smaller towns and cities.

Vodafone and VOXI offer coverage for 5G mobile broadband in the following 34 areas: Ambleside, Bebington, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle and Gatley, Droylsden, Eccles, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington and Wolverhampton. These areas are relatively concentrated in the north of England, while other networks have focused on broader coverage nationwide, or concentrated coverage in London.

O2 offers 5G home broadband to 21 towns and cities in the UK, including areas like Derby, Norwich and Slough, which aren’t currently served by any other 5G network. O2 are also targeting specific landmarks and areas that frequently receive high traffic, including transport and business hubs in cities, and large sports and entertainment venues including The O2 and Twickenham Stadium, so that users can get 5G speeds even in busy areas. While this is slightly different from 5G home broadband capabilities, the increased 5G network coverage across the nation tells us that 5G is becoming increasingly mainstream as companies invest further in their high-speed networks.

Three 5G home broadband is currently only available in London.

Generally, while 5G isn’t likely to be available in smaller towns and rural areas for several years, for those of us in large cities and metropolitan areas, 5G home broadband is becoming a more viable option every day for 5G bandwidth, without wired broadband.

5G Home Internet On Different UK Networks

There are currently four main providers of 5G, and therefore 5G home broadband, in the UK: EE, Vodafone, Three and O2. MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) are also starting to offer 5G. 

EE was the first network to bring 5G to the UK, and currently has the widest 5G network, with 41 areas covered and a further 9 areas planned to receive coverage at some point in 2020. This network was the first 5G provider to go live, as they rolled out their network on May 30th 2019, starting with six major cities in the UK. EE 5G home broadband remains the largest 5G network, and is planning to expand to a number of large towns and suburbian areas of several UK cities. 

Vodafone 5G offers coverage in 34 areas of the UK. VOXI also uses Vodafone’s network to offer 5G to its customers, so is able to offer the same areas of 5G coverage in the UK, as well as offering 5G roaming in areas of Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Vodafone was the first network to offer 5G roaming, and is continuing to roll out 5G across Europe. When we include the additional 68 European 5G areas, Vodafone is the largest provider offering 5G coverage and home broadband in the UK.

O2 has a slightly smaller 5G offering, with 5G available in 21 areas of the UK. They have several unlimited data plans available, which they are upgrading to include 5G as it becomes increasingly prevalent. They are planning to offer 5G to a total of 50 areas by summer 2020.

Three is planning significant expansion from their current core 5G service across London, with 25 locations marked for 5G expansion.

How Good is 5G Broadband UK Coverage? 

While network providers are continuously expanding the areas 5G is available in for home broadband, there are still issues with consistent 5G coverage. The majority of areas where 5G home broadband is available will not have blanket coverage, meaning that you can’t guarantee the consistency of a 5G connection on any network. However, this is always improving, and for most people in high-density areas of large towns and cities, 5G home broadband is a viable option right now!

MVNO’s And 5G Home Broadband

MVNO’s, or Mobile Virtual Network Operators, are providers that don’t own or run a physical network, and instead pay another provider for use of their core network. This means that if the core network doesn’t provide 5G in an area, neither can the MVNO. However, with all four of the core networks starting to roll out 5G, it is likely that we will see MVNOs starting this soon. Currently, BT and VOXI are the only MVNOs rolling out 5G services, though both Sky Mobile and Smarty are planning offerings in 2020.


Services like Plusnet 5G, Giffgaff, Asda Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Lycamobile, ID Mobile and FreedomPop don’t currently have any 5G plans announced, however, we can be fairly confident about the areas they will service, based on the network they currently use to provide their service. For example, as Plusnet, ASDA Mobile and Virgin Mobile currently all use EE’s network, they will offer 5G service in the same areas.

News sources.

Will fibre broadband be obsolete by 2030?

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Three’s 5G rollout behind schedule

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450% Faster - Ookla Reveals UK 5G Mobile Broadband Speeds - ISPreview UK

New data from internet speed testing giant Ookla (Speedtest.net) has shown how well early 5G mobile networks – including EE (BT), Vodafone and O2 – are performing across England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland.


When will Verizon have 5G?

Whether you’ve been hearing about 5G for a while or have only just learned what 5G is, you may be wondering when Verizon will have 5G. Rest assured that in parts of select cities, Verizon 5G is already available!


Three DELAYS its 5G network rollout blaming planning permission issues

Three is delaying the rollout of its 5G service for an undisclosed amount of time, the network operator has announced.


Vodafone UK Grows to 667,000 Fixed Broadband Users as 5G Expands - ISPreview UK

Mobile giant and UK ISP Vodafone has today published their latest quarterly results to the end of September (Q2 FY20), which revealed that they managed to add an impressive 61,000 new fixed broadband customers in the quarter (total base of 667,000) and that’s up from +31K in the previous quarter.


5G home broadband: what is it and how much do deals cost?

EE did it in May. Vodafone did it in July. Three’s just joined the party, and O2’s definitely going to do it by the end of September. We’re talking about switching on 5G broadband for their UK mobile users.


Three UK’s 5G home broadband is super fast but inconsistent

Home Wi-Fi speeds can be difficult to understand at the best of times, but as I’ve been testing Three UK’s new 5G home broadband package this week, I’ve been getting especially superstitious. I’ve tried using different Wi-Fi access points, I’ve moved my modem around, and I’ve been switching between my phone, laptop, and desktop to run speed tests. I’ve even become pretty obsessive about checking which server Ookla’s SpeedTest service is accessing, just in case that’s coloring my results.


Super-fast 5G goes live in three towns

Mobile network EE is rolling out its super-fast 5G services to three towns in the county - the first to receive the high-speed connection.


Free broadband sounds great, but Labour needs to remember 5G

Today British voters woke up to the news that Labour is planning to provide every home and business with free, full-fibre broadband by 2030 if it wins the upcoming general election.


Three launches 5G home broadband from £35 a month

Three launches 5G home broadband from £35 a month.


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