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Birmingham Named Fastest UK City for 5G Mobile Broadband

It’s 2020… no one has time for slow internet or iffy connections. That’s exactly what 5G promises to conquer, with Birmingham enjoying the fastest speeds over all other 5G-enabled towns and cities in the UK. 

What is 5G? 

Launched in May 2019, 5G is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity – promising the quickest download speeds and more reliable connections. 5G offers average download speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second!  

If you compare that to the average speed of 4G, which is up to 100 megabytes per second, you can clearly see the difference in internet performance. 5G is great news for mobile gamers, on-the-go Netflix watchers, video callers and live streamers.

Which mobile networks currently offer 5G? 

As of April 2020, there are 71 cities across the UK with 5G coverage. These include: 

  • Edinburgh 

  • Manchester 

  • Liverpool 

  • Bristol 

  • Cardiff 

  • Newcastle 

  • Leeds 

  • Nottingham 

  • London 

  • Leicester 

5G is only available in larger towns and cities and doesn’t yet cover the whole of the country. However, by the end of 2020, even more locations will have access to 5G as it’s rolled out further.

Top 10 locations for best 5G speeds 

The top 10 fastest UK cities for 5G mobile broadband

As you can see, Birmingham grabs first place boasting download speeds of 28.9Mbps. Liverpool bags silver with just a small difference, with speeds of 28.8Mbps. And Manchester gets bronze, with speeds of 26.7 Mbps.   

All of this information has been gathered by RootMetrics, who are a network testing firm. To compile the data, they recorded download speeds across four big network providers – EE, 02, Three and Vodaphone – and calculated each city’s average speed.  

Do all phones support 5G? 

Unfortunately, no. And you may be shocked to find out that iPhones don’t even support them yet! Therefore, you could be faced with buying a new mobile if you want to enjoy the benefits of 5G.  

The models that can support 5G connectivity are: 

  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G 

  • LG V50 ThinQ  

  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G 

  • Oppo Reno 5G 

  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G 

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G  

  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G 

  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G 

While 5G has officially launched in the UK, many people will have to wait a while until it’s accessible or even affordable! There are still many towns and cities without 5G coverage, and it could be years until it’s rolled out nationwide – especially in rural locations.  

Not only that, but there are only a handful of phones which support 5G, so you would have to invest in a new mobile in order to experience the faster connectivity. 5G has a long way to go yet... 

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