February 12, 2016

Which networks have 4G in which cities?

4g in cities

4G is spreading far and wide but there are still plenty of places where you can’t get it. With 69 cities in the UK there are inevitably some in which not every network offers 4G speeds and in some cases they’ll only have partial coverage.

While you can usually check with a network directly to get some idea of the coverage on offer we’re here to save you some time with a complete rundown of where EE, O2, Vodafone and Three do and don’t have 4G coverage across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our guide gives you a good idea of where you can expect to find 4G now and as we head further into 2016, based on the most up to date and detailed information offered by the networks.

England

Vodafone_London

CityEE 4GThree 4GO2 4GVodafone 4G
BathYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, patchy both indoors and outdoors
BirminghamYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
BradfordYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
Brighton & HoveYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
BristolYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
CambridgeYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
CanterburyYes, but only outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, weak indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
CarlisleYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsNoNo
ChelmsfordYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
ChesterYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, partialYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, patchy indoors
ChichesterYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, partial outdoors, weak indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
City of WestminsterYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
CoventryYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
DerbyYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
DurhamYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
ElyNoNoNoNo
ExeterYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsNoNo
GloucesterYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors, patchy outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
HerefordYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
Kingston upon HullYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
LancasterYes, strong indoors and outdoorsNoYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, patchy indoors
LeedsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
LeicesterYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
LichfieldYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsNoYes, partial
LincolnYes, but only outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
LiverpoolYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
LondonYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
ManchesterYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
Newcastle upon TyneYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
NorwichYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong outdoors, generally strong indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
NottinghamYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
OxfordYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
PeterboroughYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
PlymouthYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, partialYes, partial
PortsmouthYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
PrestonYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
RiponYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong outdoors, weak indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
SalfordYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
SalisburyYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsNoYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
SheffieldYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
SouthamptonYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
St AlbansYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
Stoke-on-TrentYes, but only outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, patchy indoorsYes, strong outdoors, patchy indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
SunderlandYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
TruroYes, strong indoors and outdoorsNoYes, partialYes, partial
WakefieldYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, generally strong indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
WellsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsNoNoNo
WinchesterYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsNoYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
WolverhamptonYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
WorcesterYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, partialYes, strong outdoors, patchy indoors
YorkYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors

As you can see in the table above, England is well served for 4G, particularly in major cities, such as London and Manchester, however there are some gaps in coverage.

Only EE offers strong 4G coverage in Carlisle or Truro for example and it’s the only network with any 4G in Wells. Then there’s Exeter, which only has any 4G coverage from EE and Three.

Even EE doesn’t put in a perfect performance though. In Canterbury, Chichester, Gloucester, Hereford, Norwich, Ripon, Salisbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Wells, Winchester and Worcester its indoor coverage needs work and spare a thought for Ely, which is the only UK city with no 4G coverage from any network.

Scotland

vodafone 4g

In Scotland you’ll find that all four networks offer 4G coverage in all seven cities, but to varying degrees. Surprisingly it’s not EE that comes out on top here but O2 and Vodafone, each of which offers great coverage both indoors and outdoors across all seven cities.

EE has patchy coverage in Perth and Stirling, while Three’s 4G coverage needs work in Dundee, Inverness, Perth and Stirling.

CityEE 4GThree 4GO2 4GVodafone 4G
AberdeenYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
DundeeYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
EdinburghYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
GlasgowYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
InvernessYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
PerthYes, but very weak and outdoors onlyYes, strong outdoors, generally weak indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
StirlingYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, partialYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors

Wales

4g

EE is leading the way in Wales, with coverage in all six cities, though its indoor coverage shows room for improvement in Bangor, St Asaph and St Davids. O2 and Vodafone though each have no 4G coverage at all in Bangor, St Asaph or St Davids and there’s none from Three in St Davids either.

CityEE 4GThree 4GO2 4GVodafone 4G
BangorYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong outdoors, generally strong indoorsNoNo
CardiffYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
NewportYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, partial indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
St AsaphYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, partialNoNo
St DavidsYes, but only outdoorsNoNoNo
SwanseaYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors

Northern Ireland

4G mast

EE and Vodafone each offer 4G coverage in all five cities in Northern Ireland, but EE’s indoor coverage needs work in Lisburn and Newry, while Vodafone’s is variable indoors in Newry.

Three’s coverage is slightly more limited. It has no 4G at all in Armagh and only partial outdoor coverage in Lisburn. O2 has strong coverage in Armagh, Belfast, Derry and Lisburn but none in Newry.

City


EE 4GThree 4GO2 4GVodafone 4G
ArmaghYes, strong indoors and outdoorsNoYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
BelfastYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
Derry/LondonderryYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong outdoors, generally strong indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
LisburnYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, partial outdoors, none indoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoorsYes, strong indoors and outdoors
NewryYes, strong outdoors, ok indoorsYes, strong outdoors, partial indoorsNoYes, strong outdoors, variable indoors

 

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  • James

    Haven’t gone much deeper, more could be wrong, but as an example, your results in Carlisle and Canterbury for Three are wrong.
    Carlisle town centre does indeed have Three 4G where you say it has none, and Canterbury town centre doesn’t have 4G, but the surrounding areas do (which are still in the city), so I’d certainly say Canterbury is partial at least.

    And it’s not a case of 4G’s been added since you did your research, because you show Belfast as having 4G on Three, but it only showed on the coverage map last week. Whereas Carlisle has been active on the coverage map for much longer.

  • LJ Ashurst

    In Leicester Vodafone have no 4G coverage but you are correct with EE, Three & O2 they do have 4G coverage in Leicester.

  • olo

    Three in Aberdeen very poor

  • Peter

    3 need to get there indoor drastically inproved indoors