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Keeping our network reliable

Maintaining the reliability and capacity of our network is our number one priority during the COVID-19 outbreak

Now more than ever, we know that our customers need our network to stay connected to loved ones and emergency services. Supporting you with this is our main priority.

We’re working hard every day to continue to deliver a reliable network. As and when we have any updates on the status of our network and what we’re doing, we’ll share this information with you here.

Our response to COVID-19

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a huge change in behaviour for our voice and data traffic – with a 30% increase in internet traffic, more than 25% increase in landline calls, and 42% increase in mobile voice traffic. Find out more

To overcome these new challenges, we’ve changed the way we manage our voice and data traffic and added more capacity to our broadband. This will improve our network performance and avoid connection speeds slowing down during busy times.

Plus, we’re extending WiFi Calling to all our customers over the next three months. So you can stay connected in your home at all times using your home broadband connection. Find out more

Stay home, stay connected

You can rely on our network to keep you connected at home. Our low frequency spectrum travels further and passes easily through walls, providing excellent indoor coverage – with indoor voice coverage across 99% of the population.

Struggling to get signal at home?

If you’re experiencing weak signal or indoor blackspots, you can use our WiFi Calling or 4G Calling services to make and receive calls – at no extra cost.

WiFi Calling makes calls using your internet connection instead of the mobile network, while 4G Calling keeps you on 4G during calls for clearer connection.

Check our network and coverage

We're committed to giving you the best possible service, but we know that our signal can sometimes dip or slow down. If this ever happens, the chances are we're already aware of it and doing all we can to get it fixed.

Check the status of our network and see what coverage is available in your area, including 5G, with our Network Status Checker.

Where will 5G be available?



We’re an award-winning network

We’ve recently been awarded the UK’s best mobile data network by nPerf.

nPerf results 2019

UK Operators

Success ratio93.70%89.29%89.56%88.83%
Download bitrate50.35Mb/s37.79Mb/s21.56Mb/s17.55Mb/s
Upload bitrate13.66Mb/s10.69Mb/s7.87Mb/s6.25Mb/s
Streaming YouTube83.92%84.89%81.14%75.47%
2G/3G/4G/5G Score nPerf*78.284 nPoints73.917 nPoints57.223 nPoints53.445 nPoints

We're the UK's best mobile data network as awarded by nPerf. With leading scores for data performance across 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G - including download speeds and upload speeds.

*The formula for calculating the score has changed since 1 January 2018, so the values are not comparable with those of previous publications. See details in the publication.

For the full report on the award, see here

Our 5G network is growing

We have 5G in more places across Europe than any other network, unlocking a world of exciting opportunities.


Simply get a 5G ready phone with us, and start exploring the future of 5G today.

Why choose Vodafone?

Award winning network

Awarded the best mobile data network

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5G in more places

With 5G in more places across Europe


Roam at no extra cost in more destinations than any other network

Join the World’s second-biggest network

With great reliability and improvements in speed, we’re firmly on the map. We’re always improving our network, putting in £1bn every year. We want you to rely on us – to keep you connected to the people and things you love, wherever you are.

Our legal terms

Based on nPerf testing during 2019, Vodafone was awarded: Best 2019 Mobile Internet Performance vs EE, O2 & Three. Results based on 35, 664 tests carried out on the nPerf app in the UK. As of January 2020, for full verification see here

Vodafone 5G is in a total of 111 places across EU (41 UK locations and 70 locations across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland) vs EE (67 UK locations and no locations across EU), Three (66 UK location and no locations across EU), O2 (24 UK locations and no locations across EU). As of 5th March 2020, see vodafone.co.uk/5g for coverage and terms.

Available on Vodafone Red plans (5GB of data or more) and Unlimited Max plans. Speed may be affected by a number of factors.

You can experience 5G in many ways, such as faster speeds, greater network capacity and lower latency.
You must have a 5G enabled device on the Vodafone 5G network, a Vodafone 5G plan and 5G coverage in the area that you are in. Coverage may be affected by a number of factors. See for details vodafone.co.uk/network/5g