What has Hereford got in common with the Outer Hebrides?


What have the Outer Hebrides got in common with Hereford? One comprises a chain of islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the North West coast of Scotland, home to miles and miles of coast, lots of puffins and apparently more than 470,000 people. The other is a landlocked cathedral town with a significantly smaller popular, around 63,000 to be exact.

What they do have in common is no 5G coverage – along with 21 other town in the UK* – luckily none of the others are in our region.

The information comes courtesy of 5g.co.uk, which says it is the only independent website in the UK dedicated to reporting on 5G News and Technology.

5G’s press release adds: “And we’ve been waiting a long time, as 5G was first launched by EE in May 2019 (though VodafoneO2 and Three launched a little later, in July 2019, October 2019, and February 2020 respectively). Still, with conspiracy theories linking 5G to COVID-19 and masts being set on fire as a result, it’s not exactly been smooth sailing for the networks, so perhaps that’s played a role.”

However, it’s likely that the 23 locations will be among the next in line for a 5G upgrade on at least some of the UK’s networks.


* – the no 5G club (and this doesn’t include smaller towns)

  • Canterbury
  • Carlisle
  • Chester
  • Cleveland
  • Crewe
  • Dorchester
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Exeter
  • Galashiels
  • Harrogate
  • Kilmarnock
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Kirkwall
  • Lerwick
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Perth
  • Salisbury
  • Shrewsbury
  • Taunton
  • Tonbridge
  • Torquay.