To check the coverage of the Vodafone connection you can access a page on the website of the phone operator: here's how to do it
The 5G network has now arrived in Italy, with the first offers from the phone operators and with the first smartphones equipped with 5G modems able to connect to the new super-fast network. The 5G coverage, however, is still very limited compared to the previous 3G, 4G and 4G+.
How to know what kind of network is available in our area? Until now, we've been forced to use specific apps, such as OpenSignal's, that show us a map of network coverage and (not always, but almost) speed test our connection. The good thing about these apps is that they show the coverage of all phone operators in the area, while the inconvenient thing is that you have to install an app on your smartphone. The second method to check network coverage, instead, is to use services developed directly by individual operators. For example, Vodafone has released an online web page that allows users and customers to verify the network coverage: here's how to do it.
The Vodafone network coverage map
To verify the Vodafone network coverage in our area (or in any other area of Italy), the company has made available a map on its website. Through this simple page you can navigate the map or directly enter the municipality and the province to know what kind of coverage is present. The map works in layers: you can view only one type of network at a time: 2G, 3G, 4G, 4G+ and 5G. Of course, the coverage shown is only the one related to Vodafone network.
Vodafone's 5G network
As we said, Vodafone's (but also all other operators') 5G coverage is still very limited compared to the whole Italian territory. Milan (and 28 municipalities in the hinterland), Turin, Rome, Bologna and Naples are the first cities where Vodafone has turned on the 5G antennas. Vodafone's 5G Giga Network development plans are to reach 100 covered cities by 2021.
Vodafone's 4.5G network
In the meantime, Vodafone is expanding 4.5G coverage in several Italian municipalities, as a bridging solution while waiting for 5G to arrive in these cities as well. The municipalities currently covered by this latest technological evolution of the "old" 4G are: Agrigento, Ancona, Catania, Florence, Palermo, Salerno, Taranto, Genoa, Novara, Livorno, Verona, Bari, Padua, Perugia and Rimini.