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EE to provide free 4G wi-fi at Glastonbury Festival

Tuesday, June 21st 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

EE has installed three unique topiary structures at Glastonbury that will provide free 4G wi-fi to festivalgoers.

The ‘4GEE hedgeliners’ are shaped as iconic festival landmarks – Pyramid Stage, the Park Tower and the Arcadia Spider – and are designed to fit in with the other creative sculptures that can be seen around Worthy Farm.

The installations use cutting-edge that is designed for easy set-up in remote locations where wired connectivity is not available, allowing multiple users to login at the same time and get superfast 4G speeds.

Free 4G wifi will be available to festivalgoers on all mobile networks from 10am to 10pm, Thursday to Sunday.

Spencer McHugh, director of brand at EE, said: “Glastonbury is the UK’s biggest and best-loved festival – there really is nowhere like it when it comes to creativity, artistic flair and sheer splendour on site and we know people want to document and share every special moment on social media.

“We are already tripling the capacity of our 4G network on site to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for data we see at big events, and the addition of these selfie-friendly hotspots, showcasing our latest 4G WiFi technology, will give everyone on site a chance to share their pictures and videos seamlessly.”

EE has already said it expects its customers to use 15TB of data throughout the five days of the festival – 20 times as much mobile data as festivalgoers used in 2011.

In anticipation of this, the company is building what it says will be the largest and most powerful temporary 4G network at any UK event.

It has tripled the amount of mobile airwaves for customers to use and added a sixth mobile mast for this year’s festival.

EE is also offering a phone charging service in the ‘EE Recharge’ tent and has developed the official Glastonbury 2016 app, which allows users to get news on the weekend’s entertainment and live stream the BBC’s coverage of the event.

The app also allows people to drop location pins over the weekend to make sure they don’t lose their friends, tent or car during the festival.

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