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EE's temporary 4G network will cope with 'huge demand' at Glastonbury

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

This year’s Glastonbury Festival will see the largest and most powerful temporary 4G network at any UK event, according to EE.

The mobile operator, which is tripling the capacity of its 4G network at the Worthy Farm festival, said it expects EE customers to use 15TB of data over the course of the five days.

That’s 20 times as much mobile data as festival-goers used in 2011, the last time Coldplay headlined the festival, and is the equivalent of downloading Adele’s hit single Hello three million times.

EE said the amount of data consumed by festival-goers at Glastonbury has been growing since the launch of 4G and predicted that as much content will be shared using the EE 4G network at the festival as across the whole of Bristol over the same weekend.

Planning for the operator’s temporary 4G network starts nine months before the festival, with high capacity mobile base stations being constructed four weeks before.

To cope with extra demand on data, EE has added a sixth mobile mast this year and tripled the amount of mobile airwaves for customers to use.

Customers will also be able to make calls using the 4G network with EE’s ‘4G Calling’, the company said.

Spencer McHugh, director of brand at EE, said: “People in the UK are using their mobiles more than ever before to share cherished experiences.

'Images and videos'

“2016 has already seen 4G data usage increase by at least 40% at other major events year-on-year and this trend shows no sign of slowing down.

“Each year social media feeds all over the world are flooded with images and videos of Glastonbury Festival so, in anticipation of the huge demand we expect to see at Worthy Farm this June, we’ve tripled our 4G capacity thanks to a number of new innovative network technologies.”

Along with its extra data capacity, EE is offering phone charging and free 4G wi-fi at Glastonbury, as well as the official app as part of its partnership with the festival.

The official Glastonbury 2016 app will be available to download in early June, allowing festival-goers to get news on the weekend’s entertainment and live stream the BBC’s coverage.

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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