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EE will provide 5G at Glastonbury Festival this year

The technology is hoped to support the record amount of data expected to be used at the festival

  • Words: Isaac Pounds | Pohot: Andrew Allcock
  • 25 April 2019
EE will provide 5G at Glastonbury Festival this year

Mobile network provider EE will try and fix the problem of staying connected at a festival by giving ravers at Glastonbury the change to use 5G.

It marks the first time this technology will be available at a festival, with five masts to be temporarily set up around the site grounds of Worthy Farm.

The new technology is twice as fast as 4G and is being installed to help cope with the unprecedented amount of data that is expected to be used across the five-day festival.

With tickets for Glastonbury selling out in half an hour after release, and over 200,000 people attending, it’s thought roughly 70 terabytes of data will be used. That’s as much as 784 million Instagram posts, or the equivalent of almost a 800 a day per person.

As the long-standing technology provider for the festival, EE and BT Marketing and Communications Director, Pete Jeavons said “Smartphones have become a festival must-have as we've seen each year with more and more data being consumed at Glastonbury Festival.”

Glastonbury organise Emily Eavis said, “We're extremely pleased to have EE back again, providing the best possible network for our rural site. It's great that we're going to be one of the first places in the UK to offer 5G.”

[Via: ITV]

Isaac Pound is a freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter

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