London,
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April
2019
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EE TO MAKE GLASTONBURY 2019 UK’S FIRST 5G FESTIVAL

  • EE returns as Glastonbury Festival technology partner for sixth year, in a long-standing partnership spanning over 19 years
  • State of the art 5G network to be installed at Worthy Farm in landmark trial making Glastonbury the UK’s first 5G-connected Festival
  • EE predicts record amount of data to be used – more than 70 terabytes, equivalent to 784 million Instagram posts or 19 million downloads of Pyramid Stage headliner Stormzy’s ‘Shut Up’
  • Festival goers can stay connected with superfast phone charging and power bar swapping at the EE Recharge Tent
  • The official Glastonbury 2019 app developed in partnership with EE will be available to download in May

24 APRIL 2019: EE today revealed that it is the technology partner of Glastonbury Festival for the sixth year. The award-winning network will trial 5G mobile technology at Worthy Farm to make Glastonbury the UK’s first 5G-connected festival, and once again bring the most powerful 4G network seen at any UK event to the 900-acre Somerset site.

To keep festival goers connected throughout the weekend, EE will be installing five temporary masts across the site to add to the permanent site at Worthy Farm, broadcasting 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G for the first time. Festival goers will have the opportunity to try out the brand-new 5G network technology for themselves via 5G-powered WiFi, ensuring that sharing those electrifying festival moments will be made easier than ever before.

Music fans will once again have access to the EE Recharge Tent so they can stay connected throughout the weekend. Open from Thursday 10am to 10pm, the EE Recharge Tent will have more chargers than ever before and is free to all, regardless of network. Wireless and USB C charging stations will charge compatible phones in under thirty minutes. Taking the stress away from running out of battery, losing friends or not being able to snap photos during the weekend’s festivities.

Those that don’t want to miss a minute of the action can purchase a Juice Tube Power Bar (£20) offering one full charge at the EE Recharge Tent or at EE.co.uk in the run up to the festival. When it runs flat, Juice Tube Power Bars can be swapped for free once a day for a fully charged one at the EE Recharge Tent or EE Exchange Cabin, meaning festival goers can charge their phone on the move.

The official Glastonbury 2019 app, developed in partnership with EE, will be available to download in May, allowing festival-goers to plan their line up and find their way around the site. More information on the official app will be announced in the coming weeks.

In 2017, a whopping 54 terabytes of mobile data was used over the festival weekend by Glastonbury goers sharing pictures and videos of their festival memories, streaming content and keeping up to date with events away from the festival. EE predicts this figure will once again skyrocket with a 40% increase compared with 2017, to more than 70 terabytes of data, equivalent to 784 million Instagram posts or 19 million downloads of Pyramid Stage headliner Stormzy’s ‘Shut Up’.

EE’s superfast 4G network, now with a trial of 5G, has been built to cope with the huge data demand from the 200,000 festival goers expected to attend Worthy Farm from 26th June to 30th June.

Emily Eavis at Glastonbury Festival commented: “We’re extremely pleased to have EE back again, providing the best possible network for our rural site. And it’s great that we’re going to be one of the first places in the UK to offer 5G.”

Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at BT and EE, said: “Smartphones have become a festival must-have as we’ve seen each year with more and more data being consumed at Glastonbury Festival. As the long-standing technology partner to this iconic event, we are committed to building a network powerful enough to cope with this huge demand. With the introduction of 5G this year, we are able to trial this new technology at Worthy Farm and make history as the UK’s first 5G-connected festival.”

For the latest news and updates go to EE.co.uk/Glastonbury.

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