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Glastonbury to become UK’s first 5G connected festival

Paul Lipscombe
April 25, 2019

An estimated 200,000 people are expected to attend Glastonbury festival

Glastonbury Festival will become the UK’s first 5G connected festival this summer as it partners up with EE.

There will be five temporary masts installed across the 900-acre site on Worthy Farm in Somerset for the event taking place between June 26 to June 30.

EE also predicts that more than 70 terabytes of data will be used – which surpasses the 54TB consumed during 2017.

It will be the sixth time that the operator has been the technology partner for Glastonbury Festival, as festival-goers can try the 5G connectivity via 5G powered Wi-Fi.

An ‘EE Recharge Tent’ will also be available at the festival from 10am until 10pm, which allows people to recharge their phones, including wireless and USB-C charging stations.

The operator also confirmed it has partnered to support the Glastonbury app which is available to download next month to help festival-goers navigate the festival more easily.

BT and EE 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.

“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.”

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