EE builds the largest temporary 4G network for Glastonbury 2016

EE has built a temporary 4G network by adding more spectrum and new masts to cope with anticipated additional 135,000 people at Glastonbury Festival 2016.

According to the operator, the 2016 Glastonbury Festival will be covered by the biggest and most powerful temporary 4G network ever built in the UK.

It is expected that 15TB of data will be transferred at the festival on EE’s infrastructure. The operator started planning for the network nine months ago and mast construction starts four weeks before the bands start playing.

EE has been an official partner of the festival for the past few years, building networks that can cope with the additional 135,000 visitors that join the Glastonbury Festival.

Pevious temporary networks have used 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum, but this year, an additional 35MHz of high capacity 2.6GHz airwaves will also be deployed.  EE says it has reviewed congestion graphs from last year and is optimising the location of each base station, and will also build a sixth, additional mast to boost coverage across the site.

“2016 has already seen 4G data usage increase by at least 40 percent at other major events year on year and this trend shows no sign of slowing down,” said EE’s Spencer McHugh.

“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.”