Glastonbury Revellers download eight terabytes of data via EE’s 4G network

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  • Revellers downloaded a whopping eight terabytes worth of data via EE’s powerful 4G network at Glastonbury Festival – the equivalent of more than two million Lionel Richie songs
  • Uploads from Worthy Farm more than doubled this year, with the data equivalent of three million images uploaded on social networks in 2015
  • EE’s official Glastonbury app saw over three million launches as revellers logged on to check set times, create their personal line ups, drop location pins and listen to Deezer clips of the weekend’s artists
  • The EE Power Bar swapping service was a huge success – average queuing time was kept to two minutes per swap all weekend meaning people had more time to catch all the performances and non-stop entertainment at Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival’s official technology and communications partner EE pulled out all the stops to ensure they delivered the most connected festival experience yet.

 

EE’s 4G Network

The world’s largest temporary 4G network, built for Glastonbury by the EE Special Projects team, was put through its paces for the week. With more 4G users than ever before, last year’s data total was smashed by Thursday night – before the main stages had even opened.

In total, festival-goers downloaded a total of eight terabytes of data on 4G in 2015, equivalent to more than two million downloads of Lionel Richie’s Hello. Customers also uploaded three terabytes of 4G data – around four million envy-inducing posts to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds from the Festival.

Phone calls were more reliable than ever before at Glastonbury, with 97.55% of calls going through.

 

EE’s Official Glastonbury 2015 App

The official Glastonbury 2015 app, developed in partnership with EE saw over three million launches over the weekend as revellers logged on to check on the latest Festival news, find where they were, stay connected with their friends on site, check set times and live stream the BBC’s coverage.

·         Over 50,000 festival goers connected to Facebook to share their chosen line up with their friends

·         2.6 million acts were favourited as those on site used the app to plan their personal festival line up, with Florence and The Machine, Lionel Richie and George Ezra proving most popular

·         Over 32,000 users dropped pins over the weekend in a bid not to lose their tent, car or friends

·         Over 475,000 Deezer clips of Festival artists were played over the weekend through the app, with Alabama Shakes, The Who and James Bay taking the top spots

 

Top 10 favourited acts at Glastonbury 2015:

1.    Florence and the Machine

2.    Lionel Richie

3.    George Ezra

4.    The Who

5.    Kanye West

6.    Pharrell Williams

7.    Hozier

8.    Alt-J

9.    The Chemical Brothers

10.  Ben Howard

 

Top 10 Deezer clips via the official Glastonbury 2015 app:

1.    Alabama Shakes

2.    The Who

3.    James Bay

4.    Catfish and the Bottlemen

5.    Rudimental

6.    Kanye West

7.    Alt-J

8.    Mary J. Blige

9.    The Vaccines

10.  The Chemical Brothers

 

EE Power Bar Exchange

EE also kept festival goers connected with two Power Bar Exchange points on site this year, which met the digital demands of this year’s festival goers by offering Power Bar swaps. The EE Power Bar – an easy-to-use portable phone charger and queue-busting alternative to traditional charging – enabled users to charge their phone on the go with the bar and then, once it ran out of juice, simply swap it for a fully charged one at the designated Exchange sites. Average queuing time at the Exchange sites was kept at 2 minutes per swap which meant revelers had more time to enjoy the music and entertainment on offer at the festival.

For more information on EE’s partnership with the Glastonbury Festival, please visitee.co.uk/Glastonbury.

Source: EE

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