Mobile network operator EE plans to roll out more spectrum to improve the mobile phone network at next year's Glastonbury Festival. EE will use more 1800MHz spectrum as well as some of its new 2600MHz spectrum to meet its 4G customers’ demands.
The operator deployed a temporary network at this year’s festival with five high-capacity 2G, 3G and 4G sites around the grounds. However, many attendees complained on social media about the performance of EE's network at the event.
As well as the network coverage at this year's festival, EE offered free portable phone chargers to festival-goers. EE’s 'herd of 4G Wi-Fi cows' around the grounds allowed all mobile phone users to access 4G internet speeds. EE also developed the official Glastonbury 2014 app. According to EE, a surge in uploads occurred during the Saturday night's Metallica concert.
The company has now committed to making the network experience better for attendees of next year’s festival. A new service, VoLTE, will enable customers to make calls over 4G.
The operator will introduce VoWi-Fi to its customers later this year. It will allow EE customers to make calls over Wi-Fi even when they have no mobile network reception.
A spokesperson for EE told Mobile, 'To meet the ever-increasing demand for voice and data services, we designed and deployed a unique solution [at Glastonbury] that included a total of five high-capacity 2G, 3G and 4G sites around the Glastonbury festival grounds.'
'More customers in 2015 will be on 4G, and we have significantly more spectrum that we can make use of for the festival – more 1800MHz spectrum and our 2600MHz spectrum that we haven’t used yet', explained the spokesperson.
'We will continue to innovate to make the network experience better at Glastonbury.'