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Glastonbury beefs up wi-fi capability

Press AssociationPress Association 20/06/2016

WiFi-enabled hedges will be placed at this year's Glastonbury festival in the UK making it very easy for revellers to share photos and video on social media.

The themed hedges will be shaped like some of the iconic festival's main stages and mobile operator EE, the official partner of the festival, says they will boost signal coverage.

Tractors and plastic cows have previously been used as the centre pieces for internet hotspots.

EE says this year it expects around 15 terabytes of data to be sent from Glastonbury - the equivalent of three million songs by Saturday night headliner Adele - and as a result the firm will triple the capacity of its temporary network in order to support the phone calls, messages and social media posts made by the more than 130,000 people on-site.

Matt Stagg, EE's head of video and content said: "Every year, social media feeds all over the world are flooded with images and videos of Glastonbury Festival.

"We build a network to handle all those images and massive video files so that customers get a great mobile experience. Those attending have been looking forward to this event all year, and expect to be able to share their festival experience on social media so it's crucial that the EE network on site stays ahead of the huge demand."

The WiFi hotspots have been cut into the shape of the Pyramid stage, on which Adele and fellow headliners Muse and Coldplay will perform on each of the festival's three nights, as well as dance area Arcadia, whose stage is a giant metal spider made from recycled materials.

The Glastonbury Festival runs from June 22-26.

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