We8217;re not there this year sadly, but analyst Ben Wood is and in a field test (geddit) says that he8217;s consistently getting at least five times the speeds on EE8217;s 5G network compared to 4G. Wood showed 5G speeds ranging from 350Mbps to a stonking 560Mbps.
Of course, EE didn8217;t need to install 5G at Glastonbury 8211; there will probably only be a handful of people with a 5G phone out of 150,000 but EE clearly sees it as a good opportunity for promotion. It8217;s also providing 5G-powered Wi-Fi at the event so can bring better data speeds to those without a 5G phone as well as providing 2G for voice or 3G/4G for data and voice.
EE says that it expects 40 percent more data to be used this weekend at the event compared to 2017 (there wasn8217;t a festival in 2018). It8217;s predicting around 70 terabytes of data use this time.
As a lot of folks have noted, the vast majority of people @festivalglasto will be on #4G. This is a side-by-side test of 4G vs #5G on @Qualcomm powered @OnePlus 6T and 7 Pro 5G. @EE 4G network astonishing at the moment on day 2 at Glastonbury. pic.twitter.com/Ijer21zUAo
Infrastructure expert Peter Clarke says the temporary 5G network install looks to be very similar to EE8217;s London sites with Huawei AAU (Active Antenna Unit) Massive MIMO carrying 3500MHz 5G with other Huawei antennas and radios to cater for non-5G customers.