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EE UK Deploy Temporary 4G and 5G Masts to Tackle Summer Load

Thursday, Jun 22nd, 2023 (1:46 pm) - Score 4,768
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Mobile operator EE has revealed that 125 network upgrades are being installed on temporary 4G and 5G mobile (mobile broadband) masts at locations across the country, which are designed to complement existing permanent sites and to increase network capacity to help manage a “huge surge in seasonal demand.”

The main focus of this effort is on boosting EE’s network capacity around busy places, such as music festivals, sporting events, and local shows. Everything from major festivals, such as Glastonbury and Camp Bestival, to key sporting events at Silverstone, the Cheltenham Racecourse, Wembley Stadium, Royal Ascot and many more are likely to benefit from these upgrades.

Just to give this a little context. Back in March 2023, EE’s temporary masts at the Cheltenham Festival helped customers to use more than 52% more mobile data compared to 2019. While at Eurovision in Liverpool this May, 4G and 5G sites were used by customers and international visitors to download more than 20TB of data in the days leading up to the grand finale.

Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer at BT Group, said:

“For many people the summer is all about spending time making memories with family and friends. By expanding our network capacity with these temporary 4G and 5G sites, we are helping enhance the live event experience for our customers. Whether they want to FaceTime their parents from the Pyramid Stage or surf their social feeds at Boardmasters, they can count on EE to make it a summer to remember.”

We should point out that rival operators also adopt a similar strategy.

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21 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Phil says:

    Three network should learn from this! Never do!

    1. Avatar photo Dan says:

      They (along with all of the other operators) have got temporary masts at Glastonbury right now.

  2. Avatar photo Phil says:

    Now.. if only EE could set up a temporary mast in our village so we actually get decent signal.. and then just by chance forget about it so it becomes permanent.. I’d be more than happy 🙂

    1. Avatar photo Mr David w birks says:

      EE boasts it self on being the best network its shocking where I am too some days doesn’t work at all and other providers manage to do what you pay for

    2. Avatar photo 4chAnon says:

      Have you considered moving to a place that isn’t a village in the middle of nowhere? There’s a reason why other countries are heavily pushing urbanisation and it’s because villages suck for everyone involved – councils have no money to do anything, commercial operators will never make the numbers work and yourselves have to suck it up and have worse access to literally everything. Seems like a good idea to sell now before everyone else realises this and your house isn’t something easily sold, right? Let someone else hold the bag and move to somewhere with more company than sheep

  3. Avatar photo Sam says:

    How did 20TB get downloaded at Eurovision?! Nuts!

    1. Avatar photo Andrew G says:

      People streaming video, I’d guess. Either as a distraction from the awfulness of the event, or to see the much better view TV cameras have compared to the peasant seats.

      20TB is what, 4,000 hours of HD video. Across 250k visitors that is (subject to my maths) an average of a minute of video per visitor? If anything 20TB just shows that most of the visitors couldn’t get a useable signal…

  4. Avatar photo Alistair Skipper says:

    Typical of BT!!! They waste money on a temporary site so that people who have paid far too much money to attend such concets can send meaningless pictures to their family and friends just to boast that they attended Glastonbury etc.

    In the meantime the rest of the country have to pay for this stunt when the equipment and resources could have been used for a) reducing the extremely expensive Broadband contracts charges and b) ensure that more places in Britain get a better level of Broadband sooner.

    The BT boss should fall on his sword for this offensive stunt!

    1. Avatar photo T says:

      Have a cup of tea and relax.

    2. Avatar photo Dan says:

      The alternative is to not deploy these temporary masts, and to have a completely unusable network at these large events and in the surrounding areas, as hundreds or even thousands of times as many phones as normal connect to the existing infrastructure there.

    3. Avatar photo The Facts says:

      For the benefit of customers.

    4. Avatar photo Ben says:

      This isn’t something BT have just decided on. Back when Orange were around, they deployed extra capacity at Glastonbury.

    5. Avatar photo Anon says:

      When Tramlines festival moved to Hillsborough Park for the first couple of years they didn’t augment the network, result was unusable network for those in the festival and those living around it. It also resulted in all of the payment facilities in the festival and the shops nearby that used mobile based devices failing. Other IOT using mobile signals were probably also impacted.

      Last year they augmented the network which meant the network remained usable for everyone and no issues with payment systems.

      These temporary capacity uplifts are not just about those at the festival sending pictures, in our case they mean we have a usable mobile network whilst the festival is on.

    6. Avatar photo ADSL56k says:

      Comments like this do make me giggle while on my lunch.

  5. Avatar photo Danny says:

    Why have temporary masts at Wembley as they are the main sponsor of the stadium I’d of guessed they’d have mini sites they put on street furniture within the rafters and enough capacity to handle a full stadium!

  6. Avatar photo mike says:

    Now if only they could do this to fix their broken network on the Isle of Skye

  7. Avatar photo Sam says:

    How about EE install a permanent mast to feed my community? No signal!

    1. Avatar photo get a grip says:

      How about you get out of your back water and into civilisation?

  8. Avatar photo Horse says:

    Despite having more temporary masts than EE, as usual I await the comments that Vodafone and O2 are useless.

  9. Avatar photo Paul Barrett says:

    Having these temporary antenna are better than not having them.

    It makes sense when there are large events.

    There is no way a normal service would work.

    But by using the additional antenna on a just in time basis it works.

    How a network facilitates effective network provision is irrelevant

    I say well done to the networks for recognition of how large events can impact on network provision.

  10. Avatar photo Stephen says:

    It’s a shame they didn’t have any temporary masts at the Royal Highland Show this year. I could count on one hand the number of times I could use 4G between the hours of 08:00 & 18:00. 5G would flicker on every now & then & for about 30 seconds download speeds of almost 200 MB/S were possible!
    I’m surprised the standard masts couldn’t handle more traffic, being right next door to Edinburgh Airport & beside a very busy dual carriageway.

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