EE to provide free WiFi at this year’s Glastonbury Festival

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Operator installing its 4G network for the weekend to power hotspots in the form of life-size cows

EE will install WiFi hotspots at this year’s Glastonbury Festival for visitors to use for free. The event takes place at Worthy Farm near Somerset from June 26-30.

The 4G WiFi hotspots will take the form of festival-themed life-size fibre glass statues and will be placed at points around the site to allow revellers on any network to log-on using any device.

They will be powered by EE’s 4G network, which it said continues to bring superfast broadband to rural spots in the UK. Currently, the network covers 215 large towns and cities, and an additional 2,588 rural villages and small towns.

EE director of brand Spencer McHugh said: “Staying connected has become an essential part of any festival-goers experience. We wanted to have some fun this yaar while providing a much-needed service.”

Other technology innovations EE is providing at the festival include contactless payments, with over 100 card readers in 25 bars, as well as its ‘Cash on Tap’ service for its customers with compatible phones, allowing users to pay for items up to £20 with their mobile.

The operator has also created the official Glastonbury 2014 app, which shows the latest news, set times and live streams of the BBC’s coverage over the weekend. This is available to download for all smartphones on any network

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