EE and Wembley keep gig goers connected with 5G-first
- EE adds 5G coverage to Wembley pitch to support busy summer season of gigs at England’s national stadium
- Wembley becomes the first stadium in the UK to have a bespoke 5G solution dedicated just to the pitch – the latest connectivity ‘first’ in its partnership with EE
- EE’s 5G network offers the gold standard for large crowds, delivering a more reliable network and faster speeds
- June’s Capital FM’s Summertime Ball the largest ‘mobile data event’ seen on EE’s Wembley network
5th July 2022, London: EE has upgraded their 5G network at Wembley to cover the famous pitch, supporting a busy summer season of music gigs. EE’s 5G network already covers spectator stands at the national stadium and the new system extends coverage to the pitch, which is hosting over 1 million gig goers over the summer months.
The system is a 5G first for pitch coverage, delivering greater reliability and lightning-fast 5G download speeds for large crowds in standing areas. EE customers are the first to access the improved coverage as the stadium hosts a series of gigs from artists including Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Westlife and Coldplay. June’s Capital FM Summertime Ball, which kicked off Wembley’s summer gigs, showed the huge volumes of data consumed by customers. EE users downloaded over 3,500 gigabytes and uploaded over 3,000 gigabytes of data, creating the single biggest ‘mobile data event’ on the Wembley network.
Dave Salam, Director of Mobile at EE, said: “We’re proud of our long-standing partnership with Wembley Stadium and continue to deliver technology firsts on our quest to keep Wembley the UK’s most connected stadium. Delivering the new 4G and 5G system has taken months of testing but we’re delighted to see the results, giving EE customers in large crowds a greater experience than ever before.”
Liam Boylan, Stadium Director, Wembley Stadium, said: “The use of Wembley Stadium’s pitch makes for a unique venue and we want visitors to have the best possible experience when they’re here. EE’s new system, which is capable of supporting multiple networks, offers the kind of reliability we need and we’re delighted to see this next step in our technology partnership.”
Last year, EE set out an ambition to deliver 5G connectivity solutions anywhere in the UK by 2028, through a combination of permanent coverage and on demand solutions. As part of that plan, EE pledged to improve signal at major locations across the UK, to ensure customers have the capacity they need to cope with growing data demands on the network. The new system delivers 5G on 3.5GHz spectrum over 12 antennas around the stadium. It will also support multiple operators, with other networks expected to join after the system completes testing.
Notes to editors
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EE has received extensive independent recognition, including being named the UK's best network every year since 2015 for all the following awards: The Mobile Choice Awards, The Mobile News Awards, The Mobile Industry Awards and by RootMetrics®.
As well as delivering mobile services to consumers, small and medium businesses, corporate customers and Government programmes, EE also provides home and business broadband using both 4G and fixed line connections.
EE is committed to being number one for service in the industry. Its retail presence exceeds more than 600 shops across the UK. EE remains the only mobile provider to answer 100% of customer calls in the UK and Ireland and was recognised as the UK’s Best Large Contact Centre by the UK Customer Experience Awards 2018 and Welsh Contact Centre Awards 2019. EE was awarded The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work for in 2018 and 2019, as well as being named Best Employer 2018 by the European Contact Centre & Customer Service awards.
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