You may remember how EE signed a 6 year deal to push the latest tech into the Wembley stadium. EE will be bathing the stadium in enhanced 4G, fast WiFi and NFC mobile payments.
Of late though, they’ve gone a bit nuts with their speed trials. Using CAT 9 technology they’ve achieved 4G speeds of 400Mbps.
Following in our speed testing footsteps (remember how we got around 100Mbps in London on CAT 6 LTE Advanced), EE have pushed the network further by combining three LTE carriers – 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum, 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum and 15GHz of 2.6GHz spectrum.
They’ve done this just to show what the technology can do. Football fans will actually be getting 4G+ instead, which is to be switched on in just a matter of days. This is still pretty potent though, and will double mobile data capacity for fans. Real-world speeds for this will run at 150Mbps, with a theoretical maximum of 300Mbps.
EE are also adding UHD TV screen and some Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones to generate a visual spectacular at the stadium.
Further details below..
EE SHOWCASES EUROPE’S FASTEST LIVE MOBILE SPEEDS AS WEMBLEY STADIUM GETS READY FOR 4G+
· Wembley Stadium connected by EE showcases Europe’s fastest 4G with 400Mbps trials
· New network technology powers stunning audio-visual experience of a Wembley Stadium gig and achieves record breaking mobile speeds
· 4G+ set to be switched on at Wembley Stadium in March 2015, doubling mobile data capacity for fans, as part of EE’s technical program to make Wembley the world’s most connected stadium
27th February, 2015 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, has this week kicked off new 4G network trials capable of delivering mobile speeds over 400Mbps at Wembley Stadium.
Working closely with Qualcomm and Huawei, and ahead of Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress event, EE’s live demonstration at Wembley showcases the future of EE’s mobile network, using more spectrum to provide more speed and more capacity – essential to giving a great mobile experience for large crowds. As part of the demo, and in a UK first, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 ‘CAT 9’ processor technology uniquely combines three different EE spectrum bands to achieve 400Mbps speeds to a single device.
To illustrate the future capabilities of the EE mobile network, EE has created a bespoke audio-visual installation at the stadium, featuring multiple 4K and HD screens and high quality audio streaming to create an interactive Wembley gig experience. The demonstration highlights why speed and capacity are so important to a great mobile experience, for consumers and businesses alike.
Fotis Karonis, CTO at EE, said:
“We have established ourselves as the most advanced and innovative network in Europe, and we will continue to stay ahead of the curve, in terms of both speed and capacity. Smarter devices with more data intensive video and audio demands are launching all the time, and it’s trials like these at Wembley Stadium that allow us to ensure EE customers continue to get the very best experiences from their mobile network now and in the future. This is a showcase of what a truly amazing 4G network can do, and is a big step in our ambition to make Wembley Stadium the most connected stadium in the world.”
4G+ launching in Wembley Stadium
From late March, EE will switch on 4G+ at Wembley Stadium. Like the 400Mbps trials, 4G+ uses ‘carrier aggregation’ network technology, however just two bands of EE’s spectrum are combined (20MHz in each of the 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands) to achieve real world peak speeds of up to 150Mbps.
This means fans in their seats will be able to benefit from double the amount of mobile data capacity as well as the UK’s highest mobile speeds, letting them stream goal replays, check sports apps, upload selfies and share the action on social media.
4G+ was launched in central London in October 2014, delivering the UK’s fastest mobile speeds. As EE continues to demonstrate how capacity is setting its network apart from other operators across Europe, the 4G+rollout in Wembley Stadium will allow more fans to connect, share and stream simultaneously.
The Wembley 4G+ rollout, starting with covering the seated stadium ‘bowl’, follows EE’s commitment to invest £1.5bn in its network over the next three years, with a particular focus on rural parts of the UK. In order to support the inevitable growth of more sophisticated mobile devices, wearable technology and 4K streaming, EE’s double speed 4G will reach 90% of the population by 2017, with high capacity 4G+ enabled in 20 of the busiest UK cities by 2017.