Rather than increasing the number of towers EE increased the number of sectors on each site. So instead of a single, omnidirectional site, the site was divided into as many as 12 sectors, so that each sector of the coverage area could get the full spectral capacity.
Said Adis Omeragic: “That effectively gave us up to 12 times the usage from the same spectrum and the same tower. With beam forming, we could be increasingly targeted with where we pointed our coverage. It’s vastly more complicated as a design, but it’s the only way that lets us stay ahead of the demand. It also allows us to be more specific in where we increase capacity.”
The 54 terabytes of data used across the 900 acre site is equivalent to 560 million Instagram selfies, 5.6 million minutes (or 10.6 years) of Facebook Live video streaming, 13.5 million downloads of Pyramid stage headliner Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ and almost 850,000 downloads of his latest studio album, ‘Divide’.
“The biggest capacity challenge is the crowd in front of the Pyramid stage and it’s at its biggest for the headliners,” confirmed Adis Omeragic. “The Rolling Stones is the biggest Pyramid crowd we’ve had to cater for, but every headline act every year is massive - around 80-100,000 people. We build the network to cope with that peak."