How have the mobile networks fared at this year’s biggest live events?

As 2023’s busy summer events calendar continues, how are the major mobile networks coping with the increasing demand for connectivity? Adam Hughes tested the signal at Glastonbury Festival (and Eurovision) – was it Still Standing, or like a Candle in the Wind?

You may grumble at the sight of hundreds of phones held aloft during concerts, but more and more people are determined to drag any live concert, sporting fixture or art show into the online realm, as every major public event brings an enormous surge of network traffic. According to BT, in May, the Coronation of Charles III and Eurovision contributed to a 10% increase in nationwide mobile traffic.

Nowhere is this increase felt more than at venues themselves, where tens or even hundreds of thousands of mobile users are trying to locate fellow guests, access official apps or beam photos and videos to social media.

Cerillion plc (LON:CER) is a leading provider of billing, charging and customer management systems with more than 20 years’ experience delivering its solutions across a broad range of industries including the telecommunications, finance, utilities and transportation sectors.

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