I’m told that some people at Glastonbury found it easier to watch the event streaming video to their mobile phones even though they were at the gig itself.
If you were stood at the back apparently the picture on your mobile phone was bigger than the live view of the stage. I remember once going to a Bruce Springsteen gig in Roundhay Park in Leeds (some time ago now I should add). If I held up my little finger horizontally at arms length Bruce was about half the height of the fingernail.
I’d be surprised if there was much bandwidth available to stream to a mobile at Glastonbury though I suppose with the hundred and seventy seven thousand attendees I imagine the mobile networks would have stuck up another mast or two.
Anyway despite the fact that mobile data bandwidth capacity is some way behind fixed line it is one technology that I would place a big bet on for the future.
Interestingly it isn’t the actual bearer networks that have struggled during the current round of bandwidth hungry attractions such as the World Cup and Wimbledon. It is applications such as twitter that have not been able to cope. I tried to tweet a few times during the England Germany match with limited success on twitter. Other websites seemed to be unaffected.
This I’m sure is going to lead to a see saw effect – the likes of Twitter and Facebook will upgrade capacity leading to more and more mobile network bandwidth usage. Just like in the fixed broadband world really.
The measure for success will be thousands of people stood at the back at Glastonbury all happily watching the event on their smart-phone whilst still “being there”. I wonder if any reader has any direct experience of this over the weekend?
For those that weren’t there – lots of good photos on the BBC website.