Virgin Media to install 50Mb broadband at V Festival

In association with Ovi by Nokia, Virgin Media is installing 50Mb broadband in both the V Festival sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston park, Staffordshire, 21 - 22 August.

The provider is to feed a full internet service to The Mansion, an area dedicated to giving festival-goers access to laptops, free Wi-Fi, gaming and 3DTV services. It will also have power points for phone charging, and live performances from guest DJs through the entire weekend.

Additionally, visitors to The Mansion will be able to try out Nokia's new N8 handset before it goes on general release, including its HD TV connectivity through HDMI, and can chill out by a dedicated bar area or watch the video wall.

“The Mansion is an exciting new addition to this year’s Virgin Media V Festival and brings ‘a home away from home’ familiarity to both sites", said Ashley Stockwell, executive director of brand and marketing at the company. "We are confident this will be the place to hang out, whether it’s to just chill, stay in touch with friends and family, check out the latest entertainment technology or simply to dance your wellies off!”

It's an important step for Virgin Media, as in previous years it's been hard to Tweet, update Facebook or, even, send emails from either site - after all, they are in the middle of fields in the middle of nowhere. At least now, this will give people a chance to communicate with the outside world.

Speaking of which, Pocket-lint will be at the V Festival this year, and we'll bring you an inside view of The Mansion and any other relevant tech stories from the Chelmsford site.

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