The energy crisis that has affected the whole world in the last year will most likely delay the construction of the infrastructure for fifth generation (5G) networks in Europe, experts in the industry expect.
Skyrocketing electricity bills are likely to force European telecommunications operators to postpone or reschedule their plans to roll out 5G networks, according to the head of the Italian office of the operator Vodafone.
“To be able to pay our electricity bills, I don’t see any other solutions than to postpone investment,” Aldo Bizio said at an industry event.
Fifth generation telecom network technology is touted as being more energy efficient than the previous fourth generation. Building the infrastructure itself, however, requires investment, which is becoming increasingly difficult amid rising electricity prices.
Bizio warned that higher energy costs, leading to a slowdown in investment, would deepen the lag that European telecoms operators had until recently hoped to catch up, especially compared to their “peers” in Asia.