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Rising energy bills to delay 5G rollout in Europe, Vodafone exec says

FILE PHOTO: A man checks his mobile phone next to a Vodafone logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

MILAN (Reuters) - Skyrocketing energy bills will likely force European telecoms operators to delay plans for 5G rollout, the head of Vodafone Italian operations said on Friday. "To pay energy bills, I don't see other solutions but to postpone investments," Aldo Bisio said during an industry event.

Europe lags behind the United States and Asia in fifth-generation mobile network rollout.

Bisio warned that higher energy costs leading to a delay in investments would further widen the gap.

(Reporting by Elvira Pollina, editing by Gianluca Semeraro, Valentina Za)