European telcos 'ready' for 5G, but financial questions remain

Portugal Telecom warns of need to amortise 4G assets, Telefonica addresses density of IoT devices, and Tele2 predicts 5G will bring further consolidation in European telecoms industry

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European telecoms operators are pushing ahead with preparations for fifth-generation mobile services, with some even claiming ot be ready to go, but there are some thorny issues regarding the monetisation of 5G, and the generatons that went before it, to be tackled first. "We are ready for 5G," Alexandre Fonseca, chief technology officer at Portugal Telecom, declared at the opening session of Total Telecom's Connected Europe event in Lisbon on Wednesday…

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