Vodafone UK has announced plans to switch on 1,000 5G sites by 2020, as the operator seeks to position itself as leading the country towards the next generation of mobile technology.

Austria's auction of spectrum for 5G services will begin in February next year, the country's regulator announced on Wednesday, with the sale structured in such a way as to allow regional broadband providers the chance to gain access to the mobile market.

Wind Tre has extended fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity to the city of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy thanks to its partnership with wholesale network Open Fiber.

Moldova's telecoms regulator has pushed back the deadline for companies to express interest in taking part in an upcoming multi-band spectrum auction at the request of one telco, it announced late last week.

Spain's Pepephone has extended the availability of its 200Mbps fibre broadband service via a wholesale agreement with Telefonica's Movistar, it announced late last week.

Bidding continues in Italy's 5G spectrum auction, but the closely-watched 700MHz band has already been allocated, with three operators together spending €2.04 billion to secure a share of those low-band frequencies.