With a call budget of EUR 51 million, the Commission will distribute 3,400 vouchers across European municipalities to set up a free Wi-Fi network in public spaces.
Response from municipalities to the second WiFi4EU call has been fantastic. Close to 4,000 municipalities applied within the first 10 seconds of the opening of the call on 4 April. By the closure of the application period on 5 April, the Commission had received over 10,000 applications from all participating countries out of the 23,000 registered municipalities. The number of applications is almost three times the amount of vouchers available.
The first WiFi4EU call, which took place in November 2018, was hugely successful and granted 2,800 vouchers to municipalities from all across Europe.
The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is €120 million between 2018 and 2020. The WiFi4EU voucher provides a fixed amount of funding of €15,000 per municipality aimed to support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life, such as town halls, public libraries, museums, public parks or squares to provide free Wi-Fi access to internet to their citizens and visitors.
Following the closure of the call for applications, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), the Commission's executive agency in charge of implementing the WiFi4EU programme, is making the necessary checks of the admissibility and eligibility of the municipalities. View the timeline of the next steps for call two.
The beneficiaries will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, while ensuring geographical balance. Every participating country is guaranteed a minimum of 15 vouchers and can potentially win a maximum of 510 vouchers.
If you missed the call for applications or your municipality does not win the voucher from this call, you will have more chances to apply for WiFi4EU in 2019 and 2020. In the meantime, all registered municipalities and Wi-Fi installation companies can join our dedicated WiFi4EU Community to give feedback on the initiative, engage with municipalities from all over Europe and be updated on the WiFi4EU programme.