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The European Commission has launched a Preliminary Market Consultation with a view to preparing the procurement procedure for a single authentication and monitoring system for the WiFi4EU initiative. Market players should submit their response by 5 October 2018.

This Preliminary Market Consultation is part of a market research regarding the preparation of a procurement of a single authentication and monitoring system for the WiFi4EU initiative.

It will allow the Commission to assess the capability of the market to deliver the required service on the required scale and to identify potential market regulatory or technical constraints, to refine and further clarify the necessary requirements and technical specifications, and to estimate the contract value.

This preliminary market consultation is only a request for information about potential services and no contractual obligation on behalf of the Commission whatsoever shall arise from this process.

This preliminary market consultation does not commit the Commission to pay any cost incurred in the preparation or submission of any response to the request for information. 

A webinar was organised on 19 September 2018 by the Commission in order to address any questions potential respondents may have about this questionnaire. Check the recording here. (Please note that the discussion starts at minute 7 of the recording (00:07:00)).

Market players should submit their response by 5 October 2018 through EU-survey exclusively, in English only.

Please note that your responses will neither be published nor shared with other respondents.

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Legal Basis

The Regulation (EU) 2017/1953 of the European Parliament and the Council sets out the legal requirements for the WiFi4EU initiative and funded networks. Most relevant elements to the preliminary market consultation are set out in Recitals 3, 4 and 22 as well as Article 2(6).

This preliminary market consultation is made in accordance with Article 166(1) of the Financial Regulation and Article 15 of the Annex I of the Financial Regulation with a view to preparing the procurement procedure for a single authentication and monitoring system for the WiFi4EU initiative.

Background

Pursuant to the WiFi4EU Regulation, the European Commission envisages the development of a single authentication and monitoring system for the public funded networks. Such a system should be operational across the whole European Union and participating countries (Norway and Iceland) by the end of 2019, and provide appropriately secured connections which fulfil a number of functions and dimensions (technological, data protection, security, monitoring, provision of digital services) which are the subject of this questionnaire.

Under the WiFi4EU Regulation and related grant agreement, the beneficiary (municipality) will have the obligation to maintain the WiFi4EU-funded network fully functional for a period of 3 years after the confirmation of their deployment, and the Commission may carry out technical checks and/or audits to determine whether the beneficiary is complying with these provisions.

As described in the EU Survey, the architecture of the authentication system will follow a two-phase approach. For Phase II, the preference of the Commission is to minimize the possible personal data needed to be managed at central level (if any) and instead privilege the management of personal data at local level when needed.

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