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In 2019, the WiFi4EU initiative has had a concrete impact on municipalities across Europe by promoting free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces. As we wrap up the year, we would like to share with you the WiFi4EU highlights of 2019.

2019 Highlights

  1. During 2019, there were two WiFi4EU calls for applications in April and September 2019. More than 10,000 municipalities applied for a WiFi4EU voucher in each call and 5,180 municipalities from across the 30 participating countries received a voucher;
  2. WiFi4EU payments started rolling out and the first municipality to complete and receive a payment was Wiesfleck from Austria;
  3. WiFi4EU Stories featured 18 winning municipalities in different phases of implementation, from 14 participating countries;
  4. Initiated by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, more than 80 municipalities across Europe received a symbolic WiFi4EU voucher;
  5. More than 70% of the eligible entities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovenia have received WiFi4EU vouchers;
  6. More than 26,000 eligible entities from the 30 participating countries are currently registered to the WiFi4EU Portal;
  7. More than 1,200 new members have joined the WiFi4EU Community on Futurium, where municipalities and companies give feedback on the initiative and share best practices;
  8. During 2019, six dedicated webinars were hosted for BCOs and Wi-Fi installation companies in order to facilitate and answer questions regarding implementation;
  9. “A Europe fit for the digital age” was listed as one of the priority policy areas of the new European Commission, which WiFi4EU aims to achieve.

This year proved to be a successful one for the initiative and the participating municipalities, we are now looking ahead to what the new year has in store. In spring of 2020, WiFi4EU Call 4 will give the chance to municipalities from all participating countries to apply and benefit from the initiative.

On behalf of the WiFi4EU team, we would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

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