The WiFi4EU initiative aims to provide free public Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors networks in 6,000 to 8,000 communities by 2020 across the EU. An indicative of €120 million coming mainly from the Connecting Europe Facility – CEF Telecom - has been earmarked for this initiative. It is open to public sector bodies from all EU Member States and participating EEA countries (Norway and Iceland). The selected municipalities will get a voucher of €15,000 to be used to install a functioning Wi-Fi hotspot within 1.5 years after being awarded the voucher.
Below you will find an indicative roadmap up to the beginning of 2019 and a short description of the major next steps of the WiFi4EU initiative, such as Portal opening, call launch, announcement of results, distribution of vouchers, and planning of next calls.
More information on the Digital Single Market website.
The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission has cancelled the call for applications (WIFI4EU-2017-1), launched by the European Commission on 15 May (OJEU of 15.05.2018, C168, page 1), because of a technical issue outside its responsibility. Some municipalities could apply in good faith before the call was opened, while others were prevented from doing so once the call had opened. Therefore, this technical issue, found in the software developed externally for the call, prevented all municipalities from applying on an equal basis.
A new call for applications will be launched in the autumn of 2018 (exact date to be announced).
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See Digital Single Market website