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14 March 2024
Connect University on 5G deployment: Smart Communities and Corridors

This session is the second of a series on CEF Digital. It follows that of the 19th February, which gave a general overview on the programme and on earlier calls for proposals (calls 1-3).


This time, the session will focus on accelerating 5G deployment and will be structured around two main parts:

  • 5G for Smart Communities
  • 5G cross-border corridors

This will be the occasion to discuss the critical role of 5G and how it can enable innovation in the framework of EU's digital transformation.

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19 FEBRUARY 2024
CONNECT University - General Introduction to CEF Digital

DG CONNECT - CONNECT University is organising an online session that will provide a general presentation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital, a €2b funding programme, which aims to support and catalyse both public and private investments in digital connectivity infrastructures.

The session will present the two first call results, with a focus on the projects selected under the following actions:

• Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways
• 5G cross-border corridors
• 5G for Smart Communities

Before leaving the floor to the audience for questions, the session will close with a short description of CEF Digital Call 3, and the future of the programme.

This session will be the first of three dedicated session to CEF Digital.

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30-31 JANUARY 2024
The European 5G Conference

Join the European 5G Conference in Brussels next week to learn more about how the CEF Digital projects are contributing to 5G infrastructure in the EU. 

Representatives from the European Commission DG CONNECT and HaDEA will be present to present the 5G and Edge Cloud for Smart Communities good practices and success stories from Calls 1 and 2. 

Franco Accordino, Head of Unit, Investment in High Capacity Networks, DG Connect, European Commission will be one of the speakers of Session 4: "The 5G Funding Conundrum"
– an important discussion on securing €174 billion by 2030 for Digital Decade connectivity targets. Together with the other panellists he will explore the intricacies of the 5G roll-out, addressing the 'fair share' debate and discussing strategies to attract private investment. 

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29 January 2024
5G for Smart Communities: second wave of projects co-funded under CEF Digital

Ten projects have been selected under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF Digital) programme, to spearhead the implementation of 5G connectivity, enabling cutting-edge and innovative applications

The outcome of the second call for proposals within the framework of the CEF Digital programme has now been officially unveiled, after the conclusion of the Grant Agreements by the executive agency HaDEA.

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26 OCTOBER 2023
CEF Digital Info Day - Call for proposals 3

The CEF Digital Info Day will take place online on 26 October 2023.

No registration needed, just follow the live streaming.

Speakers from the European Commission’s Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) and the Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) will present in detail the call topics, the evaluation steps, and the grant award process. Interested stakeholders will also learn more on how to apply and how to draft successful proposals.

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16 October 2023
Over €240 million to further support digital connectivity infrastructures

The Commission has opened a third set of calls for proposals worth over €240 million under the digital strand of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to strengthen the deployment of ultra-fast, secure and sustainable digital infrastructures.

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17 May 2023
5G for Smart Communities Capacity Building Sessions

The 5G for Smart Communities (5GSC) Platform, together with the European Commission, are organising a series of 5GSC Capacity Building Sessions. These sessions aim to foster the exchange of best practices and examples within the 5G community, while empowering potential applicants in the project planning and application writing processes for the upcoming 3rd call of CEF Digital 5G for Smart Communities.

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22 December 2022
First wave of projects selected for co-funding 5G connectivity infrastructures

Following the first Connecting Europe Facility – Digital (CEF Digital) call for proposals at the beginning of 2022, the Commission has selected seven projects that will deploy 5G connectivity and enable innovative use cases for public services and services of general interest.

26 OCTOBER 2023
CEF Digital Info Day - Call for proposals 3

The CEF Digital Info Day will take place online on 26 October 2023.

No registration needed, just follow the live streaming.

Speakers from the European Commission’s Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) and the Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) will present in detail the call topics, the evaluation steps, and the grant award process. Interested stakeholders will also learn more on how to apply and how to draft successful proposals.

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16 October 2023
Over €240 million to further support digital connectivity infrastructures

The Commission has opened a third set of calls for proposals worth over €240 million under the digital strand of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to strengthen the deployment of ultra-fast, secure and sustainable digital infrastructures.

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17 May 2023
5G for Smart Communities Capacity Building Sessions

The 5G for Smart Communities (5GSC) Platform, together with the European Commission, are organising a series of 5GSC Capacity Building Sessions. These sessions aim to foster the exchange of best practices and examples within the 5G community, while empowering potential applicants in the project planning and application writing processes for the upcoming 3rd call of CEF Digital 5G for Smart Communities.

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22 December 2022
First wave of projects selected for co-funding 5G connectivity infrastructures

Following the first Connecting Europe Facility – Digital (CEF Digital) call for proposals at the beginning of 2022, the Commission has selected seven projects that will deploy 5G connectivity and enable innovative use cases for public services and services of general interest.

Organised by
Participants
Belgium 188
France 91
Germany 73
Spain 73
Italy 65
Ireland 54
Finland 50
Greece 44
Netherlands 33
Portugal 32
Poland 23
Croatia 20
Bulgaria 18
Latvia 18
Hungary 18
Estonia 17
Austria 16
Slovenia 16
Luxembourg 16
United Kingdom 15
Sweden 13
Romania 13
Slovakia 11
Lithuania 10
Czech Republic 10
Denmark 9
Cyprus 7
Albania 7
United States 6
Türkiye 5
Israel 4
Ukraine 3
Malta 2
Montenegro 2
Moldova, Republic Of 2
Madagascar 1
Norway 1
Heard Island And Mcdonald Islands 1
Georgia 1
Nigeria 1
Bolivia 1
Total 990
Participants
Telecommunication / Technology company 348
Government 113
Education / R&D / Academia 95
Other 87
Municipality/Smart City 51
EU institution / agency 51
Funding advisory (Private Company) 41
Broadband Competence Office 39
Telecommunication / Technology - Association / Representative organisation 27
European Region 26
Association of European Municipalities 17
EU project / network 13
Economic Development Agency 13
Education - Association / Representative organisation 7
Association of National Municipalities 7
Mobility Solution Provider 6
Institution / Hospital 6
Education Solution Provider 5
Health - Association / Representative organisation 5
Mobility Company 4
Mobility - Association / Representative organisation 4
Rural development / agriculture - Association / Representative organisation 4
Public protection and disaster relief - Association / Representative organisation 3
Healthcare solution provider 1
Agriculture Solution Provider 1
Total 974