2018 CEF Telecom call - The promotion of internet connectivity in local communities: WiFi4E WiFi4EU-2017-1 Closed!


The WiFi4EU initiative is a support scheme to provide high-quality Internet access to local residents and visitors in the centres of local public life.

Such local wireless connectivity that is free of charge and without discriminatory conditions is expected to contribute to bridging the digital divide, especially in communities that lag behind in terms of digital literacy, including in rural areas and remote locations.

It should further improve access to online services that increase quality of life in local communities by facilitating access to services, for example e-Health and e-Government, allow the creation of new digital inclusion offers, e.g. computer and internet use courses, and promote the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises innovating in digital products and services.


The WiFi4EU initiative aims at providing support for actions which:

  1. are implemented by municipalities who must plan and supervise the installation of indoor or outdoor local wireless access points in public spaces, and who must commit to:
    • keeping the WiFi installation active for a period of three years starting from the date of the confirmatory notification by the Agency described in Article 4.2 of the model grant agreement;
    • migrating the registration and authentication system from the local captive portal to a single EU-level platform when the latter becomes available
  2. build on high-speed broadband connectivity enabling delivery of a high-quality internet experience to users that:
    • is free of charge and without discriminatory conditions, easy to access, and uses the latest and best equipment available, capable of delivering high-speed connectivity to its users;
    • supports access to innovative digital services, such as those offered via digital service infrastructures;
    • for the purpose of accessibility, provides access to services at least in the relevant languages of the Member State concerned and, to the extent possible, in other EU official languages;
    • is provided in centres of local public life, including outdoor spaces accessible to the general public in the public life of local communities.
  3. use the common visual identity to be provided by the Commission;
  4. commit to procure (or equivalent procedure) the necessary equipment and related installation services, where required in accordance with applicable law and to install the Wi-Fi access points in the areas where no similar offers of free Wi-Fi connectivity already exist.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 17,75 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 June 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Energy and Transport

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