- Publication date
- Opening date
- Deadline model
- Deadline date
- 20 April 2022, 17:00 (CEST)
- Funding programme
- Programme Sector
- Connecting Europe Facility 2
- Digital technologyDigital transformationEUFundedProposals
The CEF funding will cover the deployment of 5G infrastructure elements required to implement innovative use-cases by public authorities and SGI/SGEI providers. Proposals funded under the call are expected to rely on performance characteristics of the 5G technology that are indispensable to implement one or more use cases allowing the concerned public authority or SGI/SGEI provider(s) to deliver new or more efficient services.
The deployment or upgrade of backhaul and access networks connecting the premises where the 5G-supported project will be deployed with public electronic communication networks is not the main focus of this call. In principle, a Gigabit access network connecting the project should either already exist or be planned in parallel to the project. However the proposal may include a limited investment to complete or upgrade such access (indicatively in the order of 10% of the total eligible costs). In addition, if necessary for the implementation of the use case, the project can include the interconnection to federated cloud and edge computing infrastructures9. In both cases, such investments must be necessary to support the implementation of the 5G project related to the activity of the pubic authority of the SGI/SGEI provider concerned by the proposal. In addition within this maximum 10% threshold, CEF funding cannot exceed the net cost incurred for the deployment of the backhaul/access network or cloud/edge computing infrastructure linked to the 5G use case in question.
Proposals will need to justify the availability of the necessary co-funding for the 5G connectivity deployment as well as the financing of any costs linked to the execution of the whole 5G use case project (e.g. end-user devices, sensors, connectivity subscriptions etc.) that are not covered under this call.
Projects will also need to demonstrate that the infrastructure will be operated in a forward-looking and future-proof way based on state-of-the art protocols and standards, such as IPv6.
The beneficiary will be the operator(s) that will deploy the 5G network and provide the connectivity service required by one or more public authorities or SGI/SGEI providers. The later will be the end-users of the connectivity supported by the project and (despite the fact that they are not in charge of deploying the network infrastructure) should jointly apply to this call with the above-mentioned operator(s), describing (as part of Application Form Part B) the 5G innovative use case(s) they plan to develop. The description of such use case must contain all the elements demonstrating its viability, notably a reference to the availability of services and equipment required on top of the connectivity.
The project must be located in an area where no 5G network able to provide the quality of service needed by the supported use case is commercially available. For this reason, the description of the 5G innovative use case mentioned in the previous paragraph must be accompanied by a statement declaring that, after verification with each of the mobile network operators active in the area, the required 5G connectivity is not commercially available at the end-user location.
Furthermore, each proposal should be supported by local and/or regional authorities in the area where the deployment is foreseen to take place. This support may take the form of administrative letters, letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, or similar support documents and include an indication that no plans for other type of public support for the roll out of a 5G network is known to the abovementioned authorities.
Please consult the Call document for more information on the scope, including digital security requirements.