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European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)
Call for proposalsClosed

Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways - Works


Publication date
12 January 2022 in!6bcDhg
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
20 April 2022, 17:00 (CEST)
Programme Sector
Connecting Europe Facility 2
Digital technologyDigital transformationEUFundedProposals


This topic will support the deployment of backbone connectivity for routes within Member States, between Member States, and between the EU and third countries, including to remote territories:

(1) where there is a lack of redundancy on a route. This is typically the case of routes which are not served by at least two present or credibly planned backbone infrastructures; or

(2) where existing or credibly planned backbone infrastructure cannot satisfy the demand, taking into account if necessary any increase in the demand linked to ongoing or credibly planned investments in the upgrade of access networks in the territories concerned. The level of use of existing capacity as well as the expected life of backbone networks are among the elements that can be taken into account to justify such a market failure; or

(3) where despite the presence of a backbone infrastructure providing sufficient capacity and guaranteeing the necessary redundancy, in the absence of credible plans from alternative operators to enter the market, the users in the served territories suffer (or could suffer in the absence of adequate regulatory remedies) from suboptimal services or prices compared to those offered in more competitive but otherwise comparable areas or routes. This could be the case for instance if the backbone infrastructure or a substantial part of it is in the hands of an operator which according to a competent national regulatory authority has market power in the form of a significant market position in the relevant market.