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European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)
Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways
CEF co-funding rate
Works & Studies
Type of Call
€389 m
Budget 2021-2027
Awarded projects

CEF Digital supports the deployment of strategic backbone networks as part of the Digital Global Gateway Strategy of the EU, contributing to strengthen the quality and resilience of connectivity between EU countries, as well as third countries. This call is technology neutral and can support submarine cables, satellite infrastructures connectivity to internet exchange points, among others.

Projects funded under the Digital Global Gateways Call aim to deploy new and significant upgrades of connectivity routes, where:

  • The existing infrastructure cannot satisfy demand for affordable and adequate services in line with the EU connectivity objectives for 2030.
  • There is a lack of the necessary redundancy to guarantee reliable, resilient, adequate, and secure international connectivity.
  • The users in the served territories suffer from suboptimal services or prices compared to those offered in more competitive but otherwise comparable areas or routes.

These routes can be located within EU countries, between EU countries and between the EU and third countries, including Outermost Regions and other remote territories.

The expected benefits go beyond those directly related to supported projects and contribute to bridging the digital divide and ensuring widespread access to Gigabit networks for citizens and businesses.

How to participate

Beneficiaries can take the form of consortia, including (local) operators, utilities, (local) authorities, investors and vendors. The proposals under this topic are subject to strict exclusion of non-EU controlled entities.

Open calls are published on the Funding & Tenders Portal and more details are available in the Call text.

Awarded projects

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Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways


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