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WiFi4EU

The WiFi4EU initiative promotes free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces throughout Europe

8 802
Beneficiaries (municipalities)
4
Calls for proposals
42 000
Applications received in 4 calls
€132 million
Allocated in vouchers of € 15 000 each
9 169
WiFi4EU Networks installed so far
30
Participating countries

The WiFi4EU initiative promotes free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces throughout Europe.

Funded by the CEF Telecom programme, the initiative was open to municipalities from all EU countries and participating EEA countries (Norway and Iceland). Using the services of local Wi-Fi installation companies, the selected municipalities are receiving vouchers worth €15 000 each to install Wi-Fi hotspots in the "centres of local public life".

Everyone benefiting from connectivity means that it should not matter where you live or how much you earn. We propose to equip every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life […].

Jean-Claude Juncker, former President of the European Commission

The WiFi4EU vouchers were distributed via four calls for applications in 2018-2020: 8 802 municipalities were selected – i.e. 10% of all municipalities in Europe - for an overall budget of €132 million. More than 90 000 WiFi4EU hotspots have been already installed in public spaces such as:

  • Cultural and Touristic sites
  • Health Centers/Hospitals
  • Stations and transport stops
  • Schools, Universities and Libraries
  • Parks and squares
  • Shopping malls, town & sport halls

The implementation phase is concluded and all the municipalities that have redeemed the voucher are under operational monitoring, keeping the WiFi4EU network up and running for three years.

More information

FAQ

Answers on all implementation stages.

WiFi4EU portal

Working space for municipalities and installation companies.

Map

Networks displayed.

Contact us

Get in touch with the EU via Europe Direct for any questions related to your WiFi4EU project.

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