Public Funding of 5G Deployment

Structural and investment Funds (ESIF): 6 billion EUR for digital networks

  • European Regional Fund (EFRD)
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Telecom Strand

  • Broadband Fund (CEBF):

expected leverage of 1-1.7 billion EUR for broadband deployment in underserved areas

Investments between 1 million and 30 million EUR for projects representing total costs of up to 150 million EUR

Operational launch in 2018

  • WiFi4EU Initiative
  • 120 million EUR for equipment

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

  • Initiative launched to help overcome the current investment gap in the EU by mobilising private financing for strategic investments
  • Up to now over 2.2 billion for NGA projects

And also the ESA Satellite 5G initiative (S45G)

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Space Industry joined forces in the field of Satellite for 5G. They are aiming at developing and demonstrating the added value that Satellite brings in the context of 5G. They indicate that satellite will bring added value in facilitating Pan-European and global coverage, resilience, mobility and security for the provision of 5G services and as enabler of innovative infrastructure and services. For that purpose, priority will be given to Verticals in which satellites can have a prominent role, such as transport, media and entertainment, public safety, without precluding additional relevant Verticals and use cases.

The ESA Satellite 5G initiative supports development activities falling within the following two activity types:

  1. Activity Type 1: Technology and Product Development & Validation Trials These activities relate to the development of 5G integrated satellite terrestrial system and/or its components.
  2. Activity Type 2: Applications development & Vertical Pilots These activities relate to the development and/or demonstration of applications and services based on 5G networks and space based systems, where potential users are involved in the pilots.

Information on funding mechanisms and proposals can be found here.

 

Latest News in Europe

HT launches 5G in Croatia

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) switched on Croatia’s first commercial 5G network

Completion of the Czech 5G auction in the 700 MHz and 3.4-3.6 GHz spectrum bands

The regulator stated five groups won spectrum, paying a total of 5.6 billion crowns (211 million EUR)

Telenor launches Sweden’s fourth 5G network

2.3GHz and 3.5GHz auction will begin on November 10

Vivacom launches first 5G network in Bulgaria

5G coverage is available in the central urban areas of all 27 biggest cities in the country

Telefonica 5G launch in Germany

Telefonica became Germany’s third mobile network operator to introduce 5G services

5G launches in Czech Republic

Vodafone Czech Republic announced in early October 2020 the launch of its NSA 5G network

Three Ireland 5G launch

Three joins Vodafone and Eir in offering 5G services to customers

3.4-3.8 GHz auction completed in France

Bids reached a total of 2.8 billion EUR

Multi-band 700/1500/2100 MHz auction completed in Austria

The second 5G auction in Austria was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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