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

Draft 5G auction conditions in Germany

The BundesNetzAgentur released 5G auction draft conditions awaiting final validation in November 26, 2018.

5G in the UK: EE expands 5G trials while 3 UK reveals a £2 billion investment plan

EE announced the opening of nine sites for 5G NR trials, and 3 UK announced an investment plan for the development and commercial launch of 5G services

700MHz auctions planned for 2019 in Spain and Belgium

The frequency band will be gradually released for 5G applications by March 2020 in Spain

Vodafone announced its 5G partners in Germany

Vodafone Germany partners up with Deutsche Bahn and automobile firms for the first 5G mast in the country.

ARCEP consultation: 5G and Innovation

ARCEP launched a public consultation on 5G spectrum allocation methods and conditions

ESA actions in the 5G field

How to get ESA funding for trials combining 5G with space applications in the context of 5Groningen?

Deutsche Telekom has taken another step towards commercial 5G launch

Deutsche Telekom announced a network partnership with Telefonica in October 2018 and an eight-point plan on 5G for Germany.

Italian 5G spectrum auction

The auction on 21 September raised 4.42 billion EUR, of which 2.2 billion EUR for mid-range frequencies

3.4-3.8 GHz auctions in Finland

The 130 MHz licences were awarded to the three different players

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