Public Funding of 5G Deployment

Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF): 130 billion EUR

Above all, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown the importance of resilient and very high broadband communications. 5G and digital applications are welcome, from healthcare to remote education, media, telework, retail and transport as everything that could has become virtual. The Covid-19 showed how connectivity is crucial in our lives and how coverage is key, including in non-urban areas.

Remote healthcare is one of the major use cases for 5G. In that sense, the coronavirus is very timely. It requires real-time UHD/VR/AR videos enabled by 5G through low latency, very high speeds and very high capacity. Monitoring, surveillance, detection and prevention of Covid-19 can be successful using cellular networks and IoT. In the media field, 5G very high data rates and low latencies can allow 4K or 8K HD live streaming or even AR/VR in affected areas. In the education field, with the remote classes in many countries, 5G enables high quality videos and VR/AR immersive classes. China Mobile is heavily involved solutions for remote learning. 5G is helpful in collecting real-time information on vehicles, monitoring connected vehicles. It is also crucial when transporting strongly affected patients. In the retail field, we all experienced the covid-19 consequences of panic buying and of supply chain disruption. Increased 5G, IoT, and AI would be helpful to avoid shortage of food in some areas.

That is why the Commission and Member States have identified 5G as a key area for investment for the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). In July 2020, Member States agreed on a recovery package to mitigate the effect of the crisis. The package is called NextGenerationEU (NGEU). It comprises 750 billion EUR in loans and grants to the EU Members. The NGEU will invest 672.5 billion EUR to the RRF of which 360 billion EUR will be loans and 312.5 billion EUR will be grants. 20% of the total budget (130 billion EUR) should be devoted to digital. Horizon Europe will get an additional 5 billion EUR. RRF will complement Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Digital Europe Programme strategic and R&D investments. In addition, many countries identified 5G as a key lever for recovery after the pandemic. In France, 5G is part of the “Plan de Relance” as a strategic field for the country. In Germany, 5G is seen as a key tool to speed up mobile coverage and reduce white spots.

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

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

Commission announces roadmap for “Digital Decade”

In March this year the European Commission set targets for the digital transformation of the bloc by 2030 in their Digital Decade announcement. The new proposal, The Path to the Digital Decade,  explains how these targets can be met. The proposal is made up of several facets. Firstly, the Commission will work with the Member States to […]

T-Mobile Poland delivers 5G to a quarter of the population

T-Mobile Poland has announced that it now covers 25% of the country’s population with its 5G network. As part of a rapid 5G expansion project, the operator says it’s launching 120-140 new base stations every week. Since beginning the project in July, the operator claims it has launched a total of 1200 new 5G base […]

Telefonica and NEC announce open RAN trials in Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil

Telefonica and NEC have announced the launch of an Open-RAN live pilot in four global markets. The two companies will conduct pre-commercial trials in Telefonica’s four core global markets: Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil. The announcement follows successful trials conducted by Telefonica in Germany and the UK. NEC will serve as the prime system […]

Nokia restarts O-RAN Alliance work

Nokia has resumed its technical contribution to the O-RAN alliance after the group announced assurances its work complied with US regulation. In a blog post, mobile networks president Tommi Uitto reiterated Nokia’s commitment to the O-RAN alliance. The company had previously paused its work on the alliance, citing fear of US penalties for working with […]

Deutsche Telekom hopes to spur industrial innovation in new 5G Campus

Deutsche Telekom has announced that it is building a 5G campus network. The network will be located in the Future Factory Hub, which is currently being constructed in Werner-con-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science e.V in Berlin. In the 5G area of the project, Deutsche Telekom plans to research and test applications for autonomous production […]

Nokia wins 5G contracts in Eastern Europe

Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia has announced that it has extended its contract with A1 Telekom Austria Group to provide 5G services to Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia. The deal sees Nokia providing 5G radio access network (RAN) technology in all three Eastern European countries, which connect devices to the mobile network.

Swedish Telia teams up with innovative agriculture startup Ekobot

Swedish telecommunication’s company Telia has teamed up with Ekobot, a sustainable farming startup. The two companies completed a pilot in which Telia’s 5G network was deployed to control and monitor Ekobot’s smart robot on a Swedish farm. Ekobot’s autonomous robot uses cameras and AI to identify and remove weeds, allowing farmers to automate work and […]

Nokia launches new 5G network security programme

Nokia today announced a new professional level course on 5G network security. The Nokia Bell Labs 5G Secured Networks course is part of Nokia’s program to train and certify industry professionals on 5G technology. Nokia head of people services Sergio Fasce said, “With security breaches dominating news headlines at an alarming rate, the Nokia Bell Labs 5G […]

Croatia completes 5G spectrum auction

Croatia’s has completed its 5G spectrum auction, raising a total of HRK 359 million (€47.9 million). The countries three national operators, Telemach Hrvatska, Hrvatski Telecom and A1 Hrvatska acquired national licenses across three bands. Each of the three national operators won a 2 x 10 MHz block in the 700 MHz band, paying a total […]

all news in Europe
Subscribe to our mailing list