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CEF 2 Digital – 5G Smart Communities – Works – 2022

The 2nd generation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF-2 programme) “Digital” strand (2021-2027) aims to support and catalyse investments in digital connectivity infrastructures of common interest.

25 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


To support the early deployment of 5G-based systems that enable use cases for certain socio-economic drivers (SEDs)


Priority 1 – Deploy 5G infrastructures capable of delivering leading-edge connectivity with characteristics (such as Gigabit performance, high-user-density, ubiquitous coverage, capacity to connect IoT devices, low latency and reliability) that are capable of supporting innovative ways of improving the provision of public services and SGIs or SGEIs

Priority 2 – Where necessary, bundle the deployed 5G networks with a cloud-to-edge middleware stack capable of supporting the data-intensive use cases and applications required by the involved SEDs

Among financed actions

  • IoT infrastructure and community services that require a flexible, low-latency, reliable, high-user-density connectivity infrastructure, e.g. through a combination of fibre and wireless connectivity (5G, small cells, and Wi-Fi) that is IPv6 enabled
  • 5G-based use cases that leverage new 5G characteristics, e.g.: higher bandwidth and ubiquitous coverage (eMBB), ultra-low latency (uRLLC), massive machine-type (mMTC)
  • Process and data innovations that require connectivity infrastructures with advanced service features, e.g. quality of service guarantees enabled by edge computing facilities and support by network slicing
  • Projects that rely, where relevant, on open, disaggregated and interoperable technology solutions (such as OpenRAN for example) and contribute to the emergence of a European ecosystem of 5G suppliers

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 36 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Proposals must be submitted by minimum 2 applicants (beneficiaries, not affiliated entities) including at least a mobile network operator (MNO) and a public authority or a provider of SGIs or SGEIs.
  • Amount of the grant: between 300,000 and 4 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 30% of the total eligible costs
  • If your project concerns connecting socio-economic drivers: up to 75% of the total eligible costs

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