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CEF D – 5G for Smart Communities – Works – 2022

CEF D - 5G for Smart Communities - Works aiming at supporting the early deployment of 5G-based systems that enable use cases for certain socio-economic drivers (SEDs)

50 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Technology & Digital
Beneficiaries EU & International Organisation Large company (> 250 employees) Professional organisation & network Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees)
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)
  • To support 5G best practices beacons in different sectors that can serve as templates for possible replication with other resources, national or EU, or under other programmes
  • To demonstrate the potential capabilities and benefits of 5G networks and therefore stimulate the wider and faster deployment and take up of 5G across Europe


  • Priority 1: to deploy 5G infrastructures capable of delivering leading-edge connectivity
  • Priority 2: to 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

  • Support of the network infrastructure elements of the project, both active (5G radio equipment) and passive (when the installation and connection of additional base stations is necessary)
  • Installation of connectivity elements of mobile or fixed devices, such as antenna equipment, transceivers and connected sensors
  • Licenses and software for 5G connectivity

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)
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries
  • Be an international organisation
  • Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate
  • A consortium composed of at least 2 entities, one which deploys and operates mobile networks and a public authority or a provider of SGIs or SGEIs, must be constituted
  • Total budget of the topic: 50 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 300 000 euro and 5 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 75% of the total eligible costs

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