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WiFi4EU

The European Commission wishes to promote free WiFi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces including parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums, everywhere in Europe through the WiFi4EU scheme.

Who will benefit?

Everyone. The WiFi4EU scheme will be disbursed in a geographically balanced manner, so that high-speed connections can benefit both residents and visitors of thousands of local communities across the EU. It is predicted that at least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities will have free WiFi installed by 2020.

Who can apply?

The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to public sector bodies – typically local municipalities, libraries, health centres, etc. Local authorities will be encouraged to develop and promote their own digital services in areas such as e-government, e-health and e-tourism through a dedicated app.

Budget and Funding

The budget for the WiFi4EU scheme is set at 120 million Euros. This will support the installation of state-of-the-art WiFi equipment (network infrastructure), while the beneficiary will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance.

How to apply for WiFi4EU?

The WiFi4EU scheme will be delivered through simple and non-bureaucratic procedures including online applications, payments by vouchers (each worth 15,000 Euros) and light-touch monitoring requirements. The projects will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The first call for projects is expected to be launched early 2018.

Register here: www.WiFi4EU.eu

How will it work?

All selected municipalities will receive a WiFi4EU voucher, worth 15,000 Euros. This will cover installation costs of the WiFi equipment in their chosen centres.

  • Municipalities will pay for the internet access and the maintenance of the network during the first three years
  • Installation should not duplicate existing free private or public networks in the same public space
  • WiFi4EU-funded networks must be free of charge for all users
  • Municipalities are free to select the installation company of their choice

2016

September 14th 2016

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commision, proposed to equip every European village and every city with free wireless Internet access by 2020

2018

March 20th 2018

The WiFi4EU web portal was launched – municipalities all over Europe are invited to register their details, for the chance to benefit from EU financing

May 15th 2018

The first call will be launched – registered municipalities can apply for a first round of 1,000 vouchers on a first-come-first-serve basis

Summer 2018

The commission will announce 1,000 municipalities receiving vouchers through the first call

2018 – 2020

In the coming two years, four more WiFi4EU calls will be launched

2019

*Spring 2019

UK municipalities must apply before Brexit

In order to get the maximum level of value from this project, it may be helpful to think about the other business units within the trust that might benefit. Below we have outlined who the most likely beneficiaries are.

Business Unit What responsibilities does this business unit have? How will patient WiFi help this business unit?
Marketing
  • Developing and implementing the marketing strategy for the city or public space
  • Drive higher footfall and increase awareness through marketing campaigns and activity
  • Use the latest technology and tools available to boost marketing output
  • Identify actual visitor segment for targeted messaging
  • Drive targeted messaging and engagement through social channels identified that are popular with visitors
  • Ability to gain feedback in real-time of product, service and experience for improvement
Operations
  • Oversees day-to-day activities of the city or public space
  • Ensures city of public space is running as efficiently as they can
  • Involved in every department to some capacity
  • Added visibility of visitor and footfall
  • Improved forecasting with accurate visitor data and demographics
IT
  • Offering secure, efficient, continuous, seamless technology to support employees in the pursuit of business goals
  • Aligning technology with business goals
  • Remaining at the cusp of new technology to be agile and competitive in today’s market
  • There is ease of integration with third party platforms, such as email marketing platforms
  • Simple implementation by working with a vendor that easily overlays onto your existing WiFi network
Finance
  • Minimizing disputes between internal customers and vendors
  • Maintaining legal compliance
  • Spending efficiently and keeping an eye on the bottom line to stay within budget
  • This person will have the ability to measure return and impact with the right vendor
  • Has a chance to gain credibility by saving/making money
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