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Objective of the 5G for Smart Communities initiative is to accelerate 5G coverage across Europe, with a focus on underserved rural and low-connectivity regions.

Ten projects have been selected under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF Digital) programme, to spearhead the implementation of 5G connectivity, enabling cutting-edge and innovative applications.

With a budget of more than €50m, the 5G for Smart Communities call for proposals was designed to pilot the deployment of 5G standalone systems, contributing to the European Union’s Digital Decade targets.

5G for Smart Communities projects

Together with the seven projects previously co-financed under the inaugural CEF Digital call for proposals, a starting base of 17 CEF Digital 5G for Smart Communities projects will soon be running throughout Europe.

The primary objective of the 5G for Smart Communities initiative is to accelerate 5G coverage across Europe, with a specific focus on underserved rural and low-connectivity regions. At the same time, it also aims to showcase the distinct advantages of 5G in improving services that are essential to the wellbeing of local communities, strengthening innovation and competitiveness.

The 10 projects are as follows:

  1. 5Genius - A Next-Generation Network for the University College of Ghent (Belgium)

    The project aims to install a 5G network and service provisioning programme at the University College of Ghent. It is designed to address the growing need for high-speed connectivity on campus and provide cutting-edge network services.

    Coordinator: Citymesh NV

    Total EU contribution: €1,080,004.00

  2. 5G-Terra - 5G infrastructure and services for public interest and social inclusion (Greece)

    The project aims to provide high-quality 5G connectivity to the end customers of remote and sparsely populated areas in Greece for personal, business and governmental growth, to enable efficient, state-of-the-art healthcare services and to support the deployment of 5G infrastructure as part of the Europe’s digital transformation.

    Coordinator: Wings

    Total EU contribution: €4,947,750.00

  3. 5G4Lives - 5G for a Better Tomorrow: Protecting Lives and the Environment in Riga and Turin (Latvia and Italy)

    The 5G4Lives project is an initiative implemented across two geographic clusters: Latvia and Italy. The project aims to leverage 5G connectivity and other innovative technologies, such as UAVs (or drones) and alternative hydrogen power, to enhance public safety and environmental health.

    In Latvia, the 5G4Lives partners will focus on developing a solution based on drones and 5G, monitoring and performing rescue operations in hard-to-reach areas in Riga: Vecaku Beach and Kisezers lake. This use case will enable the police to intervene more promptly and sustainably.

    In Italy, 5G4Lives partners in Turin will develop a 5G-enabled, real-time situational awareness and vulnerability assessment service to mitigate the threat from and impact of natural disasters across the local hillside.

    Coordinator: Riga City Council

    Total EU contribution: €2,869,500.00

  4. Private 5G network O - Private 5G network for OYS to ensure medical non-disruption and form safe infrastructure for the next generation wireless healthcare solutions (Finland)

    The project aims to implement a secure 5G infrastructure for next-generation wireless healthcare wearable AR/VR based solutions. The project consists of the implementation of a private 5G network covering several units of the Oulu University Hospital which is intended to serve as a development and research environment for advanced information sharing and visualisation technology in the consortium.

    Coordinator: Edzcom

    Total EU contribution: €1,553,802.00

  5. SmartPortPloce - Enhancing public services of Ploce Port Authority via implementing 5G connectivity (Croatia)

    The project aims to enhance the level and quality of public services provided by the Port of Ploce Authority, through the deployment of a dedicated private 5G network in the port area. The project’s objective is to establish leading-edge connectivity capable of large data processing, sharing and analytics, which will allow the optimisation of traffic and logistic processes in the port area.

    Coordinator: Port of Ploce Authority

    Total EU contribution: €958,125.00

  6. 5G Healthcare - 5G in Healthcare – Northern Region PT (Portugal)

    The project, led by NOS Comunicações and with NOS Technology, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João and the Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica as partners, aims to use 5G to foster advanced use cases that will improve the experience of the community of Portugal Northern Region (mainly Porto District) requiring hospital services.

    Coordinator: NOS Comunicações

    Total EU contribution: €2,486,500.50

  7. 5G.Rural – 5G for rural smart communities of tomorrow (Portugal)

    The project aims to test interoperability-driven smart communities integrated business models enabled by shared access to 5G interconnectivity deployed in rural areas, beyond the conventional licenced coverage. The first neutral hosting 5G infrastructure will be implemented across the Alentejo region in less densely populated areas.

    The project supports communities facing lack of digital environment by deploying infrastructure elements, such as antennas and 5G access, and ensures the development of smart communities, with a focus on villages with lack of digital infrastructure, via enabling the smart services, access and interconnectivity.

    Coordinator: Dstelecom SA

    Total EU contribution: €3,946,956.75

  8. 5GMHI - 5G Mobile Healthcare Innovative solutions (Sweden)

    The project aims to create insights about how healthcare needs in the Region of Stockholm can be met with 5G technology and the related effects and quality improvements, and how new services can be provided in healthcare, for the benefit of the region’s residents, patients, and employees.

    Coordinator: Region Stockholm

    Total EU contribution: €6,377,587.50

  9. ED5GE - 5G Edge Enabled Smart Communities for Green Transformation in the North Project (Sweden)

    The project aims to deploy a 5G edge network infrastructure with the latest features such as network slicing and network-based positioning to provide leading edge computing connectivity to enable low-latency, reliable and IoT connected applications and use cases for public authorities in four smart community areas.

    The project will cover different sets of use cases for three cities in the north of Sweden involved in the society and industrial transformation towards a fossil free society and industry and one farming testbed site in a community in mid-Sweden for improving agriculture efficiency and safety.

    Coordinator: Telia Sverige AB

    Total EU contribution: €3,077,730.00

  10. Tuke 5GSC - Tuke 5G Infrastructure for Smart Communities (Slovakia)

    The project aims to prepare and deploy a private state of the art 5G network at Tuke university in Kosice in order to test and develop two use cases and deliver blueprints of these. The main objective is to support the early deployment of 5G-based systems that enable to develop and test a smart logistics use case and a smart energy metering use case.

    Coordinator: Slovak Telekom

    Total EU contribution: €1,247,947.50


Autor(en)/Author(s): Smart Cities World

Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 07.02.2024

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