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News article14 November 2023

5G and Edge Cloud for Smart Communities: new call launched by the European Commission

Submit your application by 20 February 2024.


In October 2023, the European Commission opened the third call for proposals under its Connecting Europe Facility Digital programme (CEF Digital). The deadline to apply for the 5G and Edge Cloud for Smart Communities call is 20 February 2024.

The call is part of the 5G for Smart Communities initiative, which aims to accelerate the early deployment of 5G-based systems for essential public services. Learn more about the initiative and the third call by navigating the official 5GSC platform. In addition to essential information, the platform also offers networking opportunities for those interested in contributing to the initiative’s objectives.

To ensure that you have the most accurate and up-to-date information to navigate the third call successfully, you may also contact your CEF Digital National Contact Point

5GSC Community Conference 

The 5GSC community event on 11 October, hosted by the platform, acted as a hub for stakeholders to exchange ideas and explore collaboration opportunities. 

CEF Digital Info Day 

On 26 October, HaDEA, the Commission’s executive agency, organised the CEF Digital Info Day, shedding light on the ‘5G and Edge Cloud for Smart Communities’ topic. The recorded event, accessible here, is a valuable resource for potential applicants, offering insights into the call’s expectations.

5GSC Platform Info Day and Matchmaking

The 5GSC platform continued the momentum with a dedicated ‘5G and Edge Cloud Smart Communities’ Info Day on 7 November. This event provided in-depth information and valuable resources to support applicants, also bringing together stakeholders and potential partners. Visit the platform to watch the recording and stay informed about the latest updates.

For any queries, applicants are encouraged to contact HaDEA’s functional mailbox at A comprehensive FAQ section on the Funding and Tenders Portal further assists applicants in navigating the application process.


Publication date
14 November 2023