ANACOM holds a briefing session on the European Commission's WiFi4EU initiative at Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações

ANACOM is holding a briefing session on the European Commission's WiFi4EU initiative on Friday, 2 February 2018, at 3:00 p.m., at Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações (Portuguese Communications Foundation), in Lisbon.

The session will be attended by João Cadete de Matos, Chairman of ANACOM's Board of Directors, Hervé Dupuy, of the European Commission’s Broadband Unit, and Guilherme d 'Oliveira Martins, Portuguese Secretary of State for Infrastructure.

As well as this briefing session, to be held in Lisbon, a further session is set to take place in Évora (also 02 February). Tomorrow (01 February), sessions will be held in Guimarães and Coimbra. While the session in Lisbon is open to the public, the other briefing sessions will be for representatives from municipal councils.

The WiFi4EU initiative aims to provide high-quality Internet access to residents and local visitors in main centres of local community life, such as parks, squares, libraries and public buildings, contributing to:

  • a reduction in digital exclusion, especially in rural and remote communities;
  • increased access to online public services which improve quality of life in local communities.

European Union funding is intended to cover the Wi-Fi system’s equipment and installation costs and will be allocated directly by the European Commission (EC) to municipal councils. Allocation of financing will be by means of a tender conducted over an electronic platform on a first-come, first-served basis.

As such, all municipalities wishing to benefit from this financing must register on the platform as soon as it is made available by the Commission. The Commission will decide on the date on which the process will start - it is expected that it will take place in February and March 2018.