The CEF Digital Program funds projects providing 5G coverage along major transport paths such as roads, railways and waterways to establish a pan-European transport network of 5G corridors by 2027.
5G corridors are planned as 5G systems that meet the very stringent service requirements of transport safety and digital rail operations, in particular in terms of ultra-high reliability, security, low latency, and high throughput. They make the characteristics of these technologies available for advanced transport and logistics applications.
Projects funded under the 5G coverage along the European transport corridors Call aim to:
- Create a corridor which crosses at least one national border and is on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
- Deliver uninterrupted coverage over the whole range of the corridor, ensuring high-quality connectivity.
- Have infrastructure which uses at least one 5G pioneer band (700 MHz, 3.6 GHz, 26 GHz) and, if appropriate, the 5.9 GHz ITS band and the 900 MHz and 1900 MHz FRMCS bands.
- Meet service requirements for both safety-related road/rail/waterway operations and contain multi-application 5G services to ensure business continuity across the entire section of the corridor.
This 5G infrastructure will be a key enabler for connected and automated mobility (CAM) including safety and non-safety services and strengthen the digitalisation of rail operations and inland waterways.
How to participate
Project consortia should consist of a minimum of two entities from two different eligible countries. Exceptionally, for 5G corridors projects crossing the border with a third country or terminating at a port with maritime connections to other EU Member States, minimum 2 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from at least one eligible country.
Currently calls are open for both:
Inception Studies (Call Budget 5MEuro for preparatory actions – including e.g. network architecture, planning and location; cost-benefit analysis; business models, etc. – for subsequent deployment projects) and
Works projects (Call Budget 95MEuro for deployment projects providing 5G connectivity along key European transport paths for enabling Connected and Automated Mobility – CAM ).
Both calls are now open with a submission deadline in February 2024.