Wifi4EU is an EU public Wifi initiative still open to the UK.
The European Commission has set the ambitious target
“…to equip every European village and every city with free wireless Internet access around the main centers of public life by 2020” – Jean-Claude Juncker, President of EC.
Yesway Ltd are a registered with the EU, as a company able to provide installation and configuration of the outdoor Wifi4eu hardware, not just in the Uk and in every member state of the European Union.
The EU has allocated funding in the form of vouchers worth up to 15,000 Euros per municipality for the funding of free public WIFI (wifi4eu), which can be applied for.
Yesway Ltd (also trading as Yesway Communications) is based in Lincoln, UK, but is registered with the EU as offering WIFI4EU installation and equipment supply across all EU member states.
If you are a local municipality, such as a town or village, then the link below will give you the opportunity to apply for funding.
Once you have applied, and obtained funding, please call us on +44 (if outside UK) 01522 740818 , and we will install well planned reliable outdoor free public WIFI.
Who is Wifi4EU aimed at?
The WiFi4EU project is aimed at increasing EU citizens and visitors access to free Wi-Fi in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres in EU Member States (The UK is still eligible at present*). The Wi-Fi hot spots can be installed by the municipality and WiFi installation company using the voucher from the EU.
Who is eligible for a Wifi4EU Voucher?
The WiFi4EU scheme is open to the public sector bodies such as Municipalities and local authorities that are within an EU Member State, and also and participating EEA countries, Norway and Iceland.
How does a Local Council or Authority Apply?
Municipalities, Councils & Local Authorities can register on www.wifi4eu.eu anytime by filling out a simple registration form. To register, a municipality will need an EU login account.
Yesway Ltd is registered as an installation company for the Wifi4EU scheme.
What Information does a Local Authority need to register?
Local Authorities need to provide basic information about the municipality, including the contact details of their legal representative and optionally the name of a contact person (typically a staff member) who has been appointed to manage the registration and application.
The following information will be required (but will not be made public except for the name of the registered municipality):
The registration process is simple so that any Local Authority can apply in their chosen language without needing any intermediary.
Municipalities (Local Auhorities) are NOT requested to include a technical project or documentation about the Wi-Fi network to be deployed. They also do NOT need a preliminary assessment of costs from a supplier, to be able to apply for the voucher.
When can you apply for funding?
The first round of funding is now open (May 2018)
How will voucher recipients be selected?
The vouchers are awarded on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 15 vouchers awarded per country, in the ‘first call’.
How much is a voucher worth?
A voucher is worth 15,000 Euros (about £13,000).
What happens if you are awarded a Voucher?
The installation needs to be completed and the Wi-Fi hot spot start working within 1.5 years after being awarded the voucher. Yesway Ltd will aim to have the work completed within 1 Month of the Voucher being awarded (subject to suitable equipment installation location).
Each beneficiary will contract the supplier(s) of their choice to install the wireless equipment (in accordance with public procurement rules).
The Wi-Fi hot-spots will be installed in the areas where no similar offers of free Wi-Fi connectivity already exist.
A high speed Internet connection will be required to connect the Wifi equipment. The high-speed broadband will deliver a high-quality Internet to users and Yesway Ltd will take care of the procurement and management of this if required. The broadband connection is required to be operational for at least 3 years from the moment the network is up and running.
What does the Wifi4eu Voucher fund?
The WiFi4EU voucher will cover the equipment and installation costs of Wi-Fi hotspots, which Yesway Ltd will supply & install.
The selected Local Authority body will be responsible for paying for the connectivity (internet subscription), maintenance and operation of the equipment for at least 3 years.
Costs associated with the tendering process (including the drawing up of the terms of reference), setting up the necessary backhaul connectivity (e.g. extension of network) or additional equipment not related specifically to the Wi-Fi hotspots (charging stations, street furniture, etc.) will also have to be supported by the municipality. Yesway Ltd can help with all of this.
How is the Voucher Redeemed?
Both Yesway Ltd and the beneficiary (Local Authority, Council) will confirm that the local network is installed and operational. Upon verification that the local network is indeed operational (remote monitoring) the payment will be triggered.
Yesway Ltd will then be able to redeem the voucher from the European Commission and any outstanding balance not covered by or above the value of the voucher will be settled by the beneficiary.
Local Authority responsibilities after receiving a funding Voucher
The Wi-Fi hot spot must be installed using the funding voucher. The local authority or other public body is responsible for financing the internet subscription and maintenance of the equipment in order to offer free and high-quality Wi-Fi for their citizens and visitors for at least 3 years.
Beneficiaries must use the common visual identity to be provided by the Commission and link to the associated online tools.
Potential Consequences of Brexit for the Wifi4EU Scheme
According to the EU Wifi4EU website:
‘Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, the change of the beneficiary’s legal situation will imply a cessation of EU funding’.
We are not due to leave the EU until March 2019, so there is plenty of time to apply for funding before that date.
(01522) 740818 from within the UK
+44 (01522) 740818 from outside the UK
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