How does WIFI4EU initiative fit into the digital economy of Smart Cities and agile companies?
WiFi4EU initiative represents the European Union support for installing free Wi-Fi hotspots in local communities in parks, squares, hospitals, schools, libraries and other public spaces in line with EU objectives and proactive measures to enhance connectivity across EU territory and boost Europe’s competitiveness. This paper aims at discussing regulation of WiFi4EU programme as it offers “Free Wi-Fi for Europeans” in the coming years and the way the estimated results of the public funding mechanism match the principles of digital economy with regards to geographical distribution and current needs of connectivity. As this innovative initiative will have a growing effect upon the development of ICT infrastructure all over Europe, authors assess the possible impact of the winning projects on local economy, making use of some relevant statistical data. Also, results of the analysis are compared to features and indicators of smart cities and agile companies in order to establish a viable connection between this EU initiative and concepts of the new economy. Given the potential of this unique programme, some recommendations for improvement and growth in the near future are expressed in order for the strategic objectives of EU vision for the European Gigabit Society to be successfully accomplished by year 2025.