Lithuania in the News
17th June 2012
Lithuanian IT Goes from Strength to Strength
Login 2012 attracted large audiences. Photo courtesy Login 2012
The biggest internet conference in the Baltic States, Login 2012 was held in Vilnius May 31 – June 1, 2012. Now held for the 6th time, it attracted a record attendance of near 3,000 people, with more than 60 presenters from 13 countries. Leading IT experts from around the world attended. The star attraction this year was Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, while Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has accepted an invitation to come to Login 2013.
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, delivering his
address at Login 2012. Photo courtesy Login 2012
The huge interest of Lithuanians, especially young Lithuanians, in this conference illustrates the increasing strengths of Lithuania in Communications and Information Technology (ICT). In the Network Readiness Index, just published by the World Economic Forum in its Global Information Technology Report 2012, Lithuania is now ranked as 31st out of 142 economies in the world and 14th in the EU. The ICT industry in Lithuania is the largest in the Baltic states. Out of the 20 largest IT companies in the Baltic states, 13 are based in Lithuania.
Lithuania continues as a European and world leader in internet speed and fibre penetration to the home. It was one of the first in Europe to launch 4G techonologies, has the highest mobile phone penetration and the densest wi-fi network in Europe. It had the honour of hosting the Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius in 2010. Lithuanian IT companies have been achieving international recognition. Lithuania is on track to have by 2015 high tech industries make up 25% of its GDP and 80% of national export.

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