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IT Conferences Flocking to Estonia, The Free Wi-Fi Country

Estonia is experiencing a boom in IT-related conferences as more international event organisers recognise the nation's excellent cyber credentials and top-ranked Wi-Fi infrastructure.

“On this year's calendar we've seen a whole range of technology conferences covering everything from information warfare and security to robotics, e-governance, e-identity and cyber defense,” said Kadri Karu, Managing Director of the Estonian Convention Bureau.

The latest to sign up was the World Customs Organization, who decided to hold its international IT conference in Tallinn in 2012, she added.

Estonia is a leading developer and user of the latest IT solutions. The country is a recognised pioneer in the use of e-government, e-banking, digital signatures and a number of other applications. It was the first country in the world to offer Internet voting in national elections. It's also home to Nato's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and the popular Internet telephone system Skype was developed here.

On the practical side, the proliferation of free Wi-Fi in Estonia's cities has made it a favourite of conference-goers in all fields. In 2008, a Discovery Channel article named the capital, Tallinn, one of the top cities in the world for free wireless internet. All hotels and conference centres, as well as most downtown cafés, restaurants, offer public Wi-Fi and, in nearly all cases, it's free. It's also available at the airport, shopping malls, and even in filling stations and public parks.

The result is that delegates can take their laptops and mobile devices with them and never worry about how to get connected.