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Information and communication technology industry
Lithuania has the largest ICT industry in the Baltic States with an outstanding potential both for local as well as foreign expanding businesses.
13 out of the 20 largest IT companies in the Baltic States are based in Lithuania. The Lithuanian GetJar, being the world’s first multi-platform mobile application download provider from 2005 and now the world’s second largest mobile application store with over 2 billion downloads to date (more than Nokia, Microsoft, Samsung, LG and less than only Apple), as well as the winner of the prestigious Mobile Excellence Award for Best Mobile Service, has been recently awarded by World Economic Forum as one of the 4 world’s most innovative Technology Pioneer 2011 companies to have a great impact on business, economics and society worldwide. Ilja Laurs, founder and CEO of GetJar, was listed one of the 40 most influential leaders in the world’s mobile communication industry in 2009 by Informa Telecoms & Media. Also, Pixelmator, currently ranks as the fourth best-selling mobile application creator on the Mac App Store, trailing only Apple’s own applications.
There are more than 20,000 IT professionals employed on the market with an additional generation of around 4500 studying IT curriculums in 15 higher education institutions across the country. Lithuania has world’s 2nd speediest upload Internet, Europe‘s #1 fiber broadband penetration (23%), EU’s greatest mobile penetration of 147%, and is world’s #1 in the number of mobile telephone subscribers per 100 population – 3.4 million of Lithuanians use almost 5 million active SIM cards as well as global leader in mobile e-signature. It is expected that by 2015 products of IT, laser technologies, biotechnologies, nanotechnologies and materials science will constitute 25% of Lithuania‘s GDP and 80% of national export.
Top 5 export markets
Key production and services branches:
- Mobile and wireless solutions
- Consultancy and call centres
- Software development solutions
- Infrastructure solutions
- Business management products
- CD, DVD, MC and Blu-ray disc production
Industry's key competitive advantages
- Largest industry in the Baltic States
- Leading professionals in the region
- Effective cooperation with science
- Rapid technological development of services
- Rising investment into electronic communications infrastructure
- Growing startup community
Some of the leading sector's companies that successfully operate in Lithuania are: IBM, Lintel, TeliaSonera, Microsoft, Alna, Blue Bridge, Forbis, Penki kontinentai. For related success stories, please click here.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Lithuanian information technology sector and/or potential business partners in this field, please contact:
Senior Project manager
A. Gostauto st. 40A
Tel: +370 (5) 2649076