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Estonia tops internet freedom study

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , ,

BalticTimes — Estonia has been ranked as the best country in the world in terms of internet freedoms in the “Freedom on the Net 2011” study by Freedom House.

“Estonia ranks as one of the most wired and technologically advanced countries in the world,” the study said.

Estonia secured the top spot in the study, followed by the US, Germany, Australia and the UK. At the bottom of the list were Iran, Burma, Cuba and China.

The study was conducted by Freedom House, a US-based NGO that promotes freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide. The study covered 37 countries worldwide.

The study also found that Estonia has had some of the most improvement in internet freedoms, improving its score from 13 in 2009 to 10 in the most recent study.

Overall, the report found that internet usage has boomed alongside “diverse and growing threats to internet freedom”.

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Smart-Grid Technology Planned for $240M Oxford Park Community in Estonia

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Skype is apparently not the limit for the information development community in Estonia. Out of the same area where the Skype communications platform was conceived—characterized as “a sort of Silicon Valley on the Baltic Sea” by The New York Times—now comes word of a $240 million, 160-acre sustainable mixed-use community ready to break ground this summer and scheduled for completion in 10 years.

talian architect Francesco De Luca describes his design for Oxford Parkas “a beautiful vision of the future of working and living,” which he believes will be “undoubtedly the most innovative and sustainable development in Europe today.”

Developers of the site—which is located about 30 minutes inland from the seaport and capital city of  Tallinn, in scenic Juuru municipality—have announced that they will use smart-grid technology to maximize the project’s energy efficiency.

Specifically, smart meters will enable the 350 on-site households, as well as the businesses, at Oxford Park to closely monitor their energy consumption and save money by using appliances at off-peak times. In addition, they will be able to earn income from their own energy generation, and to more accurately predict their electricity usage and costs.

Power will be available, even if the grid falls out, via an on-site system. The Tallinn-based  Oxford Sustainable Group said in an April 19 interview with ERR News that Oxford Park would be able to integrate electricity provided from various sources, including that generated by solar panels—thereby saving up to 50 percent in energy costs.

One of the more interesting features of the new development will be the Oxford Park FuelBar, described by the developers as a “total fueling” concept. As the name suggests, the FuelBar will provide fuel for almost any type of sustainable transport on the market today and includes expansion room for new fuel types, as they become available in the future. Prospective fueling options include: petrol, diesel, bio-diesel, slow electrical power, fast-charging electrical power, hydrogen/methane, LPG and gas, electrical battery swap, alternative biofuel (two types), and solid fuel.

The Oxford Sustainable Group is the market-leading developer of sustainable projects throughout the Central/Northern Europe region. It was the first certified CarbonNeutral company in Eastern Europe and a founding member of Central Eastern Europe (CEE)/World Green Building Council.

“Oxford Park is a carefully planned, sustainable community that will see quiet, organic and natural development in the next 10 years, along with its inhabitants and companies,” said  Hadley Barrett, chairman of the Group’s management board.

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Technopolis Ülemiste Takes Over 10% of Tallinn Office Space

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

In what is one of the largest real-estate transactions in Tallinn’s history, the newly-formed joint stock company Technopolis Ülemiste has acquired a 64-million-euro slice of Ülemiste City, a so-called “smart business city” being developed near Tallinn Airport.

Technopolis Ülemiste Ltd came into existence Thursday as the result of an agreement between Finnish business center developer Technopolis Plc and Ülemiste City Ltd, the area’s overall developer. Technopolis Plc owns 51 percent of the new company, with the remaining 49 percent owned by Estonian developer Mainor.

The deal makes the new company the owner of 10 percent of the capital’s office space, an area currently accommodating 3,300 workers, a company press release said.

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Finns invest 10 mln euros in new factory in Tallinn

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ensto finlandFinnish Ensto opened a new factory in Tallinn today at a cost of 10 million euros. The new plant will double the company’s production volume of thermoplastic enclosures for electrical switchgear.

Ensto is one of the largest manufacturers of mass-customized and tailor-made enclosing solutions used e.g. in renewable energy industries.

According to Timo Luukkainen, President and CEO of Ensto, there are ca 6,000 different products made in the factories in Estonia, located in Keila and now also in Tallinn. “The new factory produces mass-customized enclosures with high quality. The demand for these products is increasing drastically and our strong growth is expected to continue“, describes Timo Luukkainen the capacity of the new factory.

The factory exports 99.5% of its production outside of Estonia, mainly to Central Europe and to such countries as Japan, USA, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. The factory currently employs 130 people; 50 of these jobs were created this year.

The factory is located in the Tallinn Industrial Park. The total area of the premises in the factory is 9,800 m2.

Ensto was founded in 1958. It employs 1,300 people and operates in 19 countries. Its turnover last year was 200 million euros.

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Commissioner Neelie Kroes hails Estonia’s digital development

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2010 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

digital estoniaNeelie Kroes, European Commission vice president and commissioner for digital agenda, in remarks before reporters after her meeting with Estonia’s Prime Minister Andrus Ansip in Tallinn on Monday hailed the digital development of Estonia.

“I’m baffled by this development,” said Kroes, describing Estonia as the best country in Europe in terms of digital development. “You have changed people’s behavior in day-to-day life,” the commissioner said, naming as examples banking, elections and other areas where Estonia has gone digital.

Kroes said that traditions were not for the business sector and banks elsewhere should catch up with the digital progress made by Estonia. Estonia has benefited from it that, as the country’s prime minister explained according to the commissioner, it had no traditions in place and everything had to be built up from scratch.

In the words of the commissioner, there would be much to gain from a digitally functioning common market, but unfortunately awareness of this was not being displayed on a day-to-day basis.

Speaking of the security of digital handling of one’s finances, Kroes said Estonia was the best example that digital intercommunication with one’s bank can be trusted.

Source: http://www.investinestonia.com

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Estonian tech firm benefits from digital revolution

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Vecly EstoniaEstonian tech startup Vecly aims to benefit from the global digital revolution. The company is developing software for Digital TV STBs (set-top boxes) to turn them into multimedia centers and make us use them for many other means than just TV, writes testmarket.eu

The company that is owned by Indrek Raig, Yrjö and Rait Ojasaar and Artec Group develops software for Artec’s STB’s and sells them in Estonian electronic stores.

But Vecly is now targeting much larger partners such as Renesas, NEC, NXP and Trident-Adecq. The company is also having negotiations with Levira, the main TV and radio broadcast network operator in Estonia.

Vecly’s consideration is following: China, where majority of STBs are obviously produced, is an inexpensive country for electronics production, but Chinese software is far from being perfect. Here’s where Vecly enters into the game.

Yrjö Ojasaar says that in the next 3-5 years transition to digital broadcasting will happen in many countries worldwide. Consumers will have higher quality TV and much higher number of channels.

Want it or not, all the analog TV watchers will need to buy the STB. But STB, as we know, is basically a computer, enabling much more than just showing TV. It allows to play games, without the need to buy separate console, X-Box or Wii. It can also be used to share content – movies, pictures etc. It allows video on demand. One can even use Skype, Facebook and Twitter via STB.

„Set-top boxes become the multimedia centers of our lives!“ Ojasaar imagines.

And that will open up totally new possibilities not only for consumers, but for advertisers. In times when conventional TV ads are drying up and Internet advertising is growing, one could expect to see new special advertising channels distributed via STBs. For example a gardening channel paid by your local gardening store.

We’ll see. One thing is for sure though: Vecly wants to be present in all the countries going through the switch from analog to digital.

source: BBN

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Construction of high-speed Internet network begins in Estonia

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

Estonian Broadband Development Foundation (EBDF), set up by information and telecommunications sector companies, this week launched the building of the fiberoptic network in Estonia’s rural regions that is scheduled to reach all developed areas by 2015. Construction works will start in 14 sites and tenders for developing and building the next 18 sites are underway.

The network that is code-naned EstWin should bring Internet access with speeds of 100 Mbps to even the most distant rural areas. In the first stage, about 6,000 kilometers of fiberoptic cable will be laid out complete with over a thousand network access points.

According to plan, by 2015 it must be possible for all households, companies and organizations to connect to the network and no household will be more than 1.5 kilometers from the cable.

EBDF whose members are Elion Ettevõtted, Elisa Eesti, EMT, Eltel Networks, Ericsson Eesti, Tele2 Eesti and Televõrgu AS will build the network’s basic infrastructure with telecommunications operators responsible for building the connections to actual households.

The project costs an estimated 1.5 billion kroons, most of which will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The first stage of the project will give work to 400 people.
According to EBDF, the project will provide a signal to the outside that it is comfortable to do business in Estonia, thus giving a boost to foreign investment.

Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts has said earlier that it was ridiculous that in Europe, Internet with a speed of 64 kilobites per second was regarded as universal. The minister said universal service should offer a speed of 100 megabits per second.

It is estimated that at present between 50 and 60% of Estonian households have broadband Internet access.

source:BBN