The Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rene Tammist concluded an agreement with his Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts to ensure 5G coverage all across the Via Baltica highway leading across the Baltic states. “It’s not just people who need fast and reliable internet access these days, it’s also numerous gadgets, production processes and logistics solutions. Providing 5G coverage across the Via Baltica road network between Tallinn, Riga and Kaunas will lay the foundation for using self-driving vehicles in the future,” said Tammist. Estonia is intent on holding its 5G tender already at the end of this year. “Estonia has an advantage compared to several other EU countries, as we have already invested in the development of a national base network that’ll form the base for providing 5G connectivity in the future. It is the state’s obligation to create a favourable business environment for the creation of a 5G network in order to launch services and equipment requiring superfast connections,” said Tammist. The Baltic 5G agreement was signed by Rene Tammist on behalf of Estonia, Uldis Augulis on behalf of Latvia and Rokas Masiulis on behalf of Lithuania. Minister Tammist also participated at the international forum “5G Techritory. Baltic Sea Region Ecosystem”, which also discussed Baltic 5G cooperation and global opportunities for 5G implementation. The forum brought together entrepreneurs, public sector leaders and digital innovators from well over 70 countries. Minister Tammist also had meetings with Cisco’s Baltics/Finland CEO Mervi Airaksinen and the Estonian ambassador to Latvia Arti Hilpus to discuss development opportunities for Estonian enterprises in Latvia.