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Vilnius creates emerging Europe’s first phone lane

The Lithuanian capital Vilnius has introduced a dedicated ‘phone lane’ for pedestrians who just can’t put their smartphones down. In doing so, Vilnius becomes the fourth city in the world to create a dedicated mobile lane, following in the footsteps of Chongqing, Washington and Antwerp in offering pedestrians high-speed internet access and a safe space to surf and walk.

“Vilnius is a true technology city,” said the city’s mayor, Remigijus Šimašius. “The IT sector is one of the fastest growing and promising sectors in Vilnius. Its employees are quick, smart and hungry for innovation – just like the city we all live in. We have been consistently punching above our weight thanks to our advanced IT infrastructure, which includes the world’s fastest public Wifi.”

With its brand-new mobile lane – located on Vokiečių, a street in the centre of the city – Vilnius hopes to finally give IT professionals the recognition they deserve in society, and to make a global statement, that the city is opening its doors to talent from abroad.

Lithuania is known for its ICT industry, which has grown by 20 per cent over the past three years. In addition, the country lays claim to having the fastest public Wifi in the world, and the highest internet bandwidth in CEE.