ICT In the wake of pioneers such as RTL Group and SES, Luxembourg has successfully developed into a global hub for information and communication technologies (ICT) and positions itself as a centre of excellence in cybersecurity and data protection. The sector continuously experiences high rates of economic growth (7% on average for the period 2007 to 2013) and a significant increase in employment (it currently employs around 18,000 people). The ICT sector is strongly supported by the government and fostered by the Digital Lëtzebuerg programm, a new digital policy introduced late 2014 to give a new boost to the development of innovative technology-based companies. As a "big data" hub, Luxembourg offers an excellent location for the development and internationalisation of ICT companies as well as for innovation. First-class infrastructure and networks The factors that allowed such a development are many. Infrastructure and premium networks (broadband infrastructure and a network of 23 data centres, with 7 being Tier IV certified), a culture of trust and security and a favourable legal framework for ICT companies operating in all key areas: Fintech Electronic commerce Digital content Cloud computing Big data and data management Electronic payments High performance computing ICT for Green Electronic archiving ICT expertise is thus underpinning the sustainable development of other important sectors in Luxembourg, such as the financial (crowdfunding), media, environment, logistics, automotive, biotech (biobank - IBBL) and space sectors. Investing heavily in R&D and innovation The ICT sector is also a major player in research and development (R&D). Luxembourg is heavily investing in ICT research in order to build scientific excellence. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg aims to put the country on the worldwide map in terms of high-quality research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. The University of Luxembourg is also at the forefront of digital communications, information processing, systems and robotics, algorithmic number theory and research on methods and tools. The ICT for Innovative Services (ITIS) department at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is aiming to bolster this domain through multi-disciplinary scientific and technological research leading to the development of innovative ICT services, both in Luxembourg and abroad. Clustering and support The Luxembourg ICT Cluster brings together various actors in the field of ICT in Luxembourg with the goal of fostering new and sustainable business opportunities through collaborative research, development and innovation projects. It aims at optimising the uptake of ICT as an enabling technology for various sectors and the further development of the existing ICT sector in Luxembourg by encouraging networking and collaboration between the private and public sectors.