On 15 March 2000, Eesti Telefon, EMT and Privador signed a letter of intent, setting a goal to create a common Public Key Infrastructure (TelePKI) and develop services based on the TelePKI. In the first phase of cooperation that lasted for two months, the work groups clarified the goals of the project, the schedules and the budget. It was a significant amount of work that helped EMT and Eesti Telefon understand the working principles of the PKI and possible PKI based services that have a great potential of creating added value.
Hansabank and Ühispank joined the initiative on 24 May 2000 as the next step of the TelePKI project. A decision to establish a certification company was made as a result of several months of discussions.
AS EMT, AS Hansapank, AS Eesti Ühispank and AS Eesti Telefon sign the foundation agreement that will create the AS Sertifitseerimiskeskus on February 16th on 2001. In spring 2001, the centre is declared the winner of the Ministry of the Interior’s public procurement for the provision of a certification service for Estonia’s new ID cards. In September 2001 the centre is added to the National Certification Register, creating a legal basis for the service it provides and for the implementation of digital signing in Estonia. At the end of the year, Minister of the Interior Tarmo Loodus and the centre’s director Kalle Tarien sign an agreement that will see the centre providing the ministry with a certification service in compliance with the Digital Signatures Act.