Company name: BelAir Networks
Where it's based: Kanata, Canada
When it was founded: 2001
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2004
Why it was a Fierce 15: BelAir Networks was a Fierce 15 winner because it developed a solution that let carriers and IT managers blast WiFi signals into buildings or over specified outdoor regions with only a few pieces of hardware. The company's offering was mounted to light poles or other outside objects, and used mesh networking for the backhaul, significantly reducing service costs. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: BelAir continues to thrive as a WiFi equipment supplier. The company recently was named by Dell'Oro Group as the No. 1 supplier of WiFi mesh networking gear. BelAir's portfolio of equipment includes indoor and outdoor wireless LAN access points for both enterprise and public users. More than 60,000 BelAir radios have been deployed across hundreds of networks worldwide.