Company name: Cometa Networks
Where it's based: N/A
When it was founded: 2002
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2003
Why it was a Fierce 15: Similar to Boingo Wireless, Cometa Networks was selected as a Fierce 15 because of its vision to cover the U.S. with 20,000 hotspots by the end of 2004. The company had some well-known backers including IBM, AT&T, Intel Capital and others. However, Fierce editors predicted Cometa would face some stiff competition from traditional operators like T-Mobile USA as well as other WiFi aggregators such as Boingo Wireless and Wayport. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: Unfortunately Cometa Networks never had a chance to meet its lofty goals. The company shuttered its doors in May 2004, despite the fact that it had 250 hotspots and deals with companies like book retailer Barnes & Noble.