Company name: Flarion Technologies
Where it's based: N/A
When it was founded: 1999
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2003
Why it was a Fierce 15: Flarion developed an IP-friendly, Flash-OFDM technology that allowed mobile operators to seamlessly connect corporate LANs with wireless wide area networks. The technology used a digital modulation scheme that split the wireless signal into several different strands at different frequencies, resulting in a faster and more efficient use of the spectrum. Flarion had trials with carriers such as Nextel and SK Telecom. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: In June 2005, Qualcomm acquired Flarion Technologies for $600 million in cash and stock to bolster its position in Flash-OFDM technology.