Company name: IPWireless
Where it's based: San Bruno, Calif.
When it was founded: 1999
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2006

Why it was a Fierce 15: IPWireless offered a broadband technology called UMTS TD-CDMA for a non-line-of-sight, high-capacity system designed as a DSL replacement. Orange, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile all dabbled with the technology. Click here for more.

What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: NextWave purchased the company in April 2007 for $100 million, but in January 2009 announced it sold off its majority stake in IPWireless for $1 million to IPW Holdings, which is made up of the senior management team of IPWireless. The company is now a private, standalone entity still pushing TD-CDMA. It has one big contract with New York City for a public-safety deployment, and could work to capitalize on the government's broadband stimulus money.