Company name: Kineto Wireless
Where it's based: Milpitas, Calif.
When it was founded: 2001
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2005
Why it was a Fierce 15: Kineto spearheaded an industry-wide technology movement called Unlicensed Mobile Access. UMA promised to allow users to seamlessly roam from GSM/GPRS networks to WiFi and even Bluetooth networks in areas where cellular reception was weak or non-existent. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: UMA has enjoyed a level of success, with Orange, T-Mobile, Telia, Rogers, Cincinnati Bell and others introducing commercial service with handsets from the likes of Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, RIM and others. In 2007, Kineto adapted its technology to take into account the drive for femtocells, and now provides femtocell gateways. Further, Kineto is working to address the need to deliver existing voice and SMS services over all-IP LTE networks. Kineto is still privately held and venture backed. Although the company doesn't comment on revenues or funding, Kineto's Steven Shaw said "today things are looking pretty good."