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Company name: Metrico Wireless
Where it's based: Frederick, Md.
When it was founded: 2003
Year it was a Fierce 15: 2007

Why it was a fierce 15: Using a series of field tests and simulated lab tests, Metrico was able to objectively analyze handset performance and compare results against baseline performance metrics. Specifically, the firm's test procedures measured a handset's listening quality, radio-audio response, call retention, call establishment and packet-data throughput. Metrico's customers included operators AT&T and T-Mobile USA and handset makers Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung and LG. Click here for more.

What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: The company tests UMTS/GSM handsets sold in the United States, as well as CDMA handsets. In 2008, the company expanded into the U.K. and Taiwan, and also operates in India and Brazil. Metrico's test and measurement capabilities now include data and location-centric devices and smartphones, but the company also continues to evaluate feature phones, Bluetooth headsets and smartphones.

Article updated Sept. 23 to change the location of Metrico's headquarters

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