Company name: Tatara Systems
Where it's based: Action, Mass.
When it was founded: 2000
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2005
Why it was a Fierce 15: Tatara's public WiFi system was introduced as a platform for convergence. The company's WiFi Service Delivery Platform allowed retail and wholesale service providers such as mobile operators, landline carriers, aggregators, ISPs and cable operators to support roaming relationships without sacrificing security, control, advanced capabilities or profitability. The company's solution was to allow access to critical WiFi service data such as usage and performance information. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: Tatara sold its Mobile Broadband line to Smith Micro Software in 2008 in order to focus on the femtocell market. The company offers a SIP-based femtocell convergence product supporting IMS and pre-IMS architectures. Tatara has formed strategic partnerships with companies such as Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Airvana, AirWalk, Ericsson, NetGear and Ubiquisys, and has worked on femtocell offerings in both the CDMA and UMTS space.