Company name: Vivato
Where it's based: N/A
When it was founded: 2000
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2003
Why it was a Fierce 15: Vivato was selected for its switch technology that enabled access points to transmit signals up to seven kilometers. The technology held a lot of promise for new types of WiFi deployments. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: On Dec. 5, 2007, Catcher Holdings issued a press release announcing its acquisition of Vivato. However, a number of publications, including RedHerring and Wi-Fi Networking News, reported in late December of that year that Vivato simply closed its doors. Attempts to reach Vivato and Catcher were unsuccessful.