Qualcomm: Unproven, But DazzlingLarry Armstrong
Five years ago, Qualcomm Inc. was a tiny but bothersome thorn in the side of the cellular-phone industry. The San Diego satellite communications company came up with a scheme for expanding cellular network capacity, vitally needed in regions where radio waves are saturated. The problem: The industry had already settled on a method for doing just that. Qualcomm muddied the waters with an alternative that was theoretically cheaper and offered higher quality, but no one knew whether its complicated technique would work.
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