Meeting All the World's Tech Needs

Qualcomm, Intel, Philipsall are among Western companies tailoring tech for a range of emerging-market uses, from computing to streetlights

It wasn't long ago that some Western tech executives dismissed the prospect of a surge in new customers from emerging markets. Yes, countries like India and China had hundreds of millions of people not yet connected to the world via PCs and cell phones. But most of them were peasants who wouldn't make good customers, or so the misguided reasoning went.

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