Battle for the Future of the Net
Europe's technology landscape is littered with stories about what might have been. Take the case of Finnish engineer Olli Martikainen who started developing a router—network hardware that directs streams of data from one computer to another—back in 1982 at VTT, a research institute in Espoo, Finland. The Finnish companies financing the project, including Nokia (NOK), didn't see the potential, so the project was dropped in 1986, shortly before a U.S. startup called Cisco Systems (CSCO) went on to staggering success commercializing similar technology. Martikainen's prototype now gathers dust in a university display.
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