Carriers Buy into Startups to Boost Their Networks

Lest they be seen as "dumb pipes," wireless network operators are investing in startups to gain a proprietary technological edge with data users

As consumers increasingly pick up smartphones rather than feature phones, wireless carriers are investing more cash in startups, hoping to make such devices more useful—and their networks more profitable. The uptick in carrier investments has been particularly pronounced over the last few months as wireless operators try to boost data revenue and differentiate their services by getting access to new technology first.

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