“These guys were scary smart and know how to position themselves in every part of the wireless ecosystem” – Om Malik
The “scary smart” guys veteran technology journalist Om Malik was referring to in his 2005 article was Qualcomm.
In 2010 India was the market that helped Qualcomm conclusively establish LTE as the global 4G standard, defeating rival Intel’s WiMAX. The sheer size of the Indian telecom market was large enough to tilt the scales (China was already LTE). So high were the stakes that Qualcomm spent $1 billion to buy spectrum in the cities of Mumbai and Delhi, and the states of Haryana and Kerala, even though it had no intention of ever operating a network.