AT&T said recently that it is launching 4G LTE in San Diego and 10 other new markets. Verizon Wireless claims to operate the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. One team of equity analysts, however, says that Wi-Fi — the short-range Internet connection technology that people can often get for free — might increasingly attract 4G users and drive down 4G prices.

AT&T said recently that it is launching 4G LTE in San Diego and 10 other new markets. Verizon Wireless claims to operate the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. One team of equity analysts, however, says that Wi-Fi — the short-range Internet connection technology that people can often get for free — might increasingly attract 4G users and drive down 4G prices. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

QUALCOMM INC.

CEO: Paul Jacobs.

Revenue: $14.96 billion in FY 2011; $10.9 billion in FY 2010.

Net income: $4.26 billion in FY 2011; $3.24 billion in FY 2010.

No. of local employees: 10,509.

Headquarters: Sorrento Valley.

Year founded: 1985.

Stock symbol and exchange: QCOM on Nasdaq.

Company description: Manufacturer and developer of semiconductors used in wireless devices; licensor of wireless technology.

Key factors for success: Continuous innovation; wide variety of products; stable management; high investment in research and development.

Wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless are moving aggressively to sell extra-fast 4G Internet service to people with smartphones and tablets...

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