UTStarcom: WU YING/Beijing

WU YING/Beijing

There's something vaguely radical about Wu Ying, and it's not just his bushy Che Guevara beard. As CEO of China operations for telecommunications company UTStarcom, Wu caused something of a revolution by introducing an inexpensive alternative to the mobile phone in a regulatory environment fuzzier than his facial hair. UTStarcom's Xiao Lingtong (Little Smart) handsets may look and act like cell phones, but in China, where the government allows only two firms to provide cellular service, Wu has had to convince telecom mandarins that cell phones are actually just a wireless extension of fixed-line phones--like household cordless phones on steroids. UTStarcom...

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