Richardson's Telecom Corridor receives global honor

By Danielle Abril | Staff Writer
Dallas Business Journal 

Richardson’s Telecom Corridor has earned the Area of Innovation membership status in the International Association of Science Parks, a designation that could help the city in attracting more tech companies.


The corridor is the eighth area to earn the membership, which recognizes high-tech science parks, their innovation and contributions to the industry.


The Telecom Corridor was trademarked by the chamber in 1992, after the city attracted major companies in telecommunications, semiconductors and software. It’s home to companies operations for such companies as AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), Ericsson, MetroPCS, ZTE and Samsung Telecommunications America.


The city’s roots in the telecom space date back to the establishment of Collins Radio and Texas Instruments in the 1950s, which was followed by the development of The University of Texas at Dallas in the 1960s.


The corridor continues to attract major companies to North Texas because of its history. Recently, Flextronics, established a facility in Fort Worth for the first U.S.-assembled smartphone, Moto X. Flextronics officials said they chose the site, in part, because of its proximity to the Telecom Corridor.


Malaga, Spain-based IASP is a worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation. The non-government organization was founded in 1984 and has 400 members in 70 countries.

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