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Businesses are looking for faster options and equipment makers that offer these options have the opportunity to bolster their top lines. With such growth potential throughout the industry, companies are fighting harder than ever to secure their respective niches. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in the Communications Equipment Industry and provides research reports on Alcatel-Lucent and Powerwave Technologies.


Despite high unemployment and mediocre consumer confidence, North American smartphone and tablet sales continue to skyrocket. At the moment there is massive demand for mobile internet and telecom customers are typically looking for smooth transitions to 3G or 4G networks.


When telecom equipment-maker Alcatel-Lucent reported first quarter operating results, Chief Executive Ben Verwaaye said he is “optimistic that 3G and 4G will be a driving force for a long time to come.” In the most recent quarter, Alcatel posted a net loss of €10 million ($14.6 million) compared to a loss of €515 million recorded in the year-earlier quarter. The company attributed the improved results to a 40 % jump in North American Sales.


In the first quarter of 2011, Powerwaves’ total Americas revenue was $54.3 million or approximately 40 % of revenue, compared with $34.2 million, or approximately 30 % of revenue in the first quarter of 2010. Powerwave, a global supplier of end-to-end solutions for wireless communications networks, said last week that 3G standards accounted for approximately 36 % of total revenue and 4G standards accounted for approximately 24 % of total revenue during the first quarter of 2011.


Steve Buhaly honoured as “CFO of the Year”


Buhaly has been recognised for his leadership during TriQuint’s meteoric growth during 2010.


TriQuint Semiconductor, a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, announces its chief financial officer, Steve Buhaly, was named ‘CFO of the Year’ at The Portland Business Journal’s annual awards program. Buhaly received the honour in the public company category.


“Steve Buhaly is a terrific role model for our entire organisation. In addition to ensuring high integrity and transparency in TriQuint’s public reporting, Steve is a trusted business partner and a valuable voice in strategic planning. He brings common sense and a quick wit to our team,” said Ralph Quinsey, President and CEO of TriQuint.


Buhaly is a valuable consultant to TriQuint’s business units and functional departments. His responsibilities include everything from Investor Relations, Corporate Accounting and Legal, to Information Technology, Tax and Treasury Services. Since joining the company in September 2007, he has inspired operational improvements and empowered his senior managers with skill and thoughtfulness.


TriQuint turned in record 2010 financial results, growing revenue 34% to $878.7 Million. GAAP net income for the year grew almost 12 fold. Driving improved profitability and leveraging the Company’s growth is of considerable value to shareholders, and has resulted in a significantly improved stock price during Buhaly’s time with the company. In its February 9th earnings release, the company guided that 2011 revenue should surpass $1 billion. TriQuint summarised its corporate goals in the recently filed Annual Report: 20% annual growth rate, 20% operating margin, 20% market share.


With no debt and $198.8 million in cash, TriQuint is poised to continue profitable growth as a leading RF provider to markets including fast growing mobile devices, networks, defence and aerospace.


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