Tapping into Wireless : The Savvy Investor's Guide to Profiting from the Wireless Wave

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Where and how to invest in wireless­­today's most promising "next big thing"

Wireless technologies are among today's major growth industries. By 2003, more than 500 million people will be using wireless devices. Yet, avid investors can be frustrated with complex terminology and confusing market factors. Tapping into Wireless provides the knowledge and strategies investors need to take advantage of wireless opportunities. It gives readers the ins and outs of the hardware, ...

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Overview

Where and how to invest in wireless­­today's most promising "next big thing"

Wireless technologies are among today's major growth industries. By 2003, more than 500 million people will be using wireless devices. Yet, avid investors can be frustrated with complex terminology and confusing market factors. Tapping into Wireless provides the knowledge and strategies investors need to take advantage of wireless opportunities. It gives readers the ins and outs of the hardware, software, services, and technologies, along with the best opportunities for investing in this fledgling but well-entrenched industry. From understanding the basics of the industry to targeting market leaders, investing in pre-IPO companies, and even recognizing red flags in otherwise promising opportunities, Tapping into Wireless is the single best guidebook for making the smartest choices among today's wireless opportunities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071384193
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 Wireless History 1
Just How New Is Wireless? 2
Not When or Where, but Why and How 3
Where It All Began: The Electric Telegraph 4
The Telephone and Alexander Graham Bell 10
Wireless Radio 13
The Dawn of Commercial Cellular 21
Act II 23
We're Just Getting Started 25
Summary 26
Chapter 2 The Driving Forces for Wireless 29
Buy-In from Industry Leaders 30
The M&A Factor 34
Foreign M&A 36
Politics and Money Go Hand in Hand 38
Regulation 40
Standards Adoption 44
Consumer Tastes 51
Convergence 52
Summary 53
Chapter 3 Wireless Network Operators 55
Wireless Service Providers: Their Role in the Industry 57
The Technology 58
First- and Second-Generation (1G/2G) Cellular Networks 61
Circuits versus Packets 64
The Next-Generation (2.5G and 3G) Cellular Networks 67
Wireless Network Operator Metrics 73
Key Investment Themes 79
Summary 83
Chapter 4 Wireless Equipment/Component Suppliers 85
Role in the Industry 87
Wireless Component Manufacturers 89
Application/Baseband Processors 91
Digital Signal Processors 92
RF Components 94
Displays 94
Intellectual Property 95
Portable Equipment 98
Consumer Segment 100
Business Segment 104
Wireless Infrastructure Equipment 105
Wireless Equipment Manufacturer Metrics 108
Summary 111
Chapter 5 Wireless Enterprise Solutions 115
The Collaborative Economy 118
The Trends in the Enterprise 119
Finding the Right Companies 123
Signs of a Breakout 133
Summary 138
Chapter 6 Emerging Technologies and Markets 141
Emerging Technologies 145
Wireless Consumer Applications 155
Summary 160
Chapter 7 IPO Fever 163
What's an IPO? 165
On the Ground Floor 170
Risk Factors 172
Other Key Sections of the Prospectus 179
IPO Strategies 182
Slice 'Em and Dice 'Em 184
Good Investments 186
Tracking Stocks: On the Right Track for Investors? 187
Summary 189
Online Resources 190
Chapter 8 Red Flags: When to Sell Your Wireless Stock 191
Junk Bonds 192
Convertible Financing 194
Insider Selling 197
Building a Wireless Network 199
The Price Knows 200
Penny Stocks 201
Research Analysts 202
Bad News 205
Chat Boards 206
Hot Markets 206
Summary 207
Chapter 9 Foreign Investing 209
Emerging Markets 210
Privatization Boom 211
Risks 212
American Depositary Shares 215
United States: A Drop in the Bucket? 217
The Finland Factor 220
Asia 223
Summary 224
Chapter 10 Wireless Mutual Funds 225
Benefits 227
Some Background 227
Chapter 11 Private Equity 235
Risks versus Rewards 235
Protections 238
Thinking Like a Venture Capitalist 241
Dealflow 244
Summary 245
Conclusion 247
Appendix Resources 249
Glossary 257
Sources 269
Index 273
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