For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 14, 2009 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), AT&T (T), Verizon Wireless (VZ), Airvana Inc (AIRV) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).

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Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Femtocell – The Emerging Wave

Femtocell is quickly emerging as a fundamental technology enabler in the deployment of next-generation (3G/4G) wireless network infrastructure. A femtocell is a small cellular base station, typically designed for use in a residential or small business environment. This access point communicates to the wireless service providers’ network through a broadband connection.

Using femtocell, a wireless operator can improve both coverage and capacity especially in an indoor area where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable, in a highly cost effective way. This will reduce the carriers’ operating costs as well as capital expenditure.

The U.S. is likely to undergo a massive wave of 3G femtocell from the end of 2009. Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) is claiming that it will be the first telecom operators to introduce 3G femtocell in the U.S., beating AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ). Although Sprint Nextel is providing 2G CDMA femtocell since 2007 using Samsung Electronics’ chipset, the company will use Airvana Inc (AIRV) chipset for 3G femtocell. Airvana is a partner of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) for developing 3G CDMA femtocell.

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