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Roundtable Forum: Wireless Communications

TOM CARPENTER is the Senior Technology Analyst for Hilliard Lyons, having joined the firm in July 2000. He previously worked at CIBC Oppenheimer and the Bank of New York. His research background is primarily in telecom and technology. His focus at Hilliard Lyons is wireless technologies, and this encompasses hardware, software, infrastructure, data services, and manufacturing ' basically the entire food chain except for operators. Mr. Carpenter received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Florida and his MBA from Georgetown University. He is a member of AIMR and the New York Society of Security Analysts. Profile
THOMAS SEPENZIS joined ThinkEquity in July 2002 as a Senior Research Analyst focusing on wireless communications. Formerly, Mr. Sepenzis was a Senior Analyst at CIBC World Markets where he created the wireless Internet investment practice, published industry reports and maintained a coverage universe of mobile Internet companies. Prior to this, Mr. Sepenzis was a wireless equipment and mobile computing Research Analyst at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. He has also held positions with SoundView Technology Group and Punk, Ziegel & Knoell. Mr. Sepenzis received a BA in Psychology from New York University in 1992 Profile
NED ZACHAR is a Partner, and Director of Telecom Services in the Research Department at Thomas Weisel Partners LLC, where he covers the telecom services/cable/DBS segment. Before joining the firm, Mr. Zachar was a Senior Managing Director and the Director of High-Yield and Emerging Markets Research at NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, with primary responsibility for covering the media and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Zachar previously was associated with Bear, Stearns Inc. and Duff & Phelps Inc. During his career, Mr. Zachar has followed the wireless and wireline communications, domestic and international cable/satellites, broadcasting, outdoor advertising, publishing and leisure sectors. He was named an Institutional Investor 'Fixed-Income All-America Research Analyst' in 1995 and in 1996. Mr. Zachar, who is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Profile
KEVIN DEDE, CFA, is the Senior Vice President of Equity Research at Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. He joined the company in February 2003 as an Equity Research Analyst in wireless telecommunications. For more than 10 years prior to MCF, he held investment research positions at several investment banking companies, including Wells Fargo Securities, Montgomery Securities and Prudential Securities. Mr. Dede remains an active member of The Security Analysts of San Francisco and belongs to many telecommunications-related industry groups. Besides generating research in his previous positions, he was also a Supervisory Analyst at Wells Fargo and Montgomery, holding the Series 7, 63, 16 and 24 security licenses. Mr. Dede earned a dual BS in Marine Engineering and Nautical Science at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and won a fellowship to complete an MBA at San Francisco State University. Prior to working on Wall Street, he commanded an ocean-going tug and crew of six for four years. He has also raced bicycles against professionals at the highest amateur level and remains an avid cyclist and skier. Profile
Atkin, Jonathan
Jonathan Atkin is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets and has been a Senior Analyst at the company since 2000. His focus areas include telecom services, telecom infrastructure, wireless, satellite, Internet, hosting and colocation providers. From 2008 to 2010, the Financial Times has ranked Mr. Atkin as the number one and number three stock pickers in the telecom and wireless services sectors. Previously, he held equity research positions with Alex.Brown, Toronto Dominion and Ferris Baker Watts, covering wireless, wireline and Internet service providers. Before beginning his capital markets career, Mr. Atkin was a Senior Consultant at BIA Companies, worked in corporate strategy at Daimler-Benz AG, and was a Policy Analyst with the U.S. Congress. He has an MBA from Columbia University and a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University. Profile
TWST: Jonathan, what has gone on in the wireless communications

marketplace so far this year from a business perspective?

Mr. Atkin: I think you've seen a firming up of pricing that took