But there are other, less-obvious stocks that stand to gain when the Verizon iPhone sales launch opens to the general public on Thursday morning.
Verizon, which enjoyed record sales on its first day of iPhone pre-orders last week, could impact a host of networking companies, said Mark McKechnie, a telecom equipment analyst at Gleacher & Company.
(CSCO) will tangentially benefit from the increased traffic," he told
TheStreet. "A smartphone probably uses ten times the bandwidth of a feature phone and the iPhone is at the high end of that -- Verizon is already talking about throttling back
Mike Walkley, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity, thinks that Ericsson, in particular, will benefit from Verizon increasing its network capacity, along with wireless equipment specialist Powerwave (PWAV) and Alacatel-Lucent (ALU). Alcatel-Lucent recently clinched a $4 billion contract with Verizon Wireless to support its 3G network expansion and the telco's 4G build-out. Ericsson is also working with Verizon around 4G, while Powerwave is said to provide the telecom giant with broadband antennas and amplifiers. Powerwave has not yet responded to TheStreet's request for comment on this story.
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