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The Bedford Report

November 09, 2011 08:16 ET

Telecom Dividends Likely to Remain Strong as New Revenue Drivers Emerge

The Bedford Report Provides Investment Research on Verizon and Windstream

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 9, 2011) - With the markets showing continued signs of volatility, investors are looking for safe havens. Dividend paying stocks traditionally get attention during hectic times in the market as investors are more likely to believe in the company's security and real earnings power. Several telecom companies offer dividend yields exceeding six percent, and most can maintain these hefty dividends due to their stable revenues. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom sector and provides equity research on Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Several domestic telecom operators are funding projects to deploy 4G networks of WiMAX and Long-Term Evolution (LTE). Presently, 19 LTE networks are commercially operational throughout the world.

Meanwhile, the US Government's Broadband Stimulus Program has received significant acceptance among rural carriers. President Obama has endorsed a wireless spectrum hike plan proposed by FCC, which will nearly double the currently available spectrum for wireless broadband services and increase Internet connectivity.

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Verizon Communications announced that its third-quarter profit more than doubled as the carrier's growth in contract wireless subscribers outpaced rivals. In its wireless segment, Verizon kept adding more high-paying subscribers than rival AT&T Inc. But similar to AT&T, it was hurt by the delayed launch of the new iPhone model, and missed analyst expectations for the number of new subscribers on contract-based plans. Presently Verizon pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share for a yield of around 5.4 percent.

Presently Windstream pays an annual dividend of one dollar per share for a hefty yield of approximately 8.2 percent. Windstream said Monday that it is planning a private offering of $500 million of senior notes that will mature in 2022. Windstream plans to use the net proceeds to redeem $201.5 million of its outstanding 8.625 percent senior notes due in 2016 and to repay borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

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