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The 25 Highest Yielding Telecoms

By Jordan DiPietro - Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 12:15PM

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These are the 25 telecom stocks with the highest dividends.

It seems as though interest rates are going to be staying quite low, at least for the foreseeable future, which means investors should get used to paltry returns from treasuries and their favorite FDIC-insured savings accounts.

In order to battle those low yields, investors have one great investing advantage working in their favor: dividend yields look extraordinarily high right now. In addition, it seems like dividends are coming back in vogue, as their potential for growth as well as income are enticing investors back to the table.

In order to help you in your quest for high returns, I've ran a screen for telecom companies that trade on U.S. exchanges, that have a market cap of at least $300 million, and that pay a solid dividend. Below are the highest 25 yielders, in rank order:

Company

Dividend Yield

Market Cap (billions)

Cellcom Israel (NYSE: CEL)

13.3%

$2.84

Partner Communications (Nasdaq: PTNR)

12.7%

$2.63

Tele Norte Leste Participacoes (NYSE: TNE)

12.5%

$5.36

Telecomunicacoes de Sao Paulo (NYSE: TSP)

12.3%

$10.40

Telecom of New Zealand (NYSE: NZT)

11.6%

$2.76

Magyar Telekom (NYSE: MTA)

11%

$3.14

Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR)

9.6%

$7.58

AlaskaCommunication Systems (Nasdaq: ALSK)

9.4%

$0.40

Consolidated Communications (Nasdaq: CNSL)

9.1%

$0.50

Philippine Long Distance (NYSE: PHI)

8.9%

$10.11

Windstream (NYSE: WIN)

8.7%

$5.49

FranceTelecom (NYSE: FTE)

8.6%

$54.88

Hellenic Telecommunications (NYSE: OTE)

8.2%

$3.84

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL)

8%

$10.92

Telefonica (NYSE: TEF)

7.9%

$102.26

Portugal Telecom (NYSE: PT)

6.7%

$9.61

NTELOS Holdings (Nasdaq: NTLS)

6.6%

$0.69

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)

6.3%

$83.56

AT&T (NYSE: T)

6.2%

$156.88

Chunghwa Telecom (NYSE: CHT)

5.7%

$19.43

BCE, Inc. (NYSE: BCE)

5.7%

$23.24

Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q)

5.6%

$9.81

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD)

5.4%

$124.39

City Telecom HK (Nasdaq: CTEL)

5.3%

$0.42

Telefonos de Mexico (NYSE: TMX)

5.2%

$13.68

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

While these stocks are a great place to start your research, don't forget to do your own due diligence. Dividends are a fantastic investment, but they can also be dangerous -- remember to check out payout ratios and the debt profile of each company to help ensure whatever investment you make will pan out over the long-run.

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Jordan DiPietro owns shares of Telefonica. Cellcom Israel is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick. France Telecom, Philippine Long Distance Telephone, and Partner Communications are Motley Fool Income Investor selections. The Fool owns shares of Telefonica. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Stocks Mentioned

Frontier Communications Corporation Stock Quote
Frontier Communications Corporation
FTR
Spark New Zealand Limited Stock Quote
Spark New Zealand Limited
SPKKY
$16.34 (-1.72%) $0.28
Partner Communications Company Ltd. Stock Quote
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
PTNR
$8.60 (-1.15%) $0.10
Cellcom Israel Ltd. Stock Quote
Cellcom Israel Ltd.
CEL
$5.90 (-1.67%) $0.10
Telefônica Brasil S.A. Stock Quote
Telefônica Brasil S.A.
VIV
Verizon Communications Inc. Stock Quote
Verizon Communications Inc.
VZ
$44.34 (0.33%) $0.14
AT&T Inc. Stock Quote
AT&T Inc.
T
$18.42 (-0.07%) $0.01
Lumen Technologies Stock Quote
Lumen Technologies
LUMN
$11.09 (0.45%) $0.05
Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. Stock Quote
Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A.
HLTOY
$8.50 (-0.18%) $0.01
BCE Inc. Stock Quote
BCE Inc.
BCE
$50.77 (0.41%) $0.20
Telefónica, S.A. Stock Quote
Telefónica, S.A.
TEF
$4.26 (-1.50%) $0.07
Orange Stock Quote
Orange
ORAN
$10.38 (-0.38%) $0.04
Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. Stock Quote
Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.
ALSK
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. Stock Quote
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
CNSL
$6.25 (-1.11%) $0.07
Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. Stock Quote
Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.
CHT
$40.42 (-0.91%) $0.37
PLDT Inc. Stock Quote
PLDT Inc.
PHI
$30.39 (-0.10%) $0.03

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