In addition to hiking its dividend, AT&T (T -2.9%) says it plans to spend $22B on capex each...

|By:, SA News Editor

In addition to hiking its dividend, AT&T (T -2.9%) says it plans to spend $22B on capex each of the next 3 years, up from 2011's $19B-$20B. $8B will be spent on building AT&T's 4G LTE network, which trails Verizon (VZ -1.5%) in terms of coverage, and $6B on expanding its wireline broadband network. AT&T is also guiding for mid-single-digit annual EPS growth over this time. Capex-starved telecom equipment/component names are rallying. CIEN +11.2%. ADTN +8.1%. APKT +5.8%. JNPR +2.1%. JDSU +6.8%. ALU +2.5%. (investor day: webcast, slides)