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History

 

Telefónica is the result of more than 90 years of anticipation and transformation...

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2013 - 2016

  • Sale of 40% of Telefónica’s stake in Centroamérica (2013)
  • Sale of Telefónica Czech Republic (2014)
  • New totally customer-centred organization (2014)
  • Acquisition of E-Plus in Germany (2014)
  • Sale of Telefónica Ireland (2014)
  • Acquisition of DTS (Canal+) in Spain (2014) 1
  • Acquisition of GVT in Brazil (2014) 1
  • Sale of Telecom Italia’s stake (2014)
  • Sale of 2.5% stake in China Unicom (2014) 2
  • Appointment of José María Álvarez-Pallete as Executive Chairman of Telefónica (2016)

 

1. Operation is subject to obtaining the relevant regulatory approval.

2. The stake in China Unicom has been reduced to 2.51%.


2010 - 2012

  • Acquisition of Hansenet in Germany, Jajah in Israel and Tuenti in Spain (2010)
  • Control of Vivo obtained by buying PT stake out of Brasilcel (2010)
  • Mobile license awarded in Costa Rica (2011)
  • T.Digital and TGR creation (2011)
  • Sale of 4.56% stake in China Unicom (2012)
  • IPO Telefónica Deutschland (2012)
  • Sale of Atento (2012)

2006 - 2009

  • Acquisition of the O2 assets in the UK, Germany and Ireland (2006)
  • Mobile license awarded in Slovakia (2006)
  • 51% stake taken in Colombia Telecom (2006)
  • Industrial alliance with Telecom Italia (10.47% of the voting rights) (2007)
  • Acquisition of Telemig by Vivo in Brazil (2008)
  • Reaches a 5.38% participation in China Unicom after the CUCNC merger (2008)
  • Strengthening of the strategic alliance with China Unicom (2009)

2000 - 2005

  • Veronica Operation: Telefónica de Argentina; Telefónica del Perú; Telesp and Tele Sudeste in Brazil (2000)
  • Joint venture of Telefónica and Portugal Telecom in Brazil: Vivo (2003)
  • Launches Imagenio (2003)
  • Acquisition of BellSouth's assets in Latin America (2004)
  • Acquisition of Cesky Telecom (2005)
  • Takes a 5% stake in China Netcom (2005)

1995 - 1999

  • Commercial Internet is being born. Telefónica launches Infovía (1995)
  • First partial sale of the Spanish government’s stake (1995)
  • Wins the tender for Telesp in Brazil (1998)
  • Telefónica becomes fully public again (1999)
  • Launches fixed broadband access service ADSL (1999)

1990 - 1994

  • Enters in Chile (CTC) and in Argentina (TASA) (1990)
  • Launches MoviLine (1990), the analogue mobile service, reaching a geographic coverage of 98% in three years.
  • Enters in Peru (TdP) (1994)
  • Launches digital mobile telephony: Movistar (1994)

1965 - 1989

  • Satellite communications are initiated (1967)
  • Starts operations of the 1st European Data Transmission Special Network (1971)
  • Installs the 10 millionth phone (1978)
  • Begins trading at the New York Stock Exchange (1987)
  • Takes part in Hispasat constitution (1989)

1924 - 1964

  • CTNE is set up in Madrid; ITT is one of its initial shareholders (1924)
  • The Spanish government takes 79.6% of CTNE shares (1945)
  • CTNE becomes the #1 Spanish enterprise (100,000 shareholders, 32,000 employees) (1960)

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