Sustainable innovation

One more year, we stand as the benchmark in private innovation in Spain with a total of 577 patents granted. In addition, we are, once again, the fourth largest telco in the world that invests in innovation and the second in Europe, according to the 2016 EU Industrial R & D Investment Scoreboard report of the European Commission.

The internal innovation is developed through Telefónica I + D and its network of centers of technological excellence, currently focused mainly on Big Data, Internet of Things, Innovation in the Network and transparency.


We define sustainable innovation as an innovation whose main objective is to address a social or environmental challenge, generating an economic return for the business.

Our goal is for this innovation to be fully integrated into the processes and life cycle of the solutions we offer, as an intrinsic part of our innovation model.

To advance, we work in these lines of action:

  • Internal sensitization, with special emphasis in the areas of Innovation, to incorporate criteria of sustainability in all the processes and solutions that we develop.
  • Investment in new initiatives and ideas that, in addition to generating a positive impact on society or the environment, are a commercial opportunity for Telefónica.
  • Evaluation of "sustainable" commercial solutions of our portfolio to be able to put it in value.


Telefónica's In_Prendedores programs already incorporate sustainable innovation challenges



Connected societies

We lead projects to bring communications services to all areas - including remote and difficult access environments - in an efficient and sustainable way, with new technologies or business models.

Protect the planet

We have solutions based on IoT and Big Data to optimize the use of natural resources, help curb climate change and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

Sustainable societies

We drive smart cities solutions, collaborative economy, open government, smart mobility, health ... to achieve a more humane development and better quality of life.