Telefónica is one of the world leaders integrated operator in the telecommunication sector, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions, with presence in Europe, Africa and Latin America. It operates in 25 countries As of September 2010, Telefónica’s total number of customers amounted to 281.8 millions. Telefónica’s growth strategy is focused on the markets in which it has a strong foothold: Spain, Europe and Latin America.
The Group stands in fourth position in the sector Telco worldwide in terms of market capitalisation the 1st as an European integrated operator and in the second position in the Eurostoxx 50 ranking, composed of the major companies in Europe (September 30th 2010).
Telefónica is a 100% private company. It has more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its capital traded on the continuous market on the Spanish Stock Exchanges (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those of London, Tokyo, New York, Lima, Buenos Aires and São Paulo.
Telefónica has one of the most international profiles in the sector with more than 60% of its business outside its home market and a reference point in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking market.
In 2009, Telefónica’s shareholders were rewarded with a total return of 29.5%, making Telefónica a leader in terms of shareholder return rates.
In Spain, the Group has over 80 years experience since its constitution in 1924, providing services to more than 47.3 million customers at September 2010. In Latin America, Telefónica gives service to more than 179.1 million customers as of the end of September 2010 becoming the leader operator in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru and has substantial operations in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. In Europe, on top of the Spanish operations, the Company has operating companies in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia, providing services to more than 55.2 million customers as of the end of September 2010.