Telefónica I+D (Investigación y Desarrollo) is the innovation company of the Telefónica Group. Founded in 1988, it contributes to the Group’s competitiveness and modernity through technological innovation, and developing advanced products and services. It is the largest private R+D centre in Spain, and is the most active company in Europe in terms of European research projects in the ICT sector.
Relevant expertise / know-how: TID has participated in programs like RACE I, RACE II, ESPRIT II, ESPRIT III, TEN-IBS, TEN-ISDN, CTS, COST, EURESCOM, BRITE, ACTS, IST, Ten-Telecom, e-Ten, e-Content, EUREKA (ITEA, MEDEA & CELTIC. It currently collaborates with technological leaders and numerous organisations in 42 different countries – among which figure more than 150 universities located in different parts of the world. It also participates in the most important international forums on technological know-how, thus creating one of the largest innovation ecosystems in the ICT sector. Products such as the public phones in the booths currently used by Telefónica (1990), the large fixed and mobile network management systems (1990), data switches (1991), Internet access services (1996), developments for digital homes and connected cars (2000), the prepaid system for mobile phones (1999), interactive a la carte digital television (Imagenio) (2004), new services for television and the new business models on Internet (2006)… are just some of the projects the company has worked on. Over the last few years, within the global market Telefónica I+D has grown to become a network of centres of technological excellence extending its R+D activities to offices situated in Barcelona, Granada, Huesca, Madrid, Valladolid, São Paulo (Brazil) and Mexico, while working for the companies in the Telefónica Group in the rest of Europe, America and Asia. In addition to the numerous technical awards it has won since its foundation, the company received the Príncipe Felipe Award for Business Excellence in 2002.
- David Ortega Abad