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Movistar is a major mobile phone operator owned by Telefónica Móviles. It operates in Spain and in many Latin American countries. Many Movistar networks were acquired from BellSouth.

The Movistar name has been in use in Spain since the launch of GSM services in 1995. After purchasing Bellsouth mobile operations branch in South America, the name became effective worldwide on April 5, 2005.

After the purchase of O2 in 2005 by Telefónica S.A., the company announced that the O2 brand would continue to be used in the UK, Germany and the Republic of Ireland, as a separate branch with its own board and management structure. Eurotel in the Czech Republic was rebranded as Telefónica O2 Czech Republic, as opposed to Telefónica Móvistar.

It is the biggest carrier in Spain with 22 million customers (cellphone services only) and it also has the widest coverage in Spain.[citation needed] It offers GSM 900/1800 MHz (2G), UMTS 2100 MHz (3G) and HSDPA (3.5G) services.

Its principal competitor in Latin America is America Movil, which markets its services under the following brands: Claro, Telcel, Porta and Comcel


Countries where Telefónica Móviles operates wireless networks under the Movistar brand

  • Argentina (formerly Telefónica Unifón and Movicom BellSouth)
  • Chile (formerly Telefónica Móvil and BellSouth)
  • Colombia (formerly BellSouth)
  • Ecuador (formerly BellSouth)
  • El Salvador (Formerly Telefónica Móviles or Telefonica MoviStar)
  • Guatemala (formerly Telefónica MoviStar and BellSouth)
  • Mexico (formerly Cedetel, Bajacel, Movitel, Norcel and Pegaso)
  • Nicaragua (formerly BellSouth)
  • Panama (formerly BellSouth)
  • Peru (formerly Telefónica Móviles and BellSouth)
  • Spain (formerly Telefónica MoviStar)
  • Uruguay (formerly Movicom)
  • Venezuela (formerly Telcel Bellsouth)

Countries where Telefónica Móviles has networks under other brands

Countries where Telefónica has networks under other brands

Mobile broadband

Movistar modems includes [1]:


The 1983 song "Walking on Sunshine" by the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 winners, Katrina and the Waves, has been used by Telefónica to announce the unification of all its operation brands (Telefonica MoviStar, Bellsouth, Unifon, Telefonica Moviles, Telefonica Movil, Movicom) in Latin America and Spain under the movistar brand. It happened after the takeover of BellSouth's Latin America division.1. Movistar uses the New Radicals´hit "You Get What You Give" in all forms of audiovisual advertisement.

Mobistar, a network with a similar name to Movistar offers mobile telephony services in Belgium but is not related to the Movistar brand.

See also

  • Moviline, Telefónica Móviles old analog network


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