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This excerpt taken from the TEF 20-F filed Apr 12, 2006.

Incentive Plans

     Our TIES Program, which was tied to the market value of our shares, expired on February 15, 2005. At the commencement of the TIES plan, eligible employees were able to subscribe for shares at the discounted price of €5 per share. The number of shares an eligible employee was able to subscribe for in the initial allocation was based on such employee’s wage level. As part of the initial allocation, we offered 1,197,880 shares, of which 1,123,072 were subscribed. These shares became freely transferable when the TIES plan expired on February 15, 2005. In June 2005, we canceled 34,760,964 of our ordinary shares held as treasury stock which related to the expired TIES Program.

     Our subsidiary, Telefónica Móviles, S.A. has also established its own compensation plan tied to the market price of its shares.

     As a result of the merger of Telefónica, S.A. and Terra Networks, S.A., Telefónica, S.A. assumed responsibility for Terra Networks S.A.’s outstanding share option plans. Consequently, the options to acquire Terra Networks, S.A. shares were automatically converted into options to acquire Telefónica, S.A. shares in accordance with the exchange ratio for the merger. The plan provides, through the exercise of the share options by their holders, for the ownership of a portion of the capital of Telefónica, S.A. by the employees and executives who previously belonged the Terra Networks Group companies. At December 31, 2005, a total of 117,900 call options on Telefónica, S.A. shares had been assigned to such persons. Following the consummation of the merger, the weighted average strike price for such options was €28.28 per share.


     In order to satisfy certain obligations in connection with our acquisition in 2000 of Endemol Entertainment Holdings, N.V., in April 2001 our Board of Directors approved the establishment of a new stock option plan, which we refer to as the “EN-SOP program”, that is open to all permanent employees of Endemol Entertainment N.V. and its affiliated companies at January 1, 2001 who do not participate in a similar compensation plan. As part of the EN-SOP program, we delivered to each eligible employee who was employed at Endemol Entertainment N.V. on January 1 of 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 a variable number of options to purchase shares of Telefónica, S.A. based on such employee’s level and salary.

     The options expire four years from their respective date of grant and may be exercised in equal amounts beginning in the third and fourth years from such date of grant. We issued options to acquire an aggregate of 8,228,360 shares pursuant to the plan. The total number of options granted each year pursuant to the plan was determined by dividing €27.5 million by the exercise price, which price was equal to the weighted average of the price per ordinary share of Telefónica, S.A. on the automated quotation system of the Spanish stock exchanges during the five trading days prior to the meeting of the Board of Directors which convened the relevant annual shareholders’ meeting. The options issued pursuant to this plan have exercise prices ranging from €19.28 to €9.03 per share.


     The EN-SOP program is subject to anti-dilution and other provisions customary for stock option plans of this type and to the condition that the participant not terminate his or her employment voluntarily and unilaterally prior to the exercise date.

  Please see “—Directors and Senior Management” above.
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