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In Brief; Telefonica launches big data business 

Telefonica this week launched a new business unit tasked with capitalising on big data.Called Luca, the division will have three main lines of business.Business Insights will provide enterprises with anonymous, aggregated data collected by Telefonica's networks.Synergic Partners, a big data specialist acquired by Telefonica in late 2015, will be responsible for delivering Luca's analytical and consultancy services.Finally, Luca will also offer big data as a service (BdaaS), giving enterprises the means to make
better use of their own data, using Telefonica's cloud infrastructure.

***Telia Company swung to a net loss during the third quarter due to a provision it made for a settlement proposed by U.S. and Dutch authorities investigating its Uzbekistan business.In mid-September, the Sweden-based telco revealed it had been asked to pay $1.4 billion (€1.25 billion) to settle probes into allegations of bribery linked to its entry into Uzbekistan in 2007.As such, Telia accounted for the sum – equal to 12.5 billion kronor – in its third-quarter financials, causing it to swing to a net loss of SEK8.64 billion, compared to a year-earlier profit of SEK5.02 billion.

***The gloom surrounding Ericsson shows no signs of abating, after the vendor on Friday said it expects weaker than normal sales growth going into the fourth quarter.The downbeat outlook came as the Swedish kit maker announced it swung to a net loss during the third quarter.Ericsson has been struggling lately as economic weakness in Latin America, Russia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa has taken its toll on sales of network equipment. This negative development accelerated in the third quarter and had a negative effect on both mobile broadband coverage and capacity sales in these markets. In addition, capacity sales in Europe were lower than a year ago After issuing a third-quarter profit warning last week, Ericsson published full quarterly results that showed it swung to a net loss



***China Unicom ended September with 262.074 million mobile billing subscribers, registering a net addition of 9.757 million in the first nine months of 2016. The number of 4G subscribers reached 88.906 million, representing a net addition of 44.750 million in the 9-month period. For September alone, the net addition of 4G subscribers amounted to 6.054 million. Mobile billing subscriber ARPU was CNY 47.During the first three quarters of 2016, mobile service revenue turned around its decline and grew by 0.1 percent year-on-year, which showed ongoing improvement from the decline of 0.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of this year. In the first three quarters of 2016, the Group’s service revenue reached CNY 182.7 billion, up by 1.7 percent year-on-year.

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