Etisalat Nigeria Officially Confirms Brand Name Change

Good morning. 

1. Of transformations and new identities  9Mobile has been officially confirmed by EMTS, which formerly traded as Etisalat Nigeria, as its new trading name. (The transformation is already in place, considering the string of promotional messages I received in the past twenty hours, tethered to the new name.)

+ The re-branding is essentially a placeholder and doesn’t hold up as an effective long-term plan until a more direct play like, say, an acquisition, happens.

2.  Of riots and demands – Uber and metered taxi drivers in South Africa got into fistcuffs yesterday after the latter demanded that Uber taxis be made to comply with the same regulations that they are forced to. This might also have been fuelled by the passing of the Uber driver (on Monday) whose car was set alight by metered taxi riders a month ago.

3. Of government and relations – The Kaduna State Government has signed a deal with Microsoft to deploy an e-government platform for intra-governmental relations between MDAs in its continued push for “e-governance” (they have held a series of internet-focused forums in the past few months).


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Check these out…

+ Read this, on why Fintech startups are finding it hard to disrupt large banks.

+ The Standard Organization of Nigeria shut down the premises of Samsung West Africa in Lagos for registration infraction. Link

+ Timi Ajiboye built an open-source Twitter client for Mac, aptly called Another Twitter, which is still nascent and most likely buggy, so download it and shoot him some feedback.

+ Machine learning in Nigeria… today. Link

+ It’s time to stop using AI as a marketing gimmick. Link

+ Everything you need to know about 4G LTE in Nigeria. Link 


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