Tuse App, an Android application that makes use of the Wi-Fi component on a smartphone device, allows you to send text messages, make phone calls and transfer data on the network created and does not need traditional wireless infrastructure to work.
"Tuse has the ability to have 'multi hop' communication. Fully encrypted information and calls are transferred between the sender and recipient by 'hopping' from device to device," said Sabelo Sibanda, co-founder of Tuse.
Co-founder, Thulisile Volwana, is from the rural areas and every time she visited home, she discovered that connecting to the internet was difficult, this lead Sabelo and herself to develop a solution that could meet the need experienced in remote areas.
Tuse makes communications technologies available in places with little to no signal through the deployment of wireless mesh networks. A wireless mesh network is a communications network created through the connection of wireless access points at or near a user's locale.
"As entrepreneurs we need to take full responsibility for our success, because nobody will do it for us and failure is part of the process therefore we should learn to fail forward," said Sabelo.
The communication network will not only assist people with staying connected but also with access to learning materials from educator to students. Schools and institutions for higher learning can use this technology to attain information and to have a basic internet connection.
Tuse was founded in July 2015, and was one of the first incubatees in the newly-established Propella business incubator based in Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Visit their website for more information.