WhatsApp Calls Without Internet, Made Possible by Rwandan Student.

WhatsApp Calls Without Internet

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A Rwandan student has created a system that permits Whatsapp users to make Whatsapp Calls without internet.

Deodate Mugenzi, is an Information and Communication Technology student at the Polytechnic Regional Center in Kigali, Rwanda. He has figured out a prototype that will enable WhatsApp calls without internet usage.

Unfortunately, data is still so expensive in most parts of Africa. Also, there are still so many people who can’t afford a smartphone.

“The problem is that many people here in Rwanda and other parts of Africa cannot afford to own smartphones that enable them to use all these internet enabled services. To address this, people ought to use services that allow them to communicate using any platform that is available to them,” Mugenzi was quoted by the New Times.

Deodate came up with this idea back in 2017. All he had was his laptop, physics books, and the skills he had gathered so far in class as well as the knowledge he acquired from books on physics.

How the system works

The computer system operates using optic physics, mobile gadget communication techniques, and networking principles. It enables users of WhatsApp to directly call mobile phones. In order to use the platform, Mugenzi has to register the numbers of both the caller and the receiver on WhatsApp.

Challenges

The system cannot allow multiple calls at the same time. Mugenzi also needs more support to conduct intensive research and studies to enable him to scale up his system. He is currently partnering with the American embassy in Rwanda to offer innovative training to several young people in the country

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