May 19, 2020

Teta Mobile Chat to rival WhatsApp with app that runs without data or airtime

social media Africa
Teta Mobile Chat
instant messaging Africa
Lisa Phendla
Polycarp Kazaresam
2 min
Teta Mobile Chat to rival WhatsApp with app that runs without data or airtime

Teta Mobile Chat, an instant messaging and social media app, is likely to become a major rival in Africa to WhatsApp, the world’s most popular social media app. Unlike WhatsApp and many other messaging apps, Teta allows users to chat, send and receive files without incurring any form of mobile data charges.

Hit Teknology reported that Teta users can operate without any data or airtime so long as they access the service through a participating network provider. The app is currently available to smartphone users on Vodacom in South Africa.

Teta was invented by Lisa Phendla and Themba Moyo.

“Right now, [electronic] communication is a privilege,” Phendla said. “This is our attempt to solve an African problem, which is the cost of communication.”

Moyo added that once Teta becomes established in South Africa, it will use advertising revenue to expand to other countries in the regin by targeting teleocom operators like the MTN Group.

At the moment, US-based WhatsApp is used more than any other instant messaging app n Africam but competitor like WeChat (China’s biggest internet -based mobile messaging platform) are increasing their share of the market.

With apps like WeChat and Teta expanding, many African governments a becoming wary of social media and messaging apps, and are attempting to regulate access.

Built on a Vodacom-developed platform, the app is currently being used by Absa Bank to allow the user to access banking services without needing an airtime or a data plan. It is currently available for download in Google’s Play Store and will be on Apple’s App Store in 2017. 
 

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SOURCE: [AFK Insider]

 

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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