Rain, Huawei launch first commercial 5G network in SA, and one of the first in the world
South Africa's mobile data-only network operator, Rain, has announced that it has launched the first 5G commercial network in South Africa in partnership with Huawei. Rain and Huawei made the announcement at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, Spain making it the first network to launch 5G on the African continent, and one of the first in the world.
In November 2018 Rain demonstrated its 5G capabilities in Cape Town and told ITWeb that it had plans for a commercial 5G service to be live in early 2019.
Rain now says that full commercial rollout is only planned for mid-2019 but that its 5G network is actually already live in Johannesburg at the moment. "The network will provide fibre-like speeds without the installation complexities, time delays and cost of laying fibre in under-serviced areas", said Rain group CEO Willem Roos.
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Rain is planning a full commercial rollout of its 5G network in mid-2019 but says the network is already live in Johannesburg now.