South Africa’s mobile data-only network operator, Rain, declared at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, that it had introduced the first 5G commercial network in South Africa in collaboration with Huawei.
Rain recently declared that with Huawei’s end-to-end 5G solutions has enable them to introduce the 5G network using its 3.6GHz spectrum.
The Chief Executive Officer, Rain, Willem Roos, declared, “The network will provide fibre-like speeds without the installation complexities, time delays and cost of laying fibre in under-serviced areas.”
Huawei has already introduced full range of 5G end-to-end product solutions, from core network, the bearer network, and base station to terminals in the beginning of 2018.
This method of sharing facilities and leveraging existing infrastructure will allow Rain to roll out the 5G network in a speedy and cost-effective way.
The President of Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Line, Shi Jilin, declared, “It is an important step to work with Rain in bringing the first 5G network construction in South Africa. With our solutions, we are committed to working with operators with our innovative solutions to build future-oriented networks for smooth evolution and migration for the maximum value out of their investment and the best user experience.”
According to the strategy, Rain will extend the 5G network to cover all the major metropolitan areas in South Africa in order to offer ultra-broadband services to homes and enterprises.
Roos concluded that Rain was eager to shape South Africa’s first large scale 5G network which could offer fast wireless Internet to more citizens.