South African mobile data network operator, Rain, will launch a new 5G wireless network in South Africa. Paul Harris, its president, unveiled the information at the investment conference in South Africa, which was held from 25 to 27 October 2018 in Johannesburg. The first application of Rain’s 5G network will be to provide very high-speed services to individuals and SMEs.
Given the scarcity of the frequency spectrum, Rain will use the one currently allocated to them to exploit his LTE network. The company will use the existing 3.6 GHz band to build the 5G network with technical support from its partners Huawei and Nokia.
The company stated, “The network will provide fibre-like speeds without the installation complexities, time delays and cost of laying fibre in under-serviced areas.”
Through this approach of sharing facilities and leveraging existing infrastructure, Rain wants to reduce expenses to maximize gains. Rain’s 5G network will eventually cover a wide range of new applications such as the Internet of Things, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.