[South Africa, Johannesburg, September 18, 2019] Recently, South Africa's mobile data network operator rain and Huawei jointly announced the commissioning of Africa first commercial 5G network. rain has invited a select number of existing clients to experience its 5G home offering of unlimited ultra-fast 5G internet using a Huawei's 5G CPE Pro.
rain has built the 5G network using its 3.6GHz spectrum, which adopts Huawei 5G end-to-end network products and terminals to take the lead in rapidly deploying 5G networks. According to the plan of roll out, rain expects the first phase of the 5G network to cover the key areas of Johannesburg and Thswane. During 2019 and 2020 rain will will continue to deploy 5G sites, covering all major metropolitan areas in South Africa, providing ultra-broadband services to homes and businesses. In future rain hopes to roll out up to 2,000 5G sites.
rain CEO, Willem Roos, said, “rain is very pleased to launch the first 5G commercial network in South Africa. Thanks to 5G products and solutions provided by Huawei, our first invited 5G users can experience 5G ultra-high speed broadband service at home. rain will further co-operate with Huawei to accelerate the 5G commercial deployment.”
Yang Chaobin, the president of Huawei 5G product line, said: " 5G is on the stage of large scale deployment in 2019, Huawei provides a Full-Scenarios 5G Simplified Solution to help operators rapidly deploy 5G commercial networks. Huawei is willing to continue to work with rain and all industry partners to bring the ultimate experience to users and jointly promote 5G commercialisation and business success."