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Rain 5G goes public in South Africa

November 11, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

Rain has officially opened its 5G network to the South African public. The up-and-coming network provider announced on Monday, 11 November 2019, that its unlimited 5G offering gives consumers data at speeds of up to 700Mbps for just R1000 per month.

Image sourced from My Broadband.

Rain initially launched in its 5G service to a select number of commercial consumers in September – now, it’s network is open to anyone who has 5G compatible devices and falls within specific areas on its 5G coverage map. Areas include Johannesburg and Tshwane with an estimated coverage of 500,000 households.

The company says it hopes to expand its network to both Cape Town and Durban in 2020 and in ultimately cover all South Africa’s metropolitan areas. Rain CEO Willem Roos said that by the end of 2020 they plan to have 5,000 4G sites and 700 5G sites in South Africa.

Rain CMO, Khaya Dlanga, says Rain has witnessed speeds approaching “700Mbps in ideal conditions”. However, My Broadband reports that real-world conditions will see 5G subscribers experiencing speeds of around 200Mbps.

South African’s who want to get their hands on the 5G offering can now order the service directly from Rain’s website – but not before making sure that they fall within a coverage zone. There is currently only one standard offering available which includes a Huawei 5G CPE Pro Router for the once-off price of R3450 and access to the 5G network for R1000 per month.

Edited by Jenna Cook

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