Rain, an internet data services company in South Africa, announced on the 20th of July, 2020, that they were launching an independent Standalone (SA) 5G network in partnership with Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
This newly released 5G network is built on Rain’s own sites, and is available currently in Cape Town, hence helping many areas of Cape Town – Sea Point, Claremont, Goodwood, Bellville, Durbanville, Cape Town City Centre, etc – to improve their online presence.
Rain CMO Khaya Dlanga was quoted to have said: “5G SA network will bring further 5G network performance improvement, including shorter service delay, higher upstream rate, and network reliability, users can experience more smooth high-end cloud VR, cloud game business, more Richer enterprise services and more attractive wireless home broadband services.”
Huawei reports that this brand-new 5G service will be of paramount importance in the development of South Africa since it “…supports advanced network-slicing functions and mobile edge computing(MEC)…” and will be standing on the shoulders of Huawei’s Converged Core Solution and Massive MIMO technologies. Here.
Greater role of private sector
This is a great step towards realizing the 4IR plan (Fourth Industrial Revolution) that is fronted in South Africa today. Communications Minister Stella Nbadeni-Abrahams says government policy is in place and it is time for the private sector to help ensure the digital economy benefits all. Here.
Rain CMO Dlanga added to his statement explaining that this move will help increase the user’s uplink speed and provide a good foundation for network services. Medical care, smart ports, smart mines, smart factories, smart agriculture and other fields will promote South Africa’s move towards the glorious future.
Rain is looking to cooperate with Huawei to include the entirety of Cape Town and Johannesburg into the 5G internet ideal. “We will work with the trustworthy strategic partner to further expand our 5G networks and bring the best service and experience to our customers”, Rain CMO Dlanga concluded.