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Huawei Partners with SA Telecom, Rain to launch Africa’s First Commercial 5G Service

South African telecom company, Rain, has recently launched a commercial 5G wireless home broadband service. This makes them the first telecommunications operator in Africa to commercialise the 5G broadband.

Speaking on the launch of the new uncapped 5G broadband, Rain chief marketing officer, Khaya Dlanga said the new 5G offers unlimited ultra-fast internet at speeds up to 700Mbit/s.

“Rain 5G for home offers unlimited ultra-fast Internet. You will get speeds of up to 700Mbit/s,”

Khaya Dlanga, Chief Marketing Offiicer Rain

Rain revealed that the wireless 5G service is aimed at home broadband users and is only available in certain areas in Johannesburg and Pretoria for now. It plans to expand to Cape Town, Durban and other major metros by 2020.

Rain sim, 5G

 

Dlanga said that over the next few weeks more homes will gain 5G services allowing everyone to stream without worrying about data usage.

 “In the next couple of weeks, Rain will open up the offer to all homes and small businesses within the coverage area of Johannesburg and Tshwane. The state-of-the-art 5G home router will connect all your family’s devices with the latest Wi-Fi (technology), allowing everyone to stream as much as they like without worrying about data usage.”

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Khaya Dlanga, Chief Marketing Offiicer Rain

Huawei leading the 5G drive

Huawei has invested more than $4 billion and a decade in the development of the technologies behind its 5G equipment. The advancement and result achieved have made Hauwei undisputedly a 5G champion.

A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, credit: REUTERS

Huawei’s role in the global 5G market was thrown into question when it was blacklisted by the U.S. government banning major U.S. tech companies from trading with them.

However, in a recent twist, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told the Economist that the company was willing to share with western buyers despite receiving the brunt of U.S. trade war with China.

This means that Huawei is open to having rivals as buyers will have access to Huawei’s existing 5G patents, licences, code, technical blueprints and product knowledge for a one-time fee.

 

In February, Rain revealed that it had partnered with Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant and leading 5G company, to help develop its 5G infrastructure.

According to the company, the new 5G network it has built uses technology from China’s Huawei together with its spectrum allocation in the 3.6GHz radio frequency spectrum band.

 

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