Huawei Partners with South Africa’s to Launch First 5G Networks in the Country
A South African mobile data only network operator, Rain, in partnership with Huawei, the leading global ICT solutions provider, has launched the first 5G commercial network in the country. The move makes South Africa one of the first countries globally and in Africa to launch 5G, the latest generation of cellular mobile communications.
The announcement was made at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) event in Barcelona, Spain, which comes to a close on 28th February, 2019.
In the continent, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria have been the leading Mobile Network innovators maintaining head to head rollout of 3G, 4G and related high speed network solutions. Now South Africa has taken the lead with its 5G rollout.
With Huawei’s end-to-end 5G solutions, Rain has been able to build the 5G network using its 3.6GHz spectrum. In the first phase of roll out, rain has deployed a number of 5G sites in key areas in Johannesburg.
The Chief Executive Officer, Rain, Willem Roos said “The network will provide fiber-like speeds without the installation complexities, time delays and cost of laying fiber in under-serviced areas.”
Huawei has already launched full range of 5G end-to-end product solutions, from core network, the bearer network, and base station to terminals in the beginning of 2018. The company launched 5G phones at MWC 2019.
Apart from deploying new base stations, Huawei’s solutions enable Rain to fully leverage its existing LTE network and allocated spectrum for 5G deployment. This approach of sharing facilities and leveraging existing infrastructure will enable rain to roll out the 5G network in a quick and cost-effective manner.
President of Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Line, Shi Jilin explained “It is an important step to work with rain in bringing the first 5G network construction in South Africa. With our solutions, we are committed to working with operators with our innovative solutions to build future-oriented networks for smooth evolution and migration for the maximum value out of their investment and the best user experience”
Following the agreement, Rain will continue to expand the 5G network to cover all the major metropolitan areas in South Africa with 5G networks to provide ultra-broadband services to homes and enterprises.
Roos concluded “Rain is excited to build South Africa’s first large scale 5G networks which can provide fast wireless internet to more citizens. We are supportive of President Ramaphosa’s investment drive in the country and hope to contribute to readying South Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”