South Africa’s first 5G service provider is live, offering unlimited data at speeds of up to 700Mbps for R1,000 a month.
Rain has opened its services to the public in Johannesburg and Tshwane, after trialling it to a select group of customers in September.
The service provider plans to expand coverage to Cape Town and Durban in 2020.
According to Business Tech, Rain has 250 towers in South Africa making coverage available to 500,000 households.
Rain CEO Willem Roos told MyBroadband that by the end of 2020 it plans to have 5,000 4G sites and 700 5G sites in the country.
Customers who are already within the coverage map will need to buy the SIM and the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router R3,450 (once-off) and then perform a speed test to activate the service.
“As the ecosystem matures many more 5G devices, such as dual-SIM mobile phones, MiFis, tablets, and 5G-connected laptops, will become available at affordable cost,” Rain told MyBroadband.
While the optimal speeds may be 700Mbps, My Broadband’s speeds test came up with an average download speed of 500Mbps.
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