Rain 5G network launched in Cape Town, coverage in more metros planned

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Mobile operator Rain has launched its 5G network in Cape Town following the launch of the service in Gauteng in November 2019.

The Rain 5G network in Cape Town will go live on Saturday (18 July). Residents will be able to choose between the operator’s Standard (R699 per month) and Premium Unlimited (R999 per month) 5G packages.

The Standard package will limit speeds at 30Mbps and allow a single HD video stream. Premium users will experience speeds exceeding 200Mbps and multiple HD video streams.

Users can opt for month-to-month subscription on both packages, which both come with free 5G routers.

Rain 5G coming to more metros

Speaking at the launch, Rain’s chief marketing officer Khaya Dlanga said the operator is planning to launch 5G in more metros across South Africa in the next 18 months.

“By rolling out the most affordable 5G unlimited products in the market, Rain is playing its part in building the 5G ecosystem in the country,” he said.

The company has also added more 5G sites in Gauteng over the past few months to expand its coverage, Dlanga added.

Businessman Patrice Motsepe’s Africa Rainbow Capital (ARC), which partly owns Rain, said in an update in June that the operator had 447 5G towers in South Africa as of April 2020. It aims to ramp this up to 1,500 by December 2021.

ARC added, “Ultimately, more than 2,000 5G towers in larger metro areas throughout South Africa is planned, bringing ultra-fast broadband connections to homes and small businesses at affordable cost.”

Rain 5G coverage in Cape Town

Rain has a coverage map on its website which users, including those in Cape Town, can easily check whether or not their areas have Rain 5G by adding their location.

According to the map, the following areas are the first to have Rain 5G in Cape Town: CBD, Green Point, Sea Point, Bloubergstrand, Durbanville, Bellville, Goodwood, Parow, Pinelands, Claremont, Lansdowne, Ottery, Plumstead, Grassy Park and Kirstenhof.

To check Rain 5G coverage in you area, check the map on Rain’s website here.

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