Comsol Networks, a South African telecoms operator backed by Convergence Partners, has launched a trial 5G network in Soweto, set to run until the end of 2018, TechCentral writes. Using the company’s spectrum in the 28GHz band, the fixed-wireless network was built in partnership with Samsung Electronics, showcasing download speeds of up to 1.8Gbps. The pilot network utilises Samsung’s 5G solutions, with Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) providing fibre backhaul and MWEB acting as the ISP. It consists of two 5G fixed-wireless base stations connected to 10Gbps fibre backhaul connections (and backed up with microwave backhaul). Comsol CEO Iain Stevenson said Comsol and Samsung plan to launch a commercial 5G network in South Africa by the end of 2019.