Rain, Nokia announce launch of commercial-ready 5G network in Cape Town

28 Feb 2019

South African operator Rain and Nokia have announced the launch of what they claim is ‘the country’s first commercial-ready 5G network in Cape Town’, following the deployment of the first 5G site in November 2018. In addition, Nokia and Rain have agreed to collaborate on deploying the 5G network with Nokia’s end-to-end 5G solutions including optical fronthaul transport products and its Fixed Wireless Access FastMile 5G Gateway, which uses 3GPP compliant 5G New Radio. The rollout of the infrastructure – which utilises 3600MHz spectrum and Massive MIMO technology – will continue through 2020 and extend coverage to more areas. Later this year the network will also support a variety of 5G use cases, once commercial 5G end-user devices become available.

South Africa, Nokia, Rain (Multisource/WBS)