It will be an interesting year for Rain, who are continuing their aggressive push to become the leading commercial 5G operator in the country. They are going to build an additional 1,500 5G towers before the end of 2021, with many of those being delivered this year.
From July 18th, 2020 the Rain 5G network is available in various parts of Cape Town, with more expansions in the area planned for the future. You can see the coverage map below with 5G coverage being in dark blue – it includes areas like Bloubergstrand, Durbanville, Bellville, Goodwood, Parow, Pinelands, Claremont, Lansdowne, Ottery, Plumstead, Grassy Park, CBD, Green Point and Sea Point.
They offer two 5G packages in the area, both offering unlimited data.
Single high-definition stream
Price: R699 per month
Multiple high-definition stream
Price: R999 per month
According to Rain, both packages will receive a 5G router for free.
It is also expanding coverage in the other major metropolitan areas it already has a presence. Gauteng is seeing the most new expansions go up, with coverage moving to new areas every couple of months.
CEO Willem Roos said Rain “accelerated the go-live date” for the 24/7 unlimited 4G data offering in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and demand from consumers for internet access at home. “Those whose job allows them to work remotely should find the product a great help as it will remove the anxiety of uncertain, potentially high data costs,” he added.
With its 5G networks quickly expanding throughout the country they hope to get a decent enough lead to hold off the likes of Vodacom and MTN who have also started to aggressively build its new 5G infrastructure. It will be interesting to see how the industry evolves, as 5G is not ready for the mainstream. Very few people have 5G ready phones at the moment, and almost all of them are prohibitively expensive.