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Source: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadband/355821-temporary-spectrum-what-vodacom-mtn-telkom-and-rain-are-doing.html?source=newsletter Staff Writer 12 June 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) licensed temporary spectrum to Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, Rain, and Liquid Telecom in April. The temporary spectrum is aimed at easing network congestion and help mobile operators to maintain the quality of their broadband services and lower the cost of access to consumers....
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Jamie McKane 12 June 2020 Rain aims to greatly accelerate the rollout of its 5G network in South Africa, according to an investment update issued by African Rainbow Capital (ARC). In its update, ARC said that Rain has been making good progress with its network rollout and has shown continued growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic....
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EMFSA QUESTIONS Are the emergency spectrum allocations being used to promote the sale of 5G enabled smartphones? MTN’s 5G enabled phones are not cheap. Who will be able to afford these phones? Who will really benefit from 5G? We refer to our post from 2019: Who Will Benefit? South Africa, 4IR, Smart Cities, 5G (For...
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  Rain is partly owned by Patrice Motsepe, Paul Harris and Michael Jordaan. Investors African Rainbow Capital (ARC) is owned by Motsepe. According to ARC: -Mobile operator Rain will significantly expand its infrastructure in 2020. -By the end of November 2019 Rain had rolled out 250 5G towers. -Rain aims to roll out 700 5G towers...
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[Johannesburg, South Africa, November 27, 2019] South African mobile data network operator, Rain has launched its intelligent 5G transport network in partnership with Huawei. Transport networks can be thought of as the “neural networks” that connect core networks to services. Rain’s CTO Gustav Schoeman says, “With Huawei’s E2E solutions and new products, our first 5G...
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  Source: Rain’s big plans to expand its 5G network Jamie McKane 7 October 2019 https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/322452-rains-big-plans-to-expand-its-5g-network.html Rain CEO Willem Roos: “Currently Rain has 3,200 4G sites, and we have 250 5G sites.  By the end of 2020, Rain plans to have 5,000 4G sites and 700 5G sites in South Africa. Our initial 5G network of 250...
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Rain’s commercial 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband service is currently only available in certain areas in Johannesburg and Tshwane, where it has close to 250 towers with an estimated 500,000 households in the coverage area. Rain is using its licensed 3.6GHz spectrum.  The company said it hopes to expand this network over metropolitan South...
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High-demand radio frequency spectrum: Cabinet has approved the text of the long-awaited spectrum policy direction: https://www.greengazette.co.za/notices/electronic-communications-act-36-2005-lifting-of-the-moratorium-of-the-moratorium-on-community-sound-broadcasting-licence-applications_20190726-GGN-42599-00397 B. Cabinet decisions    1. Policy and Policy Direction for the Licensing of the High Demand Spectrum 1.1. Cabinet approved the Policy and Policy Direction for the Licensing of the High Demand Spectrum after extensive consultations with the sector and the...
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6 June 2019, Source: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/308291-spectrum-breakdown-vodacom-mtn-telkom-cell-c-and-rain.html?source=newsletter An overview of spectrum which the main mobile operators have access to: Table credit: mybroadband.co.za
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Vodacom and MTN are still waiting on ICASA to assign radio frequency spectrum for 5G networks. Rain is the only company in South Africa to have launched its 5G commercial network ( February 2019). In the first phase of Rain’s 5G roll out, Rain has deployed 20 new base stations in Johannesburg and Cape Town, covering...
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