SA’s data-only network operator Rain, which is partly owned by businessmen Patrice Motsepe, Paul Harris and Michael Jordaan, has partnered with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to roll out the high-speed 5G network by the middle of 2019. The roll-out will make SA one of the first countries to launch 5G, which promises faster download speeds, reliable network connectivity and the ability to connect more devices at once. "The network will provide fibre-like speeds without installation complexities, time delays and cost of laying fibre in underserviced areas," Rain CEO Willem Roos said on Tuesday. Rain and Huawei made the announcement at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where 5G took centre stage. "5G is here. If there is any doubt, you only have to walk around [the conference]," said Harris, who is also Rain chair. He said that the development of 5G products later in the year would hit the industry like a tsunami. Roos said Rain would take advantage of its existing 4G ...

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