The Rain wireless network currently consists of 750 LTE-A sites in South Africa, and the company plans to expand this to 2,000 sites by the end of the year.
Rain said its network provides “fibre-to-the-sky” for users, and will benefit those who do not have access to fibre or who want a quick and painless set-up with a new broadband connection.
Internet Solutions is the channel through which Rain is currently offering commercial LTE-A packages to local Internet service providers.
Users can see if they are covered by the Rain network using the coverage map on the Rain website.
Webafrica and MWEB also provide coverage maps on their sites for interested customers.
Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are all covered, along with smaller cities in SA.
Price, Data, and Top-ups
There are three month-to-month Rain packages from Webafrica and MWEB, with pricing the same from both ISPs.
- 55GB – R549 per month
- 85GB – R799 per month
- 120GB – R999 per month
Users are also required to purchase a Huawei B618 router as part of the deal, which costs:
- R2,249 from Webafrica
- R2,199 from MWEB
Webafrica told MyBroadband that the Huawei B618 router delivers great performance on the Rain network, and there is currently no option to purchase a standalone SIM.
The price includes a SIM card and delivery to the user’s residence, and RICA documentation will need to be provided.
If a user purchases the service after the start of a month, the service will be charged pro-rata.
Upgrades and downgrades are available on Webafrica’s service, with upgrades processed immediately. Downgrades submitted before the 20th of a month will be processed on the first day of the following month.
Webafrica stated that the data in a package will expire at the end of the month if not used, with no data rollover in place.
Top-ups are available at the following prices:
- 1GB – R35
- 2GB – R59
- 3GB – R80
- 5GB – R115
- 10GB – R205
- 20GB – R345
Users can expect speeds of between 10Mbps – 50Mbps on the Rain network, said Webafrica.
Tests conducted on the MyBroadband Speed Test App in May showed average download speeds on the network of 65Mbps. It must be noted that the service had not been launched by ISPs at the time.
Rain CEO Duncan Simpson-Craib previously told MyBroadband that Rain customers will also have a choice of an external router, which delivers a “great experience”.