Rain Mobile is coming – Outsurance CEO to lead it

Rain Mobile will be available in South Africa as a beta trial before the end of 2017.

Rain director Michael Jordaan told MyBroadband that Rain Mobile is based in Cape Town, and he will chair the unit.

Outsurance CEO Willem Roos will take up the position of CEO of Rain Mobile, and has resigned from the insurance company which he helped found – effective 31 December 2017.

“Willem is relocating his family to Stellenbosch and will be taking up an executive position with the 4G+ mobile startup business Rain,” said Rand Merchant Investment Holdings.

He will retain his shareholding in Outsurance and remain on the board.

Mobile launch

Jordaan previously told MyBroadband the company plans to launch a data-centric mobile service when they have 2,000 LTE-A towers active in South Africa.

The company said the data-only mobile products will be simple and offer affordable pricing. They will also challenge traditional market practices such as data expiry.

There has also been speculation that Rain may launch service-based packages. This would see users buying access to video services like YouTube for a certain period instead of buying a MB or GB-based data bundle, for example.

Social media, messaging, web surfing, and voice-service packages are also predicted to be on offer in the future.

Rain currently offers fixed-LTE-A packages to clients through local ISPs, with their network providing users with average speeds of between 10Mbps-50Mbps.

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