Rain Mobile will launch a beta trial before the end of 2017, and is likely to only use Rain’s network.
Outsurance CEO Willem Roos will take up the position of Rain Mobile CEO, 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.
Industry speculation suggested that Rain Mobile may roam on Vodacom’s network for its mobile offering, but this is not a certainty.
Rain director Michael Jordaan told MyBroadband that Rain is not currently in discussions with Vodacom to roam on its network.
“We are exploring various roaming options with other operators – on-us and on-them,” said Jordaan.
“Our mobile launch is likely to be only on our own network as our mobile data coverage in metropolitan areas is already very good and still growing fast.”
Vodacom CTO Andries Delport confirmed that no commercial roaming agreement with Rain Mobile has been reached, and that discussions between the companies are ongoing.
MyBroadband’s recent mobile network tests showed that Rain’s coverage in metropolitan areas and many smaller towns is growing.
Most metropolitan areas are well covered, while Rain also has coverage in many mid-sized towns like Potchefstroom, Nelspruit, and Lydenburg.
The Rain network also performed well in MyBroadband’s drive tests – often producing higher average speeds than its competitors.