Rain Mobile commercial launch is imminent – CEO

Rain Mobile is currently expanding its LTE-Advanced network into metro areas, which is progressing well, said Rain Mobile CEO Willem Roos.

Roos told MyBroadband that given the “inherent uncertainties” involved in the launch of a new business, however, he does not want to provide a specific launch date for its products.

“Our commercial launch is, however, imminent,” said Roos.

The statement from the CEO follows the network launching an internal Alpha trial in November 2017.

The Alpha version of Rain Mobile is available to Rain staff, who were provided with a Rain App and SIM.

Regulations

The update from Roos also follows the release of ICASA’s new mobile regulations.

The regulations state that mobile operators must allows customers to roll over their unused data, and be able to transfer data to other users on the same network.

For Rain Mobile, the regulations are “sensible” and address many issues consumers had with mobile data products.

“Rain first and foremost wants to provide products that offers consumers great value, together with being simple and transparent,” said Roos.

“The full details of our mobile product will be revealed at our launch.”

What to expect

While details of the final packages Rain Mobile will offer are yet to be released, the company previously stated it will provide “innovative pricing tariffs” to customers.

Roos previously told MyBroadband his aim at Rain Mobile is to build a business that brings affordable Internet to many South Africans.

“We are also working on ensuring that we have good coverage in high-traffic malls,” said Roos.

The company declined to comment on potential roaming agreements with other mobile networks, when previously asked.

Rain Mobile is expected to take on Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom when it launches its commercial products, and its mobile offering will follow the successful launch of its fixed-LTE service – sold through locals ISPs.

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