rain Launches Intelligent 5G Transport Network in South Africa

November 29, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

South African mobile data network operator, rain announced on Friday, 29 November 2019, that it has launched its intelligent 5G transport network in partnership with Huawei. Transport networks can be thought of as the “neural networks” that connect core networks to services.

More innovation and collaboration between rain and Huawei will optimise customers’ experience of and access to 5G services.

“With Huawei’s E2E solutions and new products, our first 5G users can experience 5G ultra-high-speed broadband service at home. Rain will further strengthen its partnership with Huawei in 5G network innovation and practice to offer a top service experience to users,” says Rain CTO, Gustav Schoeman.

To get this network up-and-running, Huawei will be using the NetEngine 8000 M series intelligent metro routers to provide high-density 10GE-to-site access and 100GE uplink, accommodating demands for rapid traffic growth.

The fabric architecture achieves a large capacity and congestion-free forwarding. The Optical solution uses Huawei’s 200G+OXC solution based on OSN 9800 equipment, providing 16T per fibre huge bandwidth with lower cost of per bit, reducing optical-layer commissioning time by 80% because of fibre connection free, while also saving footprint and power consumption usage by 50% per site.

The Huawei Network Cloud Engine (NCE) also enables service automation and intelligent O&M on this network. The E2E IP network with optimal optical foundation and intelligent NCE helps to build the low-latency and superior-experience 5G transport network.

“With both parties dedicated to constructing highly efficient, stable, reliable, intelligent, and trusted 5G transport networks, the partnership between rain and Huawei is aimed at offering more optimal digitised services to the South African market,” says CTO of Huawei Network Marketing and Solution Sales, Leo Lu.

Drawing on the Huawei’s 5G end-to-end solution, rain’s 5G network deployment in Phase 1 will cover the major regions of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It will be expanded to cover all major cities and towns in South Africa and provide supreme ultra-broadband services for homes and enterprises.

Edited by Jenna Delport

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