Demo Instructions

Follow these instructions for a demonstration of the Airwaive application and process for creating owner-operated radio networks. Requires a demo account provided by Airwaive.  

1 – Cell Creation

A carrier defines a cell for wireless coverage and assigns it key parameters.

Steps

  1. Click here to launch the Carrier Portal in a new tab.
  2. Use the login and password provided for the test carrier account.
  3. In the menu navigation choose Cells, then Create Cell.
  4. In the 1st step, type a city of your choice and then define the geography.
  5. In the 2nd step, add properties for the cell (see info icons for details).
  6. In the 3rd step, select the equipment and policies and hit Confirm.

Result: A cell is created that owners will claim to host small cells.

Step 1 demo
The first step to create a self-organizing network is the definition of a geographic cell by the wireless carrier. A carrier assigns a cell key parameters such as maximum number of owners, minimum separation distance and payout value. These values drive owner behavior and ultimately create the network.

2 – Owner Marketing

Ads are auto-generated based on a cell’s value, targeting owners within the cell.

Steps

  1. Click the Create Ad button (below) with “0” as the Cell Name to generate an ad for the most recently created cell.
  2. To generate ads for other cells, use the cell name entered in the Carrier Portal.

Result: An ad is generated for use with social APIs targeted to specific locations.




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3 – Owner Claim

Owners within a cell may stake a claim to provide service after accepting terms.

Steps

  1. Click here to launch the Owner Portal in a new tab.
  2. Use the login and password provided for the test owner account.
  3. In the 1st step, use an address that is inside the previously created cell.
  4. In the 2nd step, select “I have this equipment” and enter any number .
  5. Write down the number. It will be used later as the serial number.
  6. In the 3rd step, create account, agree to terms and select Claim.

Result: A claim is submitted and equipment processed to send to Owner.

Step 3 demo
Owners submit a claim, reserving a potential location to host a small cell. The location is validated to be within the cell and has met a minimum separation distance from other small cells. It may only be claimed if the maximum number of owners for a cell has not been met. The owner agrees to all carrier terms.

4 – Equipment Installation

An owner or a technician installs small cell equipment at the specified location.

Steps

  1. Use the Airwaive Simulator (below) to simulate equipment installation.
  2. Enter the equipment serial number saved from the previous step.
  3. Leave the location and error code fields blank for a quick test.
  4. Optional – enter location in lat,long format where equipment is installed.
  5. Optional – enter an error code to simulate an installation error.
  6. Click the Register button (below). 

Result: Simulates small cell equipment registration in the Airwaive console.






Step 4 demo
After completing a successful claim, an owner has a specified period of time to install equipment before losing the claim. 5G small cell equipment is simpler to install than previous generations, and can be done either by the owner or by a carrier technician. Once completed its status and location is sent to Airwaive.

5 – Equipment Approval

Carrier manually checks the network and validates equipment (optional step).

Steps

  1. Click here to launch the Carrier Portal in a new tab.
  2. Use the login and password provided for the test carrier account.
  3. In the menu navigation choose Cells, then Manage Smallcells.
  4. Search for the serial number (small cell) saved from the previous step. 
  5. Click on the State icon (circle) for that serial number.
  6. Choose the Set button, then select Operational to activate the small cell.

Result: Smallcell equipment is activated on the network and eligible for payment.

 

Step 5 demo

Before an owner is eligible for payment, the small cell equipment must be checked to ensure it is operating correctly (often remotely using network tools). The carrier receives a message in Airwaive to review and approve the equipment registration. 

6 – Network Activation

Carrier uses an automated method for validating equipment and activation.

Steps

  1. Use the Airwaive Simulator (below) to simulate equipment activation.
  2. Optional – this automates the activation process from the previous step.
  3. Enter the equipment serial number from the Owner Claim step.
  4. Choose the Activate button.

Result: Smallcell equipment is activated on the network and eligible for payment.




Step 6 demo

Using automated system tests, an event may be sent by a RAN management system to Airwaive to activate the hardware for owner payments. The small cell will have a coverage range that is likely smaller than the cell defined by the carrier. Additional owners are targeted to complete coverage until max owners are reached (illustrated in light grey in the above image).

7 – Cell Usage

The owner’s cell is used by wireless devices within its range, transmitting data.

Steps

  1. Use the Airwaive Simulator (below) to simulate small cell usage.
  2. Enter the equipment serial number from the Owner Claim step.
  3. Enter a number for the amount of GB traffic in the small cell for a month.
  4. Optional – choose a date for the month the data is added for the small cell.
  5. Choose the Add Usage button.

Result: Aggregate monthly usage data is recorded for the small cell.






Step 7 demo
Once activated on the network, nearby devices connect to the small cell. Data is transmitted to the carrier’s network over high-speed wired line or via wireless backhaul. Usage data may be collected by Airwaive in aggregate to compensate owner for usage-based billing, aligning incentives with a carrier.

8 – Owner Payment

Owners are compensated for operating small cells.

Steps

  1. Use the Airwaive Simulator (below) to simulate owner payments.
  2. Optional – choose a date for the month payments are to be processed.
  3. Choose the Calculate button.

Result: Payments are calculated for all cells and all owners.




Step 8 demo
Owners are compensated for the use of their resources, and may also be paid for installing and operating the small cell (optional mode in Airwaive). A combination of fixed and variable payments, including deductions for service level agreement violations, align an owner with the carrier. Carriers pay Airwaive the value that they define for the cell, and Airwaive has the responsibility of calculating and paying owners.

9 – Equipment Adjustments

Carriers message owners directly to request adjustments to small cells.

Steps

  1. Click here to launch the Carrier Portal in a new tab.
  2. Use the login and password provided for the test carrier account.
  3. In the menu navigation choose Messages.
  4. Select an owner to send a message with an equipment task.

Result: Owner is sent a message requesting adjustments to small cell.

Step 9 demo
Small cells may be adjusted over time, responding to changing conditions. Carriers save operational costs by leveraging owners for simple tasks. Airwaive’s messaging platform allows direct communication between a carrier and an owner to perform these tasks.

10 – Message Response

Owners respond to carriers after completing tasks.

Steps

  1. Click here to launch the Owner Portal in a new tab.
  2. In the menu navigation choose Messages.
  3. Select message from carrier with task and complete the task.
  4. Reply to carrier message acknowledging completions.

Result: Carrier is sent a response to message after completion of task.

    Step 10 demo
    Owners also use Airwaive’s messaging platform to communicate with carriers, responding to acknowledge task completion, or ask operational questions.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I get a test account ?

    You can request an account by using the contact form to contact Airwaive. 

    Is the test data permanently stored ?

    No. Tests should be completed within a day otherwise your test data is at risk of being deleted when we refresh the demo environment.

    Is the demo integrated with real small cells ?

    This demo environment uses a simulator to small cell equipment and RAN management systems. A separate environment is created for carrier lab testing and production environments that does connect to real hardware, including small cells. 

    How can I test Airwaive in a (carrier) lab ?

    First, use the contact form to connect with the Airwaive team. We will need to understand the type of small cell equipment being used and the RAN management system. Next, we’ll set up a separate environment for network testing in a lab.