Use the Airwaive platform to plan, build and operate a network of host-operated wireless access points. It’s a new way to network.  

Airwaive Operator

Are you a Network Operator?

An entity that is building a public or private network of wireless access points


Wireless Internet Provider


Local Government Network

Whether you’re a WISP, MNO, an MSO, a local government or any other entity building a wireless network, Airwaive is an ideal platform to connect you with property owners that are willing to host wireless access points. Airwaive’s host-operated radio model has many benefits for wireless operators:


Multi-System Operator


Mobile Network Operator

Faster time to market for network deployments

Reduces capital costs of site acquisition

Reduces operational costs of cell management

Building a Wireless Network?

Airwaive is a software platform, utilizing a marketplace model for operators and property owners (hosts) to build networks. 


benefit from hosts that operate wireless radios


earn income for their property and services

Airwaive Operator-Host Applications

Airwaive Operator App Pricing

Site Planner Plus

Available: Globally
$299/per month
  • Network Planner (up to 5,000 queries)2
  • Partner Marketplace
  • Subscriber Services
  • Automated Site Acquisition
  • Dynamic Cell Valuation
  • Equipment Configurator
  • Policy Manager
  • Messaging Platform
  • Settlement System

Site Manager

Available: United States
  • Network Planner3
  • Partner Marketplace
  • Subscriber Services
  • Automated Site Acquisition
  • Dynamic Cell Valuation
  • Equipment Configurator
  • Policy Manager
  • Messaging Platform
  • Settlement System

1 A site query is a unique lookup of an address using search fields or mapping tools
2 For more than 5,000 site queries, contact Airwaive sales for pricing
3 Unlimited use of Network Planner requires host payments using Airwaive

Included feature sets for each plan are defined below in Operator App Features 

Operator App Features

The Airwaive Operator app is used to plan and operate networks. Key features include:

Network Planner

Airwaive provides tools that assist an operator with network and site planning for wireless networks:

  • 3D GIS maps with building info
  • Wireless range maps by frequency
  • Network business calculator

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Partner Marketplace

Operators may discover and contract with partners to build out a network or a wireless access point site, including:

  • OEMs, installers and backhaul
  • Partners filtered by site location
  • Online bidding and contracting

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Subscriber Services

Operators may utilize Airwaive features that attract potential subscribers to an operator’s service, including:

  • Nearest cell range maps
  • Subscriber savings calculators
  • Inclusion in Recommended Operators

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Automated Site Acquisition

Airwaive fully automates the site acquisition process, locating property owners through the software. When the geography of a cell is defined by an operator, the Airwaive platform:

  • Matches hosts on its waitlist
  • Creates social media ads 
  • On-boards hosts via the Host App

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Dynamic Cell Valuation

Airwaive’s unique cell valuation model balances cost and coverage by allowing cell values to be dynamically adjusted, as often as each month. Some of the cell rules that are modifiable:

  • Cell value (paid to hosts in a cell)
  • Access points (# of hosts in a cell)
  • Separation (distance between hosts)

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Equipment Configurator

Operators define small cell radio equipment that has been certified for use in a market. Airwaive offers two equipment types and two models:

  • Type 1: Gateway  (wired backhaul)
  • Type 2: Repeater (wireless backhaul)
  • Model 1: Operator-owned equipment
  • Model 2: Host-financed equipment

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Policy Manager

Operators define policies for terms and conditions and service level agreements, including flexible business rules to align owners with carrier KPIs:

  • Fixed and variable amounts to owners
  • SLA deductions for violations
  • Usage rewards for optimal coverage

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Messaging Platform

Operators message hosts for routine equipment tasks, saving maintenance costs for on-site technicians. Airwaive’s messaging platform supports:

  • Single host messaging for tasks
  • Group messages to hosts in a sector
  • Broadcast messages to all hosts

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Settlement System

Operators set the value of a cell sector. Only this value is paid. Nothing more. It is split amongst hosts based on calculations.

  • Operator pays Airwaive cell value
  • Airwaive splits cell value across hosts

View Demo

Airwaive Demo of Carrier Portal

How it works

Creating a Cell

The Operator app is used to create and value cell sectors (wireless coverage areas). Operators have complete control over the definition of a cell, including its geography, its value, the number of owners who manage access points, their separation distance and much more. These values are entered into the app, or bulk uploaded in batch for the creation of multiple cells. These controls embed the business rules that drives owner behavior and optimizes cost and coverage.

Once a cell is created, the Airwaive platform matches owners in its waitlist that reside within the cell’s boundary or it automatically creates location-based ads to target new owners with an offer. This process continues until all access points are filled in a cell.


Operating a Cell

The Operator app includes a messaging platform for operators to communicate with a single host or a group of hosts. Routine tasks such as radio placement and directional adjustments can be performed by hosts, at the direction of operators.

The platform supports dynamic adjustments to cell properties, allowing an operator to adjust to changing market conditions. For example, the number of access points in a cell may be increased if additional capacity is needed. The same process to identify new owners in the first step is repeated.

Compensating Hosts

Airwaive includes a settlement engine to compensate hosts for their services. In the marketplace model, operators set the value they are willing to pay for a cell. This value, and nothing more, is split by one or more hosts that manage access points in the cell. Airwaive performs payment calculations based on various factors intended to align with operator service level agreements, and then settles directly with hosts each month.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to use Airwaive ?

With few exceptions (noted in our Operator App Pricing above), Airwaive is free to use by Operators. We generate our revenue from site leasing agreements. To understand the model, your potential revenue and expected costs, click here and answer questions for our business case calculator.

How does Airwaive handle site acquisition ?

After an operator determines a wireless coverage area, its value, the number of hosts needed and their separation distance, Airwaive presents offers to hosts on its waitlist or through social media until offers are accepted and the desired network is formed.

Do I need to use special equipment from Airwaive ?

No.  As an operator, you choose your preferred wireless radio equipment.  Equipment information is loaded into Airwaive so that hosts understand the type of equipment that will be placed on their property.  

Who owns the contract with the property owner ?

Operators, or their partners, own the contract with the property owner. (host)  Contract terms are loaded into Airwaive and these terms are presented to the host during the offer. The terms, however, must refer to Airwaive’s terms for payment settlement.

Is Airwaive integrated into my network ?

Airwaive utilizes RAN data to know when it has been activated or if it is in violation of SLA policies. This is read-only data and may be integrated as an xApp (O-RAN implementations), or alternative solutions may be used to send the data.   

How are hosts managed to meet SLAs ?

Operators configure business rules, terms and SLA policies in Airwaive. Hosts are incentivized for key metrics in these policies, calculated in their payments.  Greater usage equals larger payments, ensuring host alignment with operator SLAs.

How is Airwaive different from a tower company ?

Although there are similarities in that both are outsourced network management, Airwaive is fundamentally different because hosts seek operators for offers using the marketplace and may manage wireless access points on behalf of operators.

How does Airwaive lower my network costs ?

Hosts install and operate wireless radios.  And in one optional model, a host may purchase or finance operator-approved radio equipment. This allows operators to rapidly expand coverage with reduced capital and operational expenses.

Can I use Airwaive for unlicensed spectrum ?

Yes. Airwaive is agnostic to hardware equipment and can be used for any spectrum (including CBRS). Small cells that operate in unlicensed bands are ideal to create mesh networks for MVNOs, WISPs and other parties interested in a new network.

Can I trial Airwaive ?

Of course! Contact us to see a demo or receive a trial account with test data. Airwaive also works with operators to trial the platform in their labs with actual radio equipment. Deployments to hosts with settlements requires a commercial license.

Can I market to potential host sites directly ?

Yes. Airwaive provides widgets that can be placed on an operator’s web site, in social media and in direction communication with property owners that guide potential hosts to offers that have been created using Airwaive.

What’s a Brand Operator ?

An operator that focuses on core services such customer billing and support, and is responsible for the overall brand marketed to customers. A brand operator relies on a decentralized network of Superhosts that purchase equipment and have responsibility for local networks and operations.