Operator: Calculator

estimated revenue and costs for fixed wireless networks

Net Income

  Households Served Total Income One-Time Expenses Recurring Expenses Net Income
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Total number of households in the coverage area
Total number of access point sites

Percentage of households projected to adopt
Percentage of projected annual growth


Estimated income and business model

Average price paid by subscribers each month

Expenses (1x)

Estimated one-time expenses

Expenses to set up the core network
Equipment and installation costs for a single site
Expenses related to acquiring a single subscriber

Expenses ()

Estimated monthly recurring expenses

Average hosting payment for a single host
Operational costs for a single site
All costs related to a single subscriber

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this calculator used for ?

Operators providing wireless broadband to commercial and residential customers may estimate potential income and expenses when using Airwaive to host wireless access points

Why is the Airwaive business model different ?

Airwaive automates the process of building and operating a network of small cells, working with property owners (hosts) that are compensated to be the hub of each wireless cell

What is Households Covered vs Served ?

Households Covered is the total number of households in a geographic area that is covered in the operator’s wireless network. Households Served is the number of households that are customers.

What are the adoption and growth rates ?

The adoption rate assumption is a percentage of the Households Covered that are predicted to adopt the operator’s service. Because reaching this adoption rate is not immediate, an annual growth rate is applied until it is reached.

What are the one-time and recurring expenses ?

The one-time expenses for network, sites and subscribers include purchasing hardware, software and installation that may be in the first year, or purchased with each new site or subscriber.  The recurring expenses are monthly payments for hosting, or ongoing costs related to each site or subscriber (e.g. billing).

What are the default values used in the model ?

Airwaive saves you time using the calculator by using default values for each field, which are you welcome to change to match your assumptions.  These default values come from industry data. To learn more about the values used, contact Airwaive.

What is you pay for… CPE ?

When the operator pays for Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), the subscriber does not need to pay for new equipment required to receive wireless service. This increases the one-time subscriber expense, but reduces pricing. It may also have an affect on adoption rate.

What is you pay for… Sites ?

When the operator pays for all one-time and recurring expenses for sites, the host is not responsible for purchasing wireless access point equipment and installation. This increases the one-time and recurring site costs, while reducing hosting costs.

What is you pay for… Internet ?

When the operator pays for Internet, all costs for backhaul to the cell site are included in recurring subscriber expenses as it is a function of each subscriber’s data use. When this cost is transferred to the host, hosting fees increase by the same amount.

What is you pay for… Power ?

When the operator pays for electrical power to the site, the recurring expense for sites inceases. If the host pays for power, the cost is moved to the hosting fee. With small cells, it is possible the host may pay for power even when the operator pays for all site maintenance, so this is a separate choice.

This calculator is provided for estimation of potential operator net income and may not reflect actual income and expenses due to taxes, fees, business assumptions and other unknowns.