How Long Does It Take to Install Fixed Wireless and Fiber Internet?

Posted by Sam Mountstephens on Feb 15, 2018, 12:20:06 PM

The goal of an internet service provider (ISP) is to supply a high quality connection to the customer's location as soon as possible but when it comes to installation time, all types of internet access are not created equal. 

We dive into factors that can affect the speed at which fixed wireless and fiber internet can be installed.

Factors Affecting Fixed Wireless Installation

Fixed wireless internet follows a simple installation process. In fact, it can be up and running within 10 to 14 days of a service agreement. In urgent cases, this process can be expedited and be completed within 24 hours.

An internet service provider (ISP) simply installs a receiver radio on top of your building - although this will not be necessary if there is already one there. This radio is then pointed towards the transmitter radio located at the ISP’s Point of Presence (PoP). That’s it! Despite this, there are a few potential issues to overcome:

1) Building Owner Approval Fixed wireless internet installation requires the approval of building owners or property managers

Installing the receiver device on top of the building requires approval from the building owner or property manager.

As the majority of fixed wireless providers utilize non-penetrating roof mounts, permission is normally acquired with ease.

2) Line of Sight

Fixed wireless requires a clear line of sight between transmitter and receiver radios. If this line of sight is not available immediately, the ISP may offer solutions to achieve a line of sight.

These solutions, such as erecting a pole, configuring a relay or constructing a new Point of Presence, will typically come with a delay.

3) Licensed Link Requirements

In certain circumstances, customers require a licensed frequency connection. Licensed links are typically reserved for customers in need of a high bandwidth solution but who are also located a considerable distance from a PoP.

In these situations, ISPs must work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to acquire a license. As with any permit or licensing application, this can take some time.

Factors Affecting Fiber Installation

After a business or office location signs up for fiber internet service, installation can be expected to take place within the next 30 to 90 days. However, there are several considerations that could derail this time frame:

1) Order Processing Time

Deploying fiber to a building requires cooperation with theRegulations and the need for permits can delay the fiber installation incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC). ISPs must work closely with these major carriers to ensure that the service request can be fulfilled. 

This takes time. Approval must pass through multiple individuals and departments at these large companies before any installation can begin to take place.

2) Bureaucracy

Obtaining a permit to begin construction to bring fiber into a building can be an issue. In highly regulated areas, expect time to be added on and the cost of installation to increase.

3) Proximity to the Nearest Fiber Line

This factor will determine whether fiber is feasible to service a company’s internet connectivity needs.

If fiber is local or close, expect installation to go ahead as planned, but if fiber does not run through or near the building, the company could be waiting some time. It may be best to explore another internet access option.

4) Physical Obstacles

Fiber is a wired method of internet access so obstaclesExtending fiber beneath major roadways, railroads or historic sites can provide major issues for internet service providers such as railroads and highways represent significant problems. Permits to extend the network beneath busy routes or historical sites can not only force the postponement of the installation date, but can also impact the cost of service as well.

5) Building Attributes

Does the building have existing conduit in place? Is there sufficient space to install fiber? Does the conduit lead straight up into the building? If so, the installation becomes much more straightforward.

If not, the building owner must be willing to make some upgrades to get fiber into the building. These upgrades would be at the expense of the customer (or property manager) and restrict the ISP’s ability to get into the building to install the fiber causing further delays.

While both fixed wireless and fiber internet offer a host of advantages in terms of service capabilities, there is a clear winner when it comes to speed of installation.

To find out more about our fixed wireless and fiber internet capabilities, contact One Ring Networks at 855-663-7464 or Our company is built on customer service and offers customizable solutions to businesses of all sizes across California, Georgia, Texas, Maryland and Arizona.


Topics: fiber, Fixed Wireless