Columbia Wireless Facilities, LLC
Telecommunication Site Asset Management Services
Columbia Wireless Facilities, LLC (“CWF”) is a telecommunication site asset management consultant company. Based in Bethesda, Maryland and established in 1999. CWF represents property owners and managers with value-added negotiation and management of building rooftop / in-building antenna, fiber, tower site agreements and administration.
We are an experienced and consistent management Team with eighteen years of growth. Our managed portfolio is roughly 5000 buildings owned by REITS, pension funds, national and regional funds across the USA.
CWF has negotiated over 90 Million Dollars of antenna, tower site, and fiber license agreements, amendments and reconciliation settlements on behalf of our clients to date. We understand our clients’ needs as well as wireless carrier objectives and processes.
We have negotiated agreements with most every telecommunication carrier operating in major markets across the USA. Our efforts include agreements with municipal and federal governmental agencies in need of their proprietary antenna installations.
CWF is led by Richard F. Carr, Jr., who is the President and founder of the company. Prior to forming CWF in 1999, Richard was responsible for material real estate acquisition for rooftop antenna and tower site installations on behalf of AT&T Wireless, Teligent and Metricom for the period of 1995 through 1999.
Prior to all things wireless, Richard held executive positions with Maryland National Bank and Perpetual Federal Savings Bank with regard to residential-commercial lending, development, and investments.
We are proud of our record and the integrity of our process. CWF adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct in an era in need of increased transparency. We only work for our building owner/manager clients and do not perform any services on behalf telecommunication carriers.
In addition, CWF is a charitable contributor to Children’s National Hospital and The Easter Seals Foundation. We take pride in our community and believe in the need for philanthropy and betterment and equality of our Country.
Wireless Industry Status 2018
Present and future demand for wireless connectivity is a fact of life as we know it going forward. Due to the prolific need for wireless coverage and bandwidth, no business including Hotels, Office, Residential, Industrial, Retail, Institutional, and Government Buildings can function effectively without cell coverage and redundancy from at least two if not all major Wireless and Fiber Carriers. This all includes 911 and first responder issues as well.
In 2018-2019 all carriers will commence rollout of 5G (fifth generation) solutions. The goal is greater speeds and increased density. In order to accommodate this coverage, almost all buildings will have a future need for a new in-building solution (IBRD or DAS) and rooftop antenna installations. The 5th generation of wireless services requires a material expansion of existing cell sites, as well as new cell sites upon public, private buildings and rights of way. Coverage from existing cell sites nearby is not a long-term solution and 5G coverage is not always compatible with existing 3G and 4G installations.
5G coverage is the platform from which wireless connectivity delivers the first generation of driverless cars, smart roads/rail and material industrial facilities management. The matter is simply the ubiquitous need for coverage density and speed.
For example, a hotel presents a dense coverage area challenge to all Carriers. The network capacity and bandwidth needed to support a convention, group meeting or sporting event guests and attendees will continue to grow. Some properties have in-building solutions and others benefit from coverage from rooftop cell sites nearby. This is a functioning solution now but will become more complicated and less dependable solution in the future.
Two factors enabling current building coverage are the location of current cell sites nearby Buildings and the building materials used. For example, certain glass coating will or will not affect the cell signal. Low-E glass pursuant to new LEED requirements will have a material impact on phone user connectivity and often block carrier signal.
CWF specializes in negotiating and managing the matter on our clients’ behalf. We offer best in class solutions with regard to all points mentioned above.