Federated Wireless, JBG SMITH Partner to Deploy Wireless 5G Network in Northern Virginia
Thursday, September 22, 2022 | Comments

Federated Wireless announced a strategic partnership to innovate and deploy private 5G wireless in National Landing in Northern Virginia.

As part of the strategic partnership Federated Wireless, will relocate its corporate headquarters to National Landing, occupying approximately 36,000 square feet of office space in JBG SMITH’s 2121 Crystal Drive.

JBG SMITH, alongside several industry partners, is developing a first-of-its-kind converged digital infrastructure platform that includes a dense neighborhood fiber network, edge data centers, ubiquitous indoor and outdoor public 5G and highly valuable private 5G networks utilizing private access mid-band spectrum. The integrated digital infrastructure platform is being purpose built to drive innovation and offer a customer experience currently unavailable on this scale anywhere else in the country.

Federated Wireless will join the platform and the National Landing innovation ecosystem as a foundational partner to deliver private wireless solutions at scale to a broad set of industry clusters, including government, high tech, professional services, aerospace, aviation, retail, academia, national defense, and cyber security.

To accelerate private 5G wireless adoption, Federated Wireless and JBG SMITH will create an interoperable network showcase in National Landing, with a special focus on leveraging private wireless networks to support innovation in next-generation technologies including internet of things (IoT), AI, advanced robotics, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), and edge and cloud computing.

“We will be developing a showcase to demonstrate the power and cutting-edge capability that private wireless can bring defense contractors, government, retail clients, residential tenants, smart cities, and other customers and citizens in the area,” said Federated Wireless Chief Commercial Officer Chris Swan.

In 2020, JBG SMITH acquired licensed Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) spectrum from the FCC covering all of Arlington County and the city of Alexandria, including the urban submarket of National Landing. The submarket is anchored by the Pentagon, Amazon’s second global headquarters, Boeing’s global headquarters and Virginia Tech’s STEM innovation campus. With nearly $12 billion of public and private investment occurring, National Landing is undergoing a generational transformation.

This first-of-its-kind private wireless partnership will leverage Federated Wireless’ private wireless capabilities to deploy and monetize JBG SMITH’s $25.3 million investment in CBRS spectrum. The collaboration will enable National Landing tenants the opportunity to access wireless solutions on-demand in industry clusters requiring high speed/low latency private wireless connectivity.

“National Landing, with its diverse base of existing real estate, future development, and current and potential new tenants, acts as a microcosm for nearly any urban environment,” said Adam Rashid, senior vice president at JBG SMITH. “This partnership advances our goals to deliver purpose built digital infrastructure, allowing innovators to create practical and applied solutions to a wide range of industries. With Federated Wireless as a foundational strategic partner, we look forward to leveraging the power of converged digital infrastructure to deliver a unique platform for some of the nation’s most vital private and public institutions to innovate at scale.”

Federated Wireless will design, deploy and manage private 5G wireless networks available for tenants and residents in indoor and outdoor areas across JBG SMITH’s National Landing portfolio, which includes 6.8 million square feet of existing office space; 4,439 residential units including those under-construction; and 6.5 million square feet of additional commercial, multi-family and retail development opportunities.

“JBG SMITH has spent the last several years cultivating unique public and private partnerships to transform National Landing into a beacon to attract global tech companies, renowned universities, and entrepreneurs that will lead the future of their industries,” said JBG Smith CEO Matt Kelly. “Working alongside Federated Wireless provides our customers strong and secure connectivity through 5G Private Wireless networks. By offering current and future tenants access to robust purpose-built digital infrastructure, National Landing will continue to grow as an indispensable hub of tech innovation.”

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