A paper authored by Corning Cable Systems details five ways in which fiber-optic cabling systems provide value not only to network users, but also to the contractors who install or integrate the fiber systems. "While fiber-optic technologies are often discussed in terms of the value they offer network designers or end users," the paper says, "the fact is that many of the fiber-optic products available today offer as much - and sometimes more - benefit to network installers and integrators. From fully preterminated cabling systems to careful selection of the types of cables or field termination methods used, network installers and integrators have the opportunity to improve their business's bottom line while making value-added improvements to the end-user customer's network by choosing the correct fiber technology."
The four-page paper offers comprehensive explanations for each of the following ways that it says fiber is good for the contractor:
- Reduce the total number of staff needed per project
- Decrease investments in specialized staff or equipment
- Reduce materials cost
- Shrink takeoff time and complexity
- Eliminate or reduce the need to outsource aspects of the project
Several explanatory paragraphs are devoted to each of the points listed above.
The paper also includes two "tips" about fiber-optic connectivity, one discussing field-termination methods and the other discussing costs associated with housing fiber in a main crossconnect.