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Old 03-18-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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As I try to self educate my self on the issues, I have heard figures cited that it takes about $100,000 a mile to deploy fiber optic cable in multi strands typical for telephone applications and information systems.

But that may include two costs, the factory cost of the cable itself, and the cost of burying the cable that has all kinds of labor and right of way issues that increase the simple per mile cost of the cable itself.

Can anyone set me straight on the matter?
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This is not news or an informative article, so this post has been moved to the cable section.

I don't have any inside information as to the costs, but I'm sure it will vary from place to place.

We installed fiber to interconnect large facilities because of runs in excess of 6,000 feet and the cost was no where close to $100,000. Then we had a ranch project that would have been 2 1/2 miles to the nearest cable provider that we were trying to work with. They would not connect us at the property line due to potential service issues in the future, so the project was never priced out, but I'm sure it would have been less than $200,000.
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Fiber cable prices vary based on the different cable types. Even the same structure fiber optic cables price differs because of the varied fiber strands numbers inside the cable such as fire-resistant rates. Generally, China suppliers have the most competitive fiber cable prices compared with suppliers from other places of the world.
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the actual cost of the cable is probably a small part of the total cost per mile. Labor, equipment, and right-of-way costs are the bulk of the cost.
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As I try to self educate my self on the issues, I have heard figures cited that it takes about $100,000 a mile to deploy fiber optic cable in multi strands typical for telephone applications and information systems.

But that may include two costs, the factory cost of the cable itself, and the cost of burying the cable that has all kinds of labor and right of way issues that increase the simple per mile cost of the cable itself.

Can anyone set me straight on the matter?
Check this out:

http://www.marylandtedco.org/_media/...68,4,Projected Costs Source: Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative, Inc.

This broadband project was estimated at a final cost of near $44K per mile and was a RURAL project. In a large city, downtown area, cost can go up to $95 a foot!!

To deploy FO on a existing pole (above ground) cost can be just a third of the buried cable cost.

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