How Much Fiber Optic Cable Do You Need?

 In Fiber Optic Cabling

CKC Data Solutions provides planning and coordination for customers who need IT solutions, including installation of network cabling such as Cat5e, Cat6A, fiber optics, and coaxial cabling. In today’s blog from CKC Data Solutions, we answer a common question: “How much fiber optic cable do you need?”

Where the Fiber Optic Cables Are Being Installed

Where the fiber optic cables are being installed is the first consideration for how much fiber optic cabling you need. Do you have a small facility that you may outgrow in five years? Are you building a new facility that you can utilize for 50 years? You may need extra bandwidth for your telecommunications needs now, but you don’t want to overdo it if you think you’ll need a new facility. CKC can help ensure you don’t overspend on your current needs, even when requirements change rapidly.

Future Expansion

Fiber optic cables offer easy expansion, especially with air blown fiber optics. Technology is changing rapidly, and that means you need to future-proof your cable installation. Air-blown systems offer just that. You earn back your investment with just the second installation of air blown fiber optics. Another solution is to install more fiber optics in a single installation, knowing that your needs will increase over time. 

Intended Use

Various telecommunications applications require more or less data transmission. Simple data entry tasks don’t need large amounts of data transfer. However, highly detailed designs from CAD/CAM and graphics-heavy applications require much more data transmission capabilities.

Wireless is another thing to consider. Do you need hardwired telecommunications equipment everywhere, or are you planning on using wireless protocols for mobile devices? You may not need fiber optics everywhere in the building, just concentrated at certain points.

The details matter when planning the backbone of your telecommunications network for fiber optic installation. It’s better to err on the side of expansion because telecommunications protocols change rapidly, even within five years.

Fiber Optic Cable Installation by CKC Data Solutions

CKC Data Solutions makes sure your facility’s telecommunication system is ready now and for the future.  Our team can come out to your facility, perform an audit to determine your building’s needs, and install top-quality fiber optic cables for your building. Contact CKC Data Solutions or call (417) 812-5251 for more information.

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