If you are trying to decide on a product to include in your network design or installation – and you have a choice between several products that meet your technical specifications – is price the only factor that will help you to make your decision?
While it can be tempting to prioritize price, it's also important to think ahead and look to your business' future. Therefore, an important factor to consider during your product selection for FTTH is the simplicity of your installation.
When it comes to fiber installation, it is commonly understood that you need specialized expertise (installing, splicing), and specialized equipment (splicers, blowers, trenching, etc.). The cost of these things is well known and considered to be part of doing business, and is often the decisive factor in how or if an FTTH installation goes forward.
What is the reason these factors are costly?
Basically, it comes down to time. You pay a cost per hour to a contractor or internally for fiber installation. The number of steps required to complete an installation determines how long the installation takes and, therefore, determines the cost. The more steps, the higher the cost.
Therefore, it would be wise to examine your own installation procedures to find steps you can eliminate. Some steps can be eliminated by choosing the right method and/ or the right product before you begin.