Advantages and Disadvantages of Aerial Placement for Cables

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Aerial Placement for CablesIn general, there are two options for fiber optic cable placement: you can install the cables underground or place them in the air on utility poles. Our team at GP Associates, Inc., has extensive experience with both types of fiber optic cable installation, and we are familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each. In this article, we will focus on aerial placement for cables, going over the benefits and drawbacks of this option to help you decide if it is right for you.


  • Speed – One advantage of aerial placement for your cables is the speed of installation. Aerial cables can be installed faster than underground ones, which allows you to get your property connected much sooner.
  • Cost – In general, aerial cables also have lower up-front installation costs. If you are looking for a way to give your building a reliable internet connection for a low price, then aerial placement is probably the way to go.


  • Exposure to Weather – One downside of aerial placement is the way it leaves your cables exposed to the weather, which leaves them more vulnerable to damage. If a bad storm rolls into your area, it may cause your utility poles to fall, severing your cables and interrupting your service.
  • Pole Ownership Conflicts – Another potential hiccup in aerial cable installation has to do with who owns the utility poles. You will need to get a pole attachment agreement to be able to install your cables on existing poles, and this process can be a challenge.