While our team at GP Associates, Inc. provides a wide range of services, we are most known for our fiber optic cable installation, as we have been working in that field for over 33 years. When it comes to cable installation, you have two options: install them underground or install them on aerial utility poles. In this article, we will focus on aerial cable installation and go over some key information you need in order to decide if it is right for you.
- Terrain Conditions. One factor that affects whether underground or aerial cable installation is best is the condition of the terrain. In other words, if the ground is rocky, full of clay, or otherwise too hard to dig through, then underground installation is likely not the best choice and may not even be possible in some conditions. In that situation, aerial cable installation is the best option.
- Existing Infrastructure. Another thing you should consider when choosing between underground vs. aerial cable installation is the existing infrastructure around your site. If you are in an urban environment, then it makes sense to take advantage of the existing utility infrastructure—in some cases, you may be able to install cables in pre-existing underground ducts, but more often, you will need to hang cables on existing utility poles.
- Cost. A third factor that you should think about when deciding between underground and aerial cable installation is cost. Because aerial cable installation is less labor-intensive than underground installation, it is also more affordable.