Pros and Cons of Aerial Cable Installation

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Our team at GP Associates, Inc. offers a comprehensive range of services to help you make your business facility the best it can be, whether you are upgrading an existing building or campus or building a new one. In any construction process, one thing you’ll need to consider is how to connect your utilities to the building. When it comes to things like power, telephone lines, and fiber optic cables, you will need to choose between underground and aerial cable installation. While our team offers both, in this article, we’ll be focusing on aerial installation, going over its pros and cons to help you make an informed decision on the matter.

Pros and Cons of Aerial Cable Installation


  • Easy to Modify – Aerial cable installation makes it easy to modify your infrastructure should the need arise. If you need to add more cabling, you’ll be able to do so with minimal fuss.
  • Cost Effective – Aerial cable installation also allows you to use existing utility pole infrastructure, which makes it a highly cost-effective option.
  • Faster to Install – Aerial cables also take less time to install than underground ones. You won’t have to worry about digging any trenches or boring any tunnels in the earth.


  • Red Tape – Aerial cable installation is often subject to regulations or guidelines from local city and town planning authorities. This makes sense, as these governing bodies need to look out for the integrity of their community’s infrastructure, but it can be a serious inconvenience to your construction process.
  • Vulnerable to Severe Weather – Another con of aerial cables is that they are exposed to the elements, which leaves them vulnerable to damage from severe weather events, as well as gradual weathering from the sun, changing temperatures, etc.