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Pre-Terminated Fibre vs On-Site Termination

A direct cost comparison

A Survery of UK Data Installation Companies comparing the costs of different methods to install three 24 Core OM3 LC Tight Buffered Patch Panel to Patch Panel links showed a saving of up to 35% when using a Pre-terminated Solution.
When just looking at the product cost and the direct labour costs, our survey showed that pre-terminated fibre solutions came out less expensive.
This survey didn’t include all the other costs associated with on-site termination such as equipment costs, training costs, consumable cost, extra days on-site.

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Terminating On-Site : Epoxy and Hand Polish

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Installing Pre-Terminated Fibre

Splicing Pigtails

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Why is Pre-Terminated Fibre so much cheaper to install?

Speed of terminations

We can terminate at a faster rate than any on-site method so our labour cost per termination is much lower.

Set up Costs

The set up time and cost with on-site terminations are avoided with pre-terminated fibre. This further lowers the cost per termination. Our dedicated termination stations allow the maximum throughput of terminations per day and add to the lowering of the cost per termination.

Connector costs

Terminating connectors directly on to the fibre core is cheaper than splicing the equivalent pigtails.

Termination consumable costs

Due to the volumes of terminations being carried out we gain from economies of scale on all consumable products.

Access to products

If something unexpected happens then we have all the products in stock to remedy the situation. There is no wasted time or extra site visits.

Cutting and preparing the cable

We can also measure and cut cable more easily which also reduces the cost.

Speed of Testing

With a dedicated testing area and multi-fibre test equipment we can test each fibre much more quickly than any on-site single fibre testing.

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Why is the performance better with a Pre-Terminated Fibre?

We terminate a connector directly onto the backbone fibre using epoxy and hot oven.
When combined with a mult-stage, precision abrasive machine polish this produces a higher performing lower loss connection compared to either hand polishing or splicing pigtails

What are the numbers above based on?

In 2011 we surveyed a number of UK installation companies in order to compare the costs of the different fibre termination methods against using a pre-terminated solution.
The 2 cheapest methods when looking at product and labour, but excluding the cost of any non-consumable equipment were splicing and epoxy/polish. We compared these methods against a pre-terminated factory solution.
The average price for the various methods against our pre-terminated fibre are shown. For splicing and epoxy/polish costs we took an average price of the cheapest 25% of installer quotes.

Notes on pricing above: –
1. Assuming good clean environment on site.
2. Labour charge on for a fully trained sub-contractor/employee
3. Costs similar in all situations (e.g. pulling fibre) are ignored
4. Costs of products used in all situations (e.g. patch panels) are ignored

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