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How To Reduce Cat 3, Cat5, Cat 5e, Cat 5E, Cat 6, Cat 7 Copper Cable Infrastructure Installation Costs - Orange County California

posted Jul 17, 2011, 11:30 AM by David Khorram   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 1:24 PM by Peyman Kalhor ]

A) How to Reduce Cat 3, Cat5, Cat 5e, Cat 5E, Cat 6, Cat 7 Copper Cable Infrastructure Installation Costs?

Data/voice copper cable installation cost (TM&E) may varies from $65.00 to $340.00 per drop (CapEx). The overall cost depends on the life cycle of the cable and its ability to deliver high bandwidth from 100 Mbps to 1Gbps to the desk top device (OpEx).

The Price You Pay Depends on Many Factors Such As:

#1-  Installer Experience on how to pull the least amount of cable and (shortest run)
#2-  Installer adhering to national and local code (i.e.  suspension at a maximum of five (5) foot intervals)
#3- Cable Category (Cat 3, Cat5, Cat 5e, Cat 5E, Cat6, Cat7)
#4-  Cable Type (Plenum or non-plenum)
#5-  Cable Length (Office Vs. warehouse)
#6-  Manufacture of Cable, jacks and patch panel
#7-  Quality and grade of material used
#8- Number of the drops
#9- Number of cables in a drop
#10-Location of the drop
      a- Wall - low cost
      b- Furniture
      c- Floor - highest cost
d- Exterior walls 

#11-Life cycle of the cable (i.e Copper 3-5 years, Fiber 25 years)
#12-Site location (Metropolitan Vs. Suburb,  Office building Vs. Residential)
#13-Municipality (Permit requirement, local and national  labor and material taxes)
#14-Ordinance and National codes (Conduit requirement, Plenum or non- plenum cables, fire stopping...etc)
#15-State and Project Requirement Labor Rate (i.e. regulate Vs. prevailing wage) 
#16-Installer familiarity and experience with client environmental (Hospital, warehouse, executive office)
#17-Installer familiarity and experience with office technology (Router, switch, AP,WIFI, PA, AP, monitoring camera and systems...etc)

B) How to reduce the cost .

Price you pay for a drop copper infrastructure cable depends on the knowledge and experience of project owner / manager and how much useful information is provided to local cable installer. This is what we recommend.

#1- Call your local city building inspector office and ask what type of data cable  Cable ( Plenum or non- plenum ) they recommend that would pass the inspection. Non- plenum is less expensive. Passing inspection means you can pull occupancy permit which helps your insurance and your city business license )

#2- Determine where will be your IDF  or MDF. This means location of end of your cable runs. You need to mark your floor plan ( Furniture and equipment drawing )  with location where you will be placing your server and switches. This will determine where cable puller will terminate one end of the cables on patch panels.

#3- Determine the cable, patch panel, jacks manufacturers (i.e. Panduit, Leviton  , General cable). Try to stay out of no brand offshore material with UL tag and standard. We recommend Panduit and Panduit Certified cables due to its look, quality, and durability.

#4- From location ( IDF )  measure the longest and shortest runs. This is done by simply walking and measuring the distance between IDF and closest office or cubical and farthest one. Typically,  this is about 150 feet ( EIA TIA standard is not to exceed 300 feet per run )

#5- Determine the number of cable in each drop ( 1 cable per drop or 2 cables per drop ). If you have a full Voice over IP  ( VOIP )  office technology you may need only one cable per station and for redundancy, you may offer a WIFI  access. Expert local  cable and standard recommend  two (2 )  cables per  drop

#6- Contact a local installation expert  and provide him with
  • A marked floor plan ( your cable locations for PC, phone, fax, printers, AP units, surveillance camera ….etc. )
  • Your information gathered from item B1,2,3,4 contact a local installation expert. The local expert can save you

#7- If you have a furniture team installing your office furniture , make sure you obtain a copy of furniture installation project plan and furniture installation project manager name and cell number and make it available to your local cable installation project manager. They should contact each other.

#8- Draft a short project plan with start date and end date. Start date is the day you want the cable to start pulling cables which is well before ceiling closer date ( inspection ), cable laying date which starts after furniture farm installation date and finally end date which is the day you wand marked floor plan and test results.

#9- Ask your local  cable installation  project manager for a written quote that  covers:
  • Project total pricing that contains Jack ( Rj45 ) , Cable and patch panel
  • Unit cable pricing ( if you add a drop or subtract a cable during project install +/ -  ). this will help you with change control. Unit pricing for   one ( 1 ) cable per drop and  two  ( 2 ) cables per drop
  • Bear in mind two cables per drop should be less expensive than multiplying one ( 1 ) cable per drop by two (2 )  since  two cables per drop require 2 times more cable but one pull ( labor to pull )
  • Unit labor rate ( tech per hour )
  • Conduit and sleeves unit installation rate. A four (4) inch conduit is usually required to transition  the cable from the ceiling  to the IDF room
  • Pricing for a 7’X19” rack and its associated ladder rack or just simply a wall mounted patch panel.
  • Warranty and 1st day of operation support
  • Post installation documents ( marked floor plan and test results )
  • Copy of liability insurance with Additional Insured  

#10- If number of  cables is above 100 drops per floor and more than a total of 300 per building , then seriously consider passive optical LAN technology . This will drop the cost by at least 45% in capital Expense( CapEx )  and  60 % more in operating expense OpEx )   

#9- If number of drops is more than 500, please contact us to get a copy of an installation contract since you should not sign local installer contract, they should sign yours .

C) Why to use local installation expert to reduce the cost ?

These are the advantages of local installation experts:

1. Access to local expert installers and their loaded truck 24x7 without manage service contract or minimum hourly rate.
2. Centralized single-tier process structure
3. Bypassing project brokers, resellers, outsourcing companies and going to the expert installers directly.  Access collective knowledge and service through AS ONE FORCE business, social media engine or community manager.
4. Access to As-One-Force engineers, RCDD and thought leaders to make the best decision or come up with best design and approach. Power of collective intelligence.
5. Reduce the chance of losing control of the outsourced process.
6. Reduce costs of transitioning to a new vendor.
7. Reduce legal and contractual costs.
8. Reduce chance  losing control of the outsourced process.
9. Reduce cost of vendor training.
10. Reduce costs of monitoring vendors.
11. WEB 2.0 knowledge base and real time project documentation system & 24 X7 access.
12. Live and real-time project control, management and execution.
13. Access to project fixed pricing, project unit pricing or Structured Pricing Menu.
14. Reduce R/D, deployment and installation cost.
15. Easy to contact us

D) Customer's organization benefits

1.Reducing Cost, Increasing Quality, Accelerating Deployment and Greener installation.
2.Power of  collective action:As One Force has over 6000+ local expert, technology installers to deploy technology nationally and globally. Strength in numbers gets the work done!
3.Power Wisdom of the expert crowd: Collective knowledge, wisdom and experience from over 6000 local expert, technology installers,solution providers and though leaders .
4.Power of cloud computing: More computing and web 2.0 power that Fortune 500 companies. Full disaster recovery and Integrated deployment technology that insures efficiency and cost effectiveness.
5.Power of being local and geographic presence: 24X7 X365 availability, with more reliability, accountability  & knowledge of the terrain and without any cost.Be there when you need it
6. Local Support: 6000+ Qualified, Local expert, IT installers and solution providers are in your area to work for your organization directly.  Virtually no up-front investments are required.
7.Go Green and win : With over 6000 local installers ready to work. You can become more “green”, less trip charges , less expense , less time spent on the road  translates to less energy consumption .
8.Leveraging power of mobile phones: Our network of over 2000 local expert installer mobile numbers allows companies to receive rapid support when any questions or emergencies arise.
10. Leveraging power of mobile phones: Our network of over 2000 local expert installer mobile numbers allows companies to receive rapid support when any questions or emergencies arise.
11. Project bulletin broad : Post your RFP and receive quotes from AS ONE FORCE quickly. The bulletin board allows for rapid deployment of services and cost efficiency.
12.Power of Expert sourcing: Bypass outsourcing, sub-contracting and service resellers to save time, money and increase project speed.
13.Single point of contact : Centralized single-tier Process structure. As-One-Force serving as the coordinator or focal point of information concerning all project activities.
14.Access to fixed cost pricing, project unit pricing or Structured Pricing Menu. Reducing project management and accounting work load.  Highest Quality with the Lowest Cost, delivers the Highest Value.
15.Project quality assurance: Web 2.0 Reputation and quality assurance Engine plus access to live and real-time project collaboration, management and execution system.

E) Extended lifecycle for shielded cabling means lower total cost of ownership

The longer a cabling system lasts, the lower its total cost of ownership. With a projected 15-year lifecycle, category 7A TERA provides the longest lifecycle of any twisted-pair copper cabling system. Furthermore, TCO models clearly demonstrate that the extensive benefits provided by category 6A F/UTP and category 7A TERA cabling may be realized for nearly the same cost as category 6A UTP cabling. And, category 6A F/UTP cabling's performance headroom and installation robustness compared to category 6A UTP may lend itself to being capable of supporting the next Ethernet application beyond 10GBASE-T over limited topologies.