Cabling Lifecycles and Total Cost of Ownership

This paper discusses several factors that must be taken into consideration when determining the category or class of cabling that will be used in a network infrastructure. This is true for both copper and fiber. Factors that must be taken into consideration are:
  • Expected installed lifetime of the cabling plant
  • Applications that will run on the cabling plant over its useful life
  • Timeframe during which standards, applications and electronics manufacturers will support the cabling plant
  • Cost of active electronics
  • Warranty length and covered components
  • Price as it relates to performance
  • Time the end-user will occupy a facility