How much does fiber optic cable cost?
In general, fiber optic cable price can vary from $0.3 to $5 per meter ($0.09 to $1.52 per foot).
For example, a typical FTTH drop cable of 1 core is around $0.4 per meter. While a mining fiber optic cable can goes up to $3 per meter. Fiber optic cable price depends a lot on where the optical cable will be used and specifications required for each projects.
What to consider in fiber optic cable price ?
In an optical communication network, engineer need to consider locations, environments, laying methods, demand capacity of data transmission, further network expansion and maintenance. All these particular requirements will result with different cable design of structure and materials.
- Optical Fiber: is the core material. A qualified optical fiber has been tested for many times, and each optical fiber has a data report.
- Sheath Materials: generally include PE, PVC and LSZH, and each material is divided into multiple grades according to its characteristics.
- Reinforcing Materials: include metal, non-metal, tape, steel wire reinforcement, and fiber reinforcement, etc
The impact of materials on the fiber optic cable price is very intuitive. There are many kinds of materials for the production of optical cables.
4 ways to save costs from start
Step 1. Choose a correct fiber cable
Choosing the most appropriate fiber optic cable and material requirements according to the environment is the first step. The environment in which optical cables are used is different. It is very important to select the most appropriate production process according to specific requirements.
- Is the laying method overhead, through pipe or directly buried
- Is it necessary to bend in use
- Is it used by the sea
- Is the working temperature high
- Is the cable exposed under ultraviolet light for a long time
- Is there a span
For example, an actual installation span is 80 meters, but you are getting fiber optic cable with 300 meters span from dealers, which is a total waste. And the fiber optic cable option is not optimal.
HOC has 19 years of fiber optic cable design and manufacturing, and our experts will sort out the best solution for your requirement.
Step 2. Buy from a fiber optic cable manufacturer
Following is a graph of a complete fiber optic cable supply chain. And chances are, you are buying from the downstream wholesaler or even retailer on the market at high price. Not even to mention the high price you are paying for brand premium from a brand seller.
It’s rather lucky to find a supplier with factory direct sales and high-quality service. For the fiber optic cable factory can not only offer you the best suggestions and the fastest feedback in production, but also can flexibly regulate their production cycle for timely delivery.
More importantly, the link of agents and distributors is removed from supply chain, which is an undoubtedly the best price to save your costs. And HOC has been supplying fiber optic products for clients domestic and worldwide since we are in this business. So there is absolute no need to worry about delivery and logistics when dealing with them.
Step 3. A FTTH turnkey solution
Nowadays, we are all inseparable from internet. The process of geting optical signal from one site to another is FTTX, where “X” represents the destination of network communications. And FTTH (fiber to the home) is the most common network. It’s established on fiber optic cables and optical distribution products.
However, maybe you have encountered this situation. The products bought from supplier A are incompatible with the products bought from supplier B. It’s a waste of your efforts to communicate with multiple suppliers. Moreover, time and money were wasted.
If there is a factory who can provide FTTH turnkey service, or they can even help design the FTTH solution, and have an lower integrated price than that of buying from factory by factory separately. You don’t want to miss that save lots opportunity.
Step 4. Save on delivery optimization
As long as you are not setting the optical network right next to a fiber cable factory, the cost on delivery is something you really need to optimize. Logistics cost also affects the final fiber optic cable price you get at your warehouse.
In this case, mature solutions from an experienced supplier is essential for a perfect delivery. From the packaging size of a single product, the most reasonable use of container loading space, to the arrangement of logistics routes, these all contribute to ensure a reliable transportation and save your cost for bulk goods.