How to decide to lease dark fiber as a telecom solution

August 08, 2017

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Anyone that consumes content through streaming services like Netflix or browse Facebook daily may have noticed one emerging pattern over the last few years: video.

Streaming video has skyrocketed in the last few years with video accounting for 73% of all web traffic in 2016 alone (1). By 2021 industry forecasts have that number increasing to 82%, with cord cutting generating twice as much internet traffic.

As technology advances, the pressure for businesses to expand these networks and increase bandwidth capabilities rapidly grows. Many businesses in the telecommunications world are searching for cost effective solutions to solve this problem.

Enter dark fiber. Dark fiber is any unused, un-lit fiber networks that have been previously laid.

If your company is searching for cost effective network expansion and connectivity solutions, dark fiber may be one idea to consider. Here is what you need to know to help make a decision.

Planning for the future

Dark fiber networks are laid by companies trying to plan for the future, with some of these companies leasing or selling the unused cables rather than leasing out bandwidth that is a part of the current network.

This saves you time and money so that you don’t have to spend it laying your own fiber-optic networks or having to lease more cabling or bandwidth as your needs grow and change.



Lease dark fiber and let your network grow

Unlit fiber cables offer a clean slate for you to use as needed. Dark fiber networks are perfect for companies in a state of growth and expansion, with leasing or purchasing options that are scalable to fit your needs. This means that your network can grow when your bandwidth needs increase without having to battle with the carrier over price, bandwidth capabilities and liability concerns.

If you lease dark fiber, you are only charged a per strand per mile fee for a set term. If the lease price is for fibers that are already part of an existing dark network, the buyer is responsible for all the incremental costs that occur when leasing a dark fiber network. This includes the costs it takes to connect your facility to the closest access point on an existing fiber route.

Connect your network with a Fiber Regen Cabinet Platform

Once you’ve determined leasing dark fiber is the best option for your company, the biggest obstacle is deciding how to connect your facility to the dark network. While precast concrete shelters have been the main hubs for projects like these, new and more cost effective telecom solutions are just now hitting the market.

BDC Group, Inc can provide an exclusive high grade steel customizable regeneration platform that will act as the connection for your fiber regeneration site. Using an FRCP (Fiber Regen Cabinet Platform) gives you the ability to reduce lead times with an 8 to 10-week site build.

This provides an estimated 60-70% savings cost and an overall 50% minimum energy cost savings. The customized high-grade steel platform can be placed anywhere and will decrease overall cost of ownership over time.

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If you are in the market to lease dark fiber and looking for ways to expand business can provide your company with a multitude of benefits. It can save you time and money, and gives your business the flexibility to grow and thrive independent from larger carriers.


(1) Recode: An explosion of online video could triple bandwidth consumption again in the next five years