Monday, January 23, 2017

Fiber Optic Cable Remains Number 1 Resource in Telecom for 2017

Pressure is increasing on both cable content and service providers, as consumers are now more willing to cut the cord on traditional television providers. Telecom carriers are experiencing subscription declines as mobile phones become more ubiquitous. And even consumer electronics companies are feeling pressure as more users choose to bypass ownership of desktop computers, utilizing their phones like portable computers.

In fact, a recent special report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, titled Telecoms in 2017, summarizes that “telecom companies will seek new sources of revenue as traditional streams dwindle and pressure from growing mobile broadband usage mounts in 2017.”

With each of these trends, the one constant is that broadband uptake is on the rise. To keep up with both consumer and business sector demands, network infrastructure investment continues to rise—and the delivery mechanism continues to be fiber optic cable.

The market drivers increasing demand are also putting pressure on cable and glass manufacturers, which is leading to long lead times for fiber. To ensure a carrier has the materials and cable needed for these network investments, proper planning is necessary to maximize time and revenue. The key to combat any mitigating factors for carriers and contractors is to plan for your fiber needs 12-18 months in advance. Allocating fiber with a well-positioned distributor should be your number one priority. This will eliminate price volatility, lead time fluctuations and supplier uncertainty.

Comstar Supply is well positioned with fiber and all of the major product lines that accompany installation. We have created a customized solution that takes the guesswork out of your outside plant needs and allows for a smooth transition from planning to construction. We work with our customers to tailor a system that allows us to distribute fiber facilities monthly based on your needs, while allowing for additions or subtractions on your orders. This arrangement not only provides the availability of your most critical resource (fiber), but also allows flexibility regardless of market conditions.

To learn more about putting Comstar Supply’s fiber allocation to work for you, please contact us today.