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 Question by Aldrin Lachica posted 22 Apr 2001
Based on fiber-optic technology, what are some of the practical problems of running a fiber to every desk?
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 04 May 2001
Dear Aldrin,

I would suggest several practical problems with fiber-to-the-desk.

1. NIC cards and switch ports are times more expensive than copper ones.
2. Data trasfer speed are still the same as for copper ones.
3. People are affraid of fiber as an extremely fragile media. It's not entirely true, but if you step over a fiber patch cable (as you do every day with copper one), you will easily destroy it.
4. Labor cost for the installation tends to be higher for fiber since it requires better trained personnel.
5. Work area components selection is very limited from any vendor due to low demand as compared to copper parts. So you are not always able to select what you like.
6. Future proof is not as cristal clear as vendors advertize it. There are still several generations of fibers, and if you stick with the older one, you would have to upgrade in the future. Maybe equally as soon as you would do that with copper.

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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