In August 2022, roughly 43 percent of U.S. households had access to a fiber internet connection. Fiber internet is also used in many businesses, and installation is a key aspect when using fiber optics. With that in mind, what are the steps of fiber optic installation?

When it comes to getting fiber optic installed in your office, home, or business site, you must know the exact steps that need completing. This can help you to prepare beforehand and get a better insight into how the process works.

The good news is that at CMC Communications, we are experts in installing fiber optic cable in areas such as Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos, and many more locations. Not only this, but we have broken down exactly how fiber optics installation works.

So if you would like to learn the five steps of a fiber optic installation, read on.

1. Site Survey

The first step to getting fiber optic cable installation is to have a site survey. The evaluation gets completed by a team of fiber optic experts and it can help to establish a few important things.

One of these things is which fiber optic is best for your specific site needs. For example, some sites will require a much stronger fiber optic cable than other sites.

Fiber optic installers may also look at the permits in a certain area, as well as the complexity of the work and cost. If there are any issues when fitting fiber optic in your site, then the site survey will help to expose any problems right away.

However, if there are no issues, then our team of experts can begin organizing the next steps to ensure that you have the highest quality internet access. This leads us to the planning phase.

2. Planning

One of the most important parts of the fiber optic installation process is to have a plan. To create the plan, our engineering team will begin to specify where they are going to lay the fiber, and what utility poles may need to get used.

The engineers may also need certain permissions to use the utility poles, so they must start getting the permissions that are needed for the infrastructure.

Without proper planning, the fiber optic cables may not get laid properly, and this can cause some serious problems down the line. This is why it’s crucial to have the right fiber optic installer planning out your fiber optic installation.

3. Schedule

Once the construction work has been planned, it will need to get scheduled. This may mean that a certain location or site will be inaccessible to the public while the fiber optic installation is being completed.

These scheduled installations must get coordinated with other installations to avoid any issues when it comes to fitting fiber optics.

Once the installation has been scheduled, then it is time to begin the installation process.  During the scheduling process, we may be offering our fiber optic internet to more people in your district so that more people have access to it.

Overall, the scheduling process is fairly straightforward, and unless there are conflicting events or installations, the process should get completed quickly.

4. Installation

The installation process can be pretty complex, this is why it is always a good idea to get experts to do it for you. There are also several different aspects when it comes to installation, if one of them is completed wrong then it can cause further complications.

For the installation process, a team of engineers will come into your location and complete the plan that has been previously set out. This can mean that they dig up some ground foundations so that they can begin to lay the fiber optic cables.

The fiber gets laid directly to the premises, and this ensures that the internet connection is as fast and accurate as possible. Installations can vary from area to area and some installations will be more complicated than others.

5. Testing

Once the fiber optic has been installed, it’s then time for the cable to get tested. This allows us to know whether or not the fiber optic is working properly and how fast the connection is.

It also allows us to change the fiber optic if it is necessary. To do this, we have a fiber optic technician on hand to help with testing if it is needed.

There are also multiple different types of tests that need to get completed. This includes tests like OTDR testing and fiber optic certification testing.

All of these different tests are there to ensure that the internet connection is not only running smoothly but that the fiber optic cables are also meeting the correct standards.

The good news is that once these fiber optic cables pass all of the tests then they are ready to be used. The tests can also be done almost right away so that businesses can start benefiting from the fiber optic internet.

Get Fiber Optic Installation Today

Getting the right fiber optic installation for your business and home is crucial. While there are a lot of internet installation services out there, not all of them will provide you with high-quality installation.

This is why it’s important to choose a high-quality fiber optic installation service that you can rely on.

So if you would like to learn more about how we can help you at CMC Communications, then why not view our fiber optic installation options today.