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Dark-Fiber Network Services


ProcurementIQ’s Procurement Research Reports cover thousands of indirect purchasing lines. Our data and analysis help you strategically engage and negotiate with suppliers and give you the credibility to work with internal stakeholders and executives. ProcurementIQ’s Dark-Fiber Network Services procurement research provides price trends and forecasts, supplier benchmarks and negotiation questions all intended to give your company leverage during the sourcing process.
doneBenchmark Price
doneRFP/RFQ/Negotiation Questions
done3 Year Price Forecast
doneSupply Chain Analysis
doneSupplier Intelligence
doneSample Buyer Decision Scorecard

Dark-Fiber Network Services - Recent Price Trend

In the three years to 2018, the average price for dark-fiber network services has been rising slightly at an estimated annualized rate of 0.6%. Higher demand for dark fiber and mounting consolidation among suppliers has afforded suppliers the leverage to raise service prices. However, the competition that public lit fiber imposes on the market has been curbing the rate of price growth.The value.

Dark-Fiber Network Services - Total Cost of Ownership

The total supporting costs associated with dark-fiber network services can range from low to high depending on how maintenance fees are incorporated into the initial pricing structure. Maintenance fees are included in the service charges under a per-month pricing model. As such, the total cost of ownership is transparent. However, under an IRU model, maintenance fees are typically billed.

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About this Report

This report is intended to assist buyers of dark-fiber (or dark-fibre) network services. Dark fiber refers to optical fibers that are in place, but are not currently in use. Buyers can lease these unused optical fibers to send data and information. Buyers can use dark-fiber networks to create their own private communication networks without depending on traditional telecommunication providers. Vendors are telecommunication companies that control their own dark-fiber network infrastructures. Large vendors invest in their own networks, while small vendors purchase excess dark fiber from larger carriers. This report does not include dark-fiber retailers and wholesalers or vendors that lease public lit networks.

Table of Contents

At a Glance

Executive Summary

Price Environment
 Price Fundamentals
  Benchmark Price
  Pricing Model
 Price Drivers
 Input Cost Drivers
 External Demand Drivers
 Recent Price Trend
 Price Forecast

Product Characteristics
 Product Life Cycle
 Total Cost of Ownership
 Product Specialization
 Related Goods
 Subsitute Goods
 Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
 Supply Chain Dynamics
  Supply Chain Risk
  Geographic Locations
 Competitive Environment
  Market Share Concentration
  Vendor Company Types
 Market Profitability
 Switching Cost

Purchasing Process
 Buying Basics
 Buying Lead Time
  Selection Process
  Buying-Decision Scorecard
 Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Score Components

Jargon & Glossary

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