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PURCHASE OF CABLE AND CABLE WITH INSTALLATION:
How to Purchase: (TBD)
Cable is available from four types of contracts:
Cable contractors (Cable and Fiber Optics - Purchase Only)
Cable contractors (Signal Wiring and Cabling, Fiber Optic Cabling - Purchase, Installation and Maintenance)
Telephone system providers (Electronic Key Systems, Digital Centrex equipment, etc.), and
Data equipment providers (e.g. Office Automation/Systems and Peripherals, Comprehensive Service Agreements (installation), Networking, Interactive Voice Response, etc.)
Cable is a costly component of any voice or data installation and often the cable installation is subcontracted. Although it could result in additional administrative intervention by the Authorized User, it is usually advisable to solicit bids from more than one contractor to get the best quote for the cable installation.
Telephone system vendors are usually responsible for reusing existing voice cable and installing new where needed. However, if the Authorized User is installing a telephone system at a location where there is no existing cable or where existing cable ducts are to be gutted, the costs quoted by a cable vendor can potentially save the agency a substantial amount. Again, in this situation, we recommend that you get competitive quotes from the Cable contractors and your telephone system provider. Other than a data cable or two (usually Category 5), telephone system providers should not install data cable without the added competition from your data equipment provider and/or the Cable contractors.
Data equipment providers are eligible to install cable relevant to the data equipment purchase. However, these contracts are not intended to be used for full building cabling projects, voice or telephone installations, and copper or fiber optic riser servicing multiple applications. Large data equipment cable installations should be competitively procured by also requesting quotes from the Cable contractors who specialize in providing these services.
The Cable contractors received awards by competitively establishing not to exceed rates and enabling a best and final bid based on each individual project. In most instances this will result in the best rates available.
By requesting all eligible contractors to participate in a competitive environment, the Authorized User will ensure that the cost of installation will be in the best interest of the State.
Requirement is for cable only, without installation or maintenance?
Purchase cable from the Cable and Fiber Optics - Purchase Only contractors.
Requirement is for voice cable (Category 3) only?
Purchase cable from your telephone system provider. As an option, use the Cable contractors. OGS recommends that you solicit quotes from both vendors to determine the best value/lowest cost alternative. We do not recommend using your data equipment provider.
Requirement is for data cable (Categories 5, 6, etc.) only?
Purchase cable from your data equipment provider. As an option, use the Cable contractors. OGS recommends that you solicit quotes from both vendors to get the best rate. We do not recommend using your telephone system provider.
Requirement is for wiring an entire new building with voice, data and riser, either copper or fiber optics?
OGS recommends that you purchase all cable from the Cable contractors.
Requirement is for both voice and data cable?
Purchase both voice and data cable from the Cable contractors. OGS recommends that you get quotes from the voice and Cable contractors and data and Cable contractors to determine the best value/lowest cost alternative. As an option, you may purchase voice cable from your telephone system provider and data cable from your data equipment provider.
Requirement is for new riser copper or fiber optic cable to supplement existing riser?
OGS recommends that you purchase cable from the Cable contractors. As an option, purchase riser from your telephone system provider.
Requirement is for outside plant, either copper or fiber?
OGS recommends that you purchase cable from the Cable contractors. As an option, you may use your telephone system provider if the installation is a direct result of telephone system activity. We do not recommend using your data equipment provider.