Belden’s comprehensive cost study and Total Cost-of-Ownership analysis for Category 6A, Category 6 and Category 5e cabling in new hospital construction makes a compelling case for the use of high-performance Category 6A cabling systems.

Modern healthcare facilities are facing many complex challenges. In a recent study, market researchers Frost & Sullivan suggested that some of these challenges might be simplified and distilled down to two fundamental issues: 1) the increasing costs of the healthcare delivery process; and, 2) the need for the efficient delivery of reliable healthcare services to a population base that is growing in numbers and living longer at the same time. Driven by financial, operational and clinical challenges as well as changing regulatory requirements, the healthcare industry has turned to technology to resolve or mitigate these issues.

The success of this approach lies in building robust, high-performance cabling infrastructures that provide reliable, sustainable foundations for the current and future IT and clinical technologies that drive modern healthcare facilities.

As with any infrastructure system, extending operational lifespan and avoiding costly upgrades are the keys to reducing Total Cost-of-Ownership (TCO) and increasing Return-on-Investment (ROI). In turn, the keys to controlling these factors lie in understanding the initial deployment costs and the projected upgrade costs for the different types of cabling that may be used in healthcare facilities today.

Until now, detailed cabling costs for new hospital construction have not been readily available. For the benefit and decision-support of our end-customers, the consultant community, and our business partner network, Belden has completed a thorough study of these costs. The results are provided in this white paper, along with a comparative analysis of the TCO for an infrastructure based on ANSI/TIA Category 6A, Category 6 and Category 5e cabling technologies.

The results indicate that implementing a Category 6A-based cabling plant, despite its higher initial cost, will significantly reduce (improve) TCO when compared to Category 6 or Category 5e-based systems and their respective upgrade costs over time.

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