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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Dark-Fiber Network Services Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Dark-Fiber Network Services?

What is the average price of Dark-Fiber Network Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Dark-Fiber Network Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Dark-Fiber Network Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Dark-Fiber Network Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Dark-Fiber Network Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Dark-Fiber Network Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase Dark-Fiber Network Services?

In 2018, ProcurementIQ estimates that there are 167 providers of dark-fiber network services in the United States. Collectively, the top four firms account for more than 55.0% of total revenue, indicating a high level of concentration within the market. Suppliers’ fiber networks must be located near their buyers’ operations. Because... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Security

What measures do you take to secure your clients’ fiber optic networks?

Can you describe for me the last time the security of your network was compromised? What measures did you take to resolve this breach?

How will you ensure your network is secure enough to meet associated regulatory standards?

Do you compensate your clients for any fines or penalties they incur due to regulatory noncompliance stemming from issues on the supplier end?

Service Availability

What are your hours of operation?

Do you offer an emergency line to call in case we have network problems outside your normal hours of operation? If so, do you charge an additional fee for your emergency services?

How many clients do you have for every IT support consultant you have on staff? How might this affect your availability?

Do you have any partnerships you can leverage to ensure we get support services when needed if your staff is unavailable?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my Dark-Fiber Network Services RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should include the budget for the contract.

Buyers should suggest the best method of billing.

Buyers should inquire about any discounts available for public institutions and entities.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate the vendor's experience with transactions of similar complexity and scope.

Buyers should evaluate the vendor's regional experience.

Buyers should evaluate the experience and competence of the key personnel that will be providing services.

Buyers should evaluate the competitiveness of the vendor.

For other selection criteria requirements, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should include the date when proposals are due and any other relevant dates (e.g. presentations or final interviews).

Buyers should include any relevant benchmark dates that suppliers will need to be aware of.

Buyers should specify the duration of the service contract.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the Dark-Fiber Network Services supply chain?

The supply chain for dark-fiber network services has posed a minimal risk to suppliers during the past three years. Robust growth in the IT sector has stimulated strong demand for equipment related to networking and fiber optics, thereby ensuring the continuity of many upstream suppliers. While a moderately unstable transmission... Subscribe to learn more.

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MEDIUM

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