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With copper pricing skyrocketing, fiber-optics is the way to go

While I have touted using fiber-optics for years because of its high-speed capacity, it now also appears to be the more cost-effective way to go for network infrastructure as the pricing for copper continues to skyrocket, writes adjunct Northwestern professor James Carlini.

Copper is dead. Evidently that mantra, though, is not shared by some analysts on Wal......

Full article >>> ral disasters across the globe are also contributing to further disruptions to copper output. Output has been lost during a one-month stoppage at the La Caridad mine. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold says that variations in the richness of deposits at its Grasberg mine in Indonesia led to a decline of one-third in first-quarter production from the site, which is the world's second-largest copper min......

Full article >>> ice increases on copper itself. One manufacturer says the price for copper has shot up more than 22 percent in the last three weeks. It's not over, according to Bisbee. He got this from one of his suppliers:

We have reluctantly been forced to increase prices on all Cat-3, Cat-5e and Cat-6 cables. The new prices go into effect immediately.

Unfortunately, the manufacturers are ra......

Full article >>> r at Northwestern University. He is also president of Carlini & Associates. Carlini can be reached at james.carlini@sbcglobal.net or 773-370-1888. Copyright 2006 Jim Carlini.

The opinions expressed herein or statements made in the above column are solely......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Jim Carlini 05/10/06


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