5 Reasons To Choose Directional Drilling Over Trenching For Your Telecommunications Project

Internet access is quickly becoming a right instead of a privilege, so many telecommunications companies are scrambling to lay thousands of feet of new cable to accommodate all the households wanting faster and more reliable service. If you're struggling to expand as quickly as possible to meet demand before a competitor steps in, stick with directional drilling for your projects. This installation method offers five unique benefits over traditional trench cutting.

Better Drilling Under Obstructions

Getting homeowners and city officials to give permission for your installation is a lot easier when you can run cable without cutting into the driveways and roads people rely on for getting to work and school. The flexible and powerful directional drilling head makes the perfect tunnel right under driveways, large landscaping trees, and roads without requiring any disturbance of the surface. The underground line stays safely protected by all that soil and pavement above it too.

Fewer Traffic Interruptions

Tired of tying up local traffic every time your team wants to stretch the current service area by a few feet? With no surface disturbance, traffic can continue as usual around your installers as they work on the site. No big pits or piles of dirt are left over like with digging out a trench, making the work site safer too. You can work in a crowded downtown area or a quiet neighborhood without fielding complaints from the people around you.

Lower Costs

Digging a trench in bare soil is already a tremendous amount of work, but most traditional telecommunications cable laying projects require digging up asphalt and concrete too. You'll save money on installation with directional drilling due to

  • Reduced labor requirements, since the equipment does more of the hard work
  • Lower equipment rental costs, due to the drill handling all the work instead of requiring you to rent a trencher, jack hammer, and half a dozen other tools
  • Fewer expenses on landscaping and driveway repairs, since the cable goes underneath those prized rose bushes instead
  • Faster job completion, saving you money on fuel, labor, and materials across the board.

Less Environmental Impact

Are you concerned about creating a green image for your company as a way to differentiate yourself from the competition? Telecommunications is a tricky field for becoming more eco-friendly, but you can definitely use directional drilling for winning green points with your customers. The drilling process is efficient, uses less fuel than other types of excavation, and it doesn't disturb the rest of the soil in any meaningful way.

This kind of control over the environmental impact of installation is especially important when you want to expand services in an area full of protected wetlands. Internet service providers often struggle with activist groups and local governments over access to these delicate sites, so proving you'll do as little damage as possible is the best way to get the permissions you need from the authorities.

Deeper Reaches

Finally, consider the biggest obstacles in your way when planning a long run of new cable. Many telecommunications companies spend thousands of dollars to snake around rivers and lakes, large building foundations, and other objects penetrating deep into the ground. A directional drill can burrow as deep as needed to send your cable safely below the obstacle, eliminating the need for going down the block and around again. Less cable means less money spent on both materials and labor.

Don't just settle for trenching because it is what your company has done for years. Try something new and branch out to enjoy all the benefits of efficient and affordable directional drilling. After using a powerful drill for at least one cable laying job, you'll definitely switch to this technique for all your future cable expansion plans.