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Labour costs for installation of Category 5e and Category 6 systems can be considered identical. It is therefore the difference in materials to consider.
Currently the material cost differential for a 55 metre run of cable component cost (including data cable, module and patch panel) makes Cat6 £2.55 more to install than Cat5e. The inference therefore is for new installations to seriously consider the higher performance cable.
With Cat6A there are more difficult considerations. The additional screening on Cat 6A causes complications with respect to bend radius of the cable and fill ratio in duct & channel. This will have cost implications on containment design & provision.
Termination is also on keystone jacks in both patch panel and module and can take 50%-100% longer. Materials are approximately double the cost of Cat 5 enhanced – so it can be seen that this system will be minimum 50% more.