2 Type of Cable: Overhead and Underground Cable

Cabel can be installed above ground or underground, depending on the type of application and the environment in which the cable will be used.

Here is an explanation of what overhead cable, underground cable, and examples of these cables:

Overhead Cable

Overhead cable is a type of cable that is installed above ground, usually on electricity poles. Overhead cables are used to provide electricity to remote and hard-to-reach areas, or in rural areas. These cables can be single or branched, and made of materials such as aluminum or steel.

Examples of overhead cables are the power cables we see hanging above roads or buildings, such as the power cables seen in rural areas or on electricity poles.

Underground cable

Underground cable is a type of cable that is installed underground. This cable is usually used in urban areas, buildings, or homes that require electrical cables but do not want to see them. Underground cables are usually more expensive to install than overhead cables because they require a more complicated installation process.

Underground cables consist of single or branched cables, and are made of materials such as copper or aluminum. Examples of underground cables are cables that are installed in pipes or special channels underground and are used to connect power networks between buildings or residences.

Examples of overhead and underground cables

Overhead cable:

  • The power cable that is seen hanging above roads or buildings

Underground cable:

  • Cable that connects electricity between buildings or homes and the power grid
  • Cables used in telecommunications networks, such as fiber optic cables
  • The power cables used in large power distribution systems, such as those used in industry