Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has expanded its YOURx terminal line with the YOURx Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT). The company describes the YOURx MPT as a craft-friendly, outside plant (OSP)-rated housing that can be reconfigured for a variety of fiber distribution and drop cable network scenarios.
Clearfield notes that many 5G small cell radio sites require duplex drop cables from the terminal out to the radio equipment. The drop ports of the YOURx MPT are large enough to accept two LC connectors through each port. The YOURx MPT also offers the ability to deploy with optical component or mid-span capabilities, in-terminal splicing, or for consolidation of termination locations if desired. Network designers can use the MPT features to provide patch-only, patch-and-splice, or MPO connectors. The options for connectors, splicing, and optical components support limitless configurations, Clearfield asserts. The company says the ability to choose the appropriate fiber connector choice is a distinct advantage over traditional hardened fiber-optic connector (HFOC) terminals.
The company also says the YOURx MPT accepts any industry cable with a diameter of up to 0.70 inches, providing easy installation and a water-tight seal for placement below grade, in a similar fashion to a splice case. Designed to meet Telcordia GR-487 and GR-3125 specifications, the product can be installed on a strand, attached to a pole, attached to a wall, or contained within a pedestal. The adapter plate inside the YOURx MPT can be configured to accept either 8 SC, 16 LC, or 8 MPO connectors with the ability to mix and match connectors within the same terminal.
The YOURx terminal product line also minimizes the amount of splicing performed in outside plant equipment and eliminates the need for splicing downstream of the closure, as components, including WDMs, splitters, and drop cables, arrive as pre-connectorized assemblies.
Additional product features include:
- Eight individual sealed distribution drop ports with a snap-in splice chip, supporting 12 loose tube splices or 36 mass fusion splices and the ability to store up to 8 feet per buffer tube.
- Entry point that uses a split sleeve grommet design for easy installation.
- Slide off bulkhead plate that provides easy access for cleaning or testing connectors.
“Customers are seeking both mid-span and terminal solutions that support fiber delivery with standard connectors, low insertion loss, and a cost-effective method for deploying business services and small cells” said Kevin Morgan, CMO at Clearfield. “Only providing the number of fibers needed and consolidating splicing/termination locations saves on both material and labor costs.”
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