Clearfield releases OSP-based PON support panel

MARCH 20, 2009 -- Clearfield calls its wall-mount panel with passice optical splitters the industry's first "PON in a box."

MARCH 20, 2009 -- The FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) indoor wall-mount panel from Clearfield (search Lightwave for Clearfield) teams 144 ports of fiber connectivity with up to four splitters in a 24x26x8-in. footprint.

Ring-cut capable, the panel is designed for the deployment of PON-based FTTH networks in a multidwelling unit, allowing for 12 to 144 ports of connectivity from a single deployment point. The wall-mount panel is also stackable, allowing for 288 port availability to support configurations for deploying flat drop cable to the customer dwelling unit.

The panel brings the fiber protection of an outside plant fiber distribution hub to the access network without the cost of a pad or underground enclosure. Splitter modules stack together in a top-loaded splitter cage. The ruggedized outside plant-rated splitters, identical to those used in the FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center, ship with the individual legs pre-parked within a disposable FieldSmart "Parking Block."

With the Clearview Cassette as its foundation, the FDP uses the same components as the other elements of the FieldSmart platform. The cassette is designed to reduce training and installation time for the technician and allows for a single fiber-management component to be stocked for all environments.

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