Clearfield FieldSmart FxDS offers fully loaded or growth approach to fiber management

OCTOBER 23, 2009 -- Supporting on or off-frame splicing, the fiber distribution system can be deployed anywhere from the inside plant through the outside plant of the network.

OCTOBER 23, 2009 -- Clearfield Inc. has added the FieldSmart Crossover Fiber Distribution System (FxDS), a custom-configured system of fiber management components that the company says reduces the cost of fiber deployment while maximizing ease of use and system density. Centered around the company's Clearview Cassette, which provides fully integrated fiber management within a 12-port footprint, the FieldSmart FxDS provides a modular and scalable platform requiring only four SKUs to support hundreds of configurations. Users get fiber protection where it is needed without the added cost of unnecessary components. Scalable from 12 to 1,728 ports across the network, the FxDS supports any application, anywhere.

The FxDS uses a modular approach for fiber management. Fiber protection elements are added or removed depending on the network environment and the configuration desired.

Supporting on or off-frame splicing, the system can be deployed anywhere from the inside plant through the outside plant (OSP) of the network. The FxDS component can be configured for deployment as a standalone panel into an existing fiber frame, data cabinet, or active OSP cabinet. For inside-plant density, at a low price-point per port, the FxDS can be deployed as a dedicated frame. The building block elements of the FxDS include the Clearview Cassette, a frame kit, crossover bulkhead, front fiber protection block, and rear fiber protection block. Each element provides modularity of physical fiber protection into the environment that it is deployed.

Users have the option of purchasing the system fully loaded or may utilize the grow-as-you-go approach, in which different building block elements are added as the number of homes served increases or take rates improve. The company claims costs are contained because only the essential protection elements are added based upon the environment served.

"The FxDS reduces the cost of broadband deployments by removing unnecessary fiber protection elements without putting the physical fiber at risk," says Johnny Hill, chief operating officer of Clearfield. "Because the FxDs is a modular platform, and is deployed as a common architecture throughout multiple environments, cost savings are multiplied throughout the network."

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