Clearfield expands FieldSmart fiber panel product line

JULY 29, 2009 -- The panels are targeted for the deployment of PON-based FTTH networks in multidwelling units, allowing for up to 144 ports from a single deployment point.

JULY 29, 2009 -- To address the need for scalability and flexibility in the access network, Clearfield Inc. (search Lightwave for Clearfield) has expanded its FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) wall-mount panel product line. The "PON in a BOX" series now includes 36- and 96-port models, all with support for PON-based applications. Ring-cut capable, the series of panels is targeted for the deployment of PON-based FTTH networks in multidwelling units (MDUs), allowing for up to 144 ports total from a single deployment point.

Seeking a versatile, cost-effective way to terminate outside-plant (OSP) fiber-optic cable at customer premises in its new FTTX installations, service provider Triangle Communications selected Clearfield's wall-mount panel line. Ben Calvert, lead engineer of Triangle Communications, explains, "The versatility that the wall-mount panel provides allows us to use one product to fit a variety of customer needs. In many of our FTTX applications, space is limited, so having the ability to grow without having to replace the wall-mount panel is a big plus."

Utilizing the Clearview cassette, the series allows the user to match growing fiber needs and applications with the series of port sizes available. With the Clearview cassette as its foundation, the FieldSmart FDP 36, 96, and 144 wall-mount panels use the same components as other elements of the FieldSmart platform. The cassette allows for a single fiber management component to be stocked for all environments, reducing inventory stocking levels during installation or maintenance. Integrated cassette components fully nest into the cassette's main housing to support any application or fiber type desired. Within the cassette, all fibers from the subassembly are slack stored, bend radius protected, and secured against accidental physical damage from handling. The cassette is designed to operate in the access network, the central office, and in the field.

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