Clearfield introduces 864-port Fieldsmart FDH for FTTx deployments

Clearfield Inc., a Minneapolis-based fiber management provider, announced general availability of the Fieldsmart 864-port PON fiber distribution hub (FDH). This latest addition to the company’s portfolio of passive and active cabinets is designed to support fiber network integrity, secure fiber assets, provide unmatched fiber access, and protect fiber investment.

Clearfield Inc., a Minneapolis-based fiber management provider, announced general availability of the Fieldsmart 864-port PON fiber distribution hub (FDH). This latest addition to the company’s portfolio of passive and active cabinets is designed to support fiber network integrity, secure fiber assets, provide unmatched fiber access, and protect fiber investment.

The FieldSmart FDH adds multiple cabinet configurations that allow service providers to align investment in capital equipment to the turn-up of revenue-generating circuits, says the company. It enables management of up to 864 distribution fibers for an outside plant FTTx PON application. The new cabinet contrasts with the introduction of a 144-port FDH this past June (see "Clearfield goes smaller with FieldSmart FDH 144-port cabinet").

This latest FDH offering, available for shipping this September, extends Clearfield’s building-block design concepts and incorporates the ability to provide a user-defined feeder-to-fiber ratio that allows business class, home, and edge networks to be housed in a single cabinet. The pad or vault mounted cabinet boasts improved water shed, better solar shielding, and improved breathability for added fiber protection, Clearfield asserts.

“Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Distribution Hub leverages a Clearview Cassette-enabled design methodology that is critical to the emerging trends in the marketplace of designing a single-fiber network for all applications,” says Kevin Morgan, Clearfield’s chief marketing officer.

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