APRIL 9, 2009 -- Clearfield Inc. (search Lightwave for Clearfield) has announced what it asserts is the industry's highest density outside plant PON cabinet, the FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) 1152-Port Cabinet. The FieldSmart FSC 1152-Port Cabinet provides up to 1,152 fibers in a 33Ã�16Ã�64-inch design. The cabinet is designed to provide optimal access to all ports and integration of superior fiber protection within the patent-pending Clearview Cassette technology for FTTH applications.
Core to the cabinet's design is the fact that fiber is protected in subunits of 12 fibers. Jacketed cable storage is eliminated because the 900-um tight buffers have shed the outer riser rated jacket in favor of the cassette that protects it not only from human accidental damage, but also provides full bend radius protection throughout, Clearfield says. The FieldSmart FSC 1152-Port Cabinet is engineered to accommodate all fiber management needs plus all the required slack storage for a 1,152-home-served "patch and splice" or "patch only" configuration in just 19.5 feet of cabinet space.
The FieldSmart FSC provides an interconnect environment from the feeder network through the optical passive splitter to the distribution network in an FTTH PON OSP cabinet. User capacity can be scaled from as few as 12 ports to the maximum configuration of 1152 ports per cabinet, allowing the service provider to align the investment in capital equipment to the turn-up of revenue-generating circuits. Labor and other field costs are minimized through its craft-friendly layout, the company concludes.
In addition to its use as a PON cabinet, the FieldSmart FSC can also be deployed in a crossconnect configuration, serving up to 1,728 connections. The cabinet is currently shipping.
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