OCTOBER 8, 2008 -- Charles Industries Ltd. (search for Charles Industries) today introduced a new addition to its fiber-optic pedestal line with the Charles Fiber Flexibility Pedestal (CFFP). According to the company, the CFFP protects centralized split points in an above-grade, environmentally protected fiber pedestal within passive optical networks.
The CFFP is designed to provide a more cost-effective option to fiber distribution hubs (FDH) with greater flexibility in placement. FDHs, sometimes referred to as local convergence points (LCP), are typically large metallic cabinets that require concrete pads or buried vaults for placement. By contrast, the base of the above-grade CFFP can be directly buried, while the pedestal dome can be removed for convenient access to the splicing area. Its compact size makes it a better choice for small neighborhoods, trailer parks, and remote locations compared to larger sized cabinets, claim company representatives. The CFFP is flood-proof and can be placed in flood-prone areas, unlike vented FDHs.
CFFP are offered in three sizes for distributing up to 96, 144, and 288 fibers respectively. Each pedestal features a specially designed pre-stubbed bulkhead panel and slots for housing 1x32 splitter modules. Technicians can quickly and easily turn up service to subscribers by removing a distribution pigtail from a designated storage "parking lot" and plugging it into the bulkhead panel's connector interfaces, explains the company. Bend control cable guides keep the pigtails neatly and securely arranged. An inner dome slides over the entire bulkhead panel area, creating a sealed chamber for added environmental protection.
The CFFP will be introduced to the public in Charles Industries' Booth (#831) at the 2008 OSP EXPO to be held Oct. 22-23 in Baltimore.
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