August 1, 2006 Plymouth, MN -- APA Cables & Networks, provider of fiber connectivity systems for FTTx networks and wholly owned subsidiary of APA Enterprises, today announced an integrated central office (CO) fiber frame system designed for FTTx deployments that use a homerun passive optical network (PON) methodology.
APACN's integrated fiber frame system, the Fiber Distribution System (FDS), is an ideal fiber management solution for environments where thousands of individual fibers require the best in modularity, flexibility, and accessibility, say company representatives. In addition, the architecture enables a migration from passive to active gear.
This configuration allows service providers to deploy into environments where:
• The number of desired homes can be effectively reached from the CO over a 1 x 32, 1 x 16, or 1 x 8 signal strength;
• Placement of OSP cabinets is not desirable;
• OSP cabinets are used as cross-connects only; and
• Control and administration of optical components is desired back in the CO.
APACN claims its high-density FTTx fiber frame system allows for a FTTx network to be managed in one convenient centralized location. Distribution panels, splitters, and WDM are incorporated into the system and allow for easy patching from active to passive gear, RF video overlay, and distribution out to customers.
The building block for APACN's FTTx FDS frame solution is a 6-in high footprint that allows for a range of panel configurations, densities, connectors, and adapter options. Utilizing APACN's high-density panels and optical component chassis loaded with WDM modules and 1 x 32 modules, up to 576 customers can be served in a standard 7-ft frame. Unique to the system is its modular design, which allows for fast deployment without a large initial expense, says the company. The modular design also facilitates an easy upgrade path by enabling operators to install additional panels and components as customer take-rates grow.
"Density along with access and protection in the central office is a chief concern of every telecommunications engineer," notes Johnny Hill, APACN vice president of product development. "The APACN solution offers all three without requiring the service provider to completely outfit their central office at the on-set of the project. The modularity of the platform ensures a 'grow-as-you-go' deployment methodology."
Thanks to the modularity of its platform design, APACN can configure its products to fit specific user needs. Customized rack elevation drawings, providing visualization of individual customer network requirements, are available without charge.
The FTTx FDS is designed for 23-in frame environments. Systems are available in 7-, 8-, and 9-ft configurations with an accompanying line of fiber management accessories.