Clearfield (NASDAQ:CLFD) has introduced the FieldSmart Fiber Distribution Hub (FDH) 144-port Cabinet, designed to support the outside plant for all markets including PON and cross-connect applications. Intended to extend FTTx deployments, including fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), the cabinet provides an interconnect environment from the feeder network through the passive optical splitter to the distribution network for deployment of PON services into new markets.
The FieldSmart FDH Cabinet is designed to let network planners incrementally expand PON deployments as they expand farther into less densely populated areas. The smaller port cabinet features the company's Clearview Blue modular building block cassette, with which fiber is deployed in increments of 12, providing users the ability to scale from 12 ports to full capacity, aligning capital investment with network layout or subscriber revenue.
"Operators today are looking at an increasingly diverse set of target markets and need products that help them quickly and cost effectively deploy fiber throughout the outside plant," said Johnny Hill, chief operating officer and co-founder, Clearfield. "At Clearfield, our mission is to provide a comprehensive solution set that enables customers to deliver fiber services over any network, to any customer, in almost any environment."
The FieldSmart FDH 144-port Cabinet incorporates a new modular shell design in which the provider can repair or replace a damaged cabinet without disrupting existing service. The cabinet includes a new pyramid shaped roof/solar shield for additional protection for deployed fiber. Mounting options include pole or pad/vault mounted with either a 4-inch or 12-inch riser.
Available for shipping in March, the cabinet is designed to comply with Telcordia GR-20, GR 487, GR-1221 and GR-1209 and was designed and tested to Telcordia GR-326.