Charles Industries Introduces Above-Grade Fiber Cross-Connect Pedestals

  • Charles Industries
  • Fiber Management
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL — Outside plant innovator Charles Industries Ltd. has expanded its family of fiber optic pedestal lines with Charles Fiber Cross-Connects (CFXC) for point-to-point fiber networks. CFXC provide cross-connect and testing points between the feeder network and the distribution field in FTTH networks. Compared with traditional metallic cross-connect cabinets, their above-grade pedestal form factor is more convenient and less costly to install, according to the company.

CFXC GROUPThe lift-off dome design of CFXC pedestals, unlike those of metallic cross-connect cabinets, provides flood-proof environmental protection, allowing them to be installed in almost any location. Their compact size, compared with large cabinets, makes them easier to install and well suited to small communities and neighborhoods. Right-of-ways are no longer a concern and the units can be placed directly in the ground without the need for expensive concrete pads.

CFXC feature prestubbed cross-connect bulkheads with user-specified SC/APC or SC/UPC connectors. The bulkhead is sealed inside an inner dome that protects connectors from dust, insects and other contaminants. Routing guides are provided for organized fiber management of shielded or all-dielectric ribbon or loose tube fiber cable. Once placed in the network, technicians may turn up new customers quickly and easily by placing preconnectorized jumpers from the feed panel to the distribution panel, all conveniently located on the front panel of the bulkhead.

“Placing metallic cross-connect cabinets is often cost-prohibitive in small subdivisions and groups of homes,” says Minesh Patel, vice president of Charles Industries’ OSP Business Unit. “Charles Fiber Cross-Connect Pedestals are right-sized for these applications, with room for future expansion. By utilizing CFXC and doing away with permits and concrete pad placements, service providers realize a substantial cost savings.”

CFXC are available in three pedestal diameters and five frame sizes with up to 48 (8”), 72 (8”), 96 (10”), 144 (12”), or 288 (12”) fiber connections. Both stake-mount and vault-mount configurations are available. Vault-mount models are ideal for locations that require splice-case or slack-cable storage at the same location as the cross-connect placement.


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