Clearfield Announces Modular, Scalable Fiber Management

  • Clearfield
  • FTTH
  • Fiber Management
MINNEAPOLIS -- Clearfield announced the FieldSmart Crossover Fiber Distribution System (FxDS), a custom-configured system of fiber management components intended to reduce the cost of fiber deployment while maximizing ease of use and system density. Centered around Clearfield’s Clearview Cassette, which provides integrated fiber management in a 12-port footprint, the FieldSmart FxDS provides a modular and scalable solution, requiring only four SKUs to support hundreds of configurations. Users get the ultimate in fiber protection, where it is needed, without the added cost of unnecessary components. Clearfield says the FxDS, which is scalable from 12 to 1728 ports across the network, supports any application, anywhere.

The modular approach of the FxDS brings flexibility to network design. Fiber protection elements are added or removed depending on the network environment and the configuration desired.

Configuring the FieldSmart FxDS is Simple

Supporting on- or off-frame splicing, the FieldSmart FxDS can be deployed anywhere from the inside plant through the outside plant of the network. The FxDS component can be configured as a stand-alone panel into an existing fiber frame, data cabinet or active outside-plant cabinet. For the highest inside-plant density at the lowest price point per port, the FxDS can be deployed as a dedicated frame.

The building block elements of the FxDS include the Clearview Cassette, a frame kit, crossover bulkhead, front fiber protection block and rear fiber protection block. Each element provides modularity of physical fiber protection into the environment that it is deployed.

Users can purchase the system fully loaded or use the grow-as-you-go approach, in which building blocks are added as the number of homes served increases or take rates improve. Costs are contained because only the essential protection elements are added based upon the environment served.

“The FxDS reduces the cost of broadband deployments by removing unnecessary fiber protection elements without putting the physical fiber at risk,” says Johnny Hill, chief operating officer of Clearfield. “Because the FxDs is a modular platform, and is deployed as a common architecture throughout multiple environments, cost savings are multiplied throughout the network.”

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