Clearfield Expands Line of Outside-Plant Cabinets

  • Clearfield
  • FTTH
  • Fiber Management
MINNEAPOLIS - Clearfield's customers have been clear about their needs for FTTH outside plant: higher port counts, pole-mounted solutions, and lower splicing costs, all without sacrificing quality or convenience. Clearfield, which specializes in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, responded by expanding its FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) line of OSP cabinets.

The new FieldSmart FSC 432-port cabinet, which is now shipping, extends the scalability of the platform by providing up to 432 fiber ports in a pad-mount or pole-mount option. The FSC-432 joins the line FSC-288, FSC-576 and FSC-1152 port solution.

When deployed as PON cabinets, all Clearfield OSP cabinets use identical splitter modules, with sufficient fiber "legs" to reach any port on the cabinet. When deployed as cross-connect cabinets, they provide a minimum of 48 user-defined feeder ports, allowing service providers the ability to custom-configure feeder-to distribution ratios.

"Flexibility is key," comments Johnny Hill, chief operating officer for Clearfield. "Most every application environment is unique, and having the ability to define feeder-to-distribution ratios on the fly has made the Clearfield OSP cabinet an important tool in reducing the cost of deploying broadband connectivity."

"Before joining Clearfield, I was responsible for the outside-plant design of an extensive FTTH build," says Brian Schrand, senior member of Clearfield's technical staff. "Having deployed hundreds of these cabinets, I know that having an identical splitter in every cabinet – and every central office build - was a significant time and money saver. Stocking a single SKU for splitters reduced our inventory requirements."

"Our goal is to ensure that our product lines are the most craft-friendly in the industry," says Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield. "When I speak to executives of our telephone customers, they've commented that always having the right product on hand, without the huge cost or space requirements of a lot of inventory, keeps their plows running, their technicians building and their projects on schedule."

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