Targeting FTTP, Clearfield intros 'PON in a PED'
April 6, 2009 -- Clearfield Inc. has introduced its FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) "PON in a PED" series for FTTP applications.
The FieldSmart FDP PON in a PED is designed to enable broadband service providers to team industry-standard pedestals, traditionally used in a copper infrastructure, with a separate insert that is Clearfield-factory pre-configured. The new product provides fiber connectivity, cable drop splicing, sheath-to-sheath splicing, and optical component housings within the Clearview Cassette. As a result, broadband service providers can now enjoy all of the fiber protection and scalability provided in the FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center outside plant cabinet within a much smaller footprint, the company says.
Clearfield asserts the FieldSmart FDP PON in a PED is ideal for smaller communities and neighborhoods because it scales from 12 to 96 homes served. The fact that FieldSmart FDP PON in a PED uses all of the same components as other elements of the FieldSmart Fiber Management Platform enables users to reduce operational expenses, the company adds. Installations are faster and inventory stocking levels are reduced.
Integrating feeder, distribution, drop cable splices, splitters, and cable slack storage for any FTTP deployment, the FieldSmart FDP PON is engineered to enable rollouts without a large initial capital expense. Integrated fiber management also minimizes the risk of fiber damage. As an alternative to the traditional fiber distribution hub, the FieldSmart FDP PON in a PED reduces deployment costs as no pad or underground enclosure is necessary at the installation point, the company says. Allocation of cassette splicing to multiple cable sheaths, along with mid-span-capable hardware, enables the user to express fiber buffer tubes through the pedestal or provide an interconnect point for separate but parallel networks.
The FieldSmart FDP PON in a PED is currently shipping.
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