To address service providers' need for a smaller, unobtrusive fiber distribution hub cabinet, Clearfield this week unveiled a 144-port unit for PON and cross-connect applications.
The FieldSmart FDH 144 Port PON Cabinet features a modular design; pyramid-shaped roof and solar shield, plus venting ports to protect deployed fiber, wrote Steve Knudtson, outside plant manager at Clearfield, in a company blog. To fit into limited spaces, providers can mount the cabinet via pole, wall, vault or pad/vault with either a 4- or 12-inch riser, he said.
The cabinet provides operators with an interconnect environment that encompasses the feeder network through the passive optical splitter to the distribution network, according to Clearfield. The interconnect environment grants service providers the ability to cost-effectively launch passive-optical network (PON) services into new markets, the vendor added.
"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 of Clearfield, in a statement.
Carriers need to push fiber deeper and extend into new markets; subscribers want higher bandwidth services to support 4K video, smart home services, residential WiFi and other bandwidth-intensive applications, said Julie Kunstler, principal analyst, Network Infrastructure and Software at Ovum, a sister company to Broadband World News.
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"Delivering products that enable service providers to lower both the upfront costs and ongoing management and maintenance costs, provides competitive advantages, enabling carriers to more easily expand the range and reach of their FTTx deployments," she said.
The FieldSmart Fiber Distribution Hub Cabinet is compliant with Telcordia GR-20, GR 487, GR-1221 and GR-1209 and was designed and tested to Telcordia GR-326. It is slated to ship this month.
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