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September 23, 2008

Clearfield Launches FieldSmart Fiber Wallbox

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Clearfield has announced the launch of the FieldSmart Fiber Management Wallbox, a new component in the FieldSmart Fiber Management Platform. The new release provides 12 to 24 ports of fiber management access and protection and is ideal for both the outside plant as well as business-class environments.
At the core of the FieldSmart Wallbox is Clearfield’s Clearview Cassette that helps it to provide service providers plug and play integration based upon the configuration requirements of the application. The FieldSmart Wallbox has the ability to support all cable construction types for both Patch-Only and Patch and Splice deployments.
According to company sources, the FieldSmart Wallbox-OSP is designed for the harsh environmental conditions of the outside plant, with full Nema 4 certification. Clearfield is shipping the FieldSmart Wallbox-OSP with a field-deployed “knock-out” that allows for conduit entry while maintaining Nema 4 performance. Ideal for business-class and MDU environments, the FieldSmart Wallbox-Riser is ring-cut capable, supporting feeder and distribution cables through the riser. The company explains that both versions provide a swinging bulkhead that supports and protects sub-unit slack storage.
The Clearview Cassette is the building block of every FieldSmart product ensuring that all the basic principals of fiber management are satisfied without exposure to environmental hazards or human interaction.
Formerly APA Cables & Networks, Clearfield designs and manufactures the FieldSmart fiber management platform, which includes its latest generation Fiber Distribution System (FDS), the Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) and the Fiber Wallbox. Last week, Golden Belt Telephone Association (GBTA), a cooperative based in Rush Center, Kansas, teamed with Clearfield, for a 5-year fiber-to-the-home deployment to 18 communities in west central Kansas.
The deployment will reportedly cover approximately 4,000 square miles and 3,000 homes in rural Kansas when completed in 2013.
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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart