Clearfield has introduced a rack-mount panel that comes without wiring so that customers can use either of Clearfield’s fiber packages. The panel is sized specifically to meet the needs of the company’s MSO customers.

Service providers can install either the flexible Clearview xPak or the highly scalable Clearview Cassette in Clearfield’s new FieldSmart Small Count Delivery (SCD) rack-mount panel.

“Some of today’s latest fiber applications call for landing only a few fibers at a time. Utilizing a fixed panel or wall-mount enclosure designed for a typical telco installation is cost prohibitive in these environments – yet the integrity of these fibers is just as important,” said Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield. “The FieldSmart SCD series is designed to provide optimal fiber protection when only a small number of fiber ports are initially required.”

The company said its customers had requested to use the Clearview xPak in traditional relay rack or data cabinet environments for the provider or the end user, leading to the development of the SCD.

With the FieldSmart SCD panel, service providers can scale from two to 24 ports of fiber connectivity in a 1RU footprint and can upgrade from an xPak device to a traditional Clearview Cassette when take-rates or density demands dictate.

With a mounting plate that can be used in either a 19-inch or 23-inch environment, service providers could standardize on the FieldSmart SCD for all panel requirements, using the same panel for a 23-inch frame mount, as well as 19-inch data cabinet applications.

“In speaking with members of the MSO community, we discovered an unmet need within the industry for a high level of fiber protection within a footprint that could be housed in a 19-inch data cabinet or hut,” says Tom Warren, MSO market manager for Clearfield. “When loaded with two Clearview Cassettes, the FieldSmart SCD panel provides up to 24 ports of fiber management in a single 1RU panel, with mounting brackets that enable convenient access.”

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