Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 9 | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | 5 9 CLEARFIELD LAUNCHES NEW FIELDSMART FIBER ACTIVE CABINETS Fiber-optimized outdoor cabinets meet rigorous demands to accommodate integration of any active component Cleareld Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD), the specialist in ber management for communication service providers, announced the new FieldSmart Fiber Active Cabinet (FAC) product line for outdoor enclosures – expanding its impressive portfolio of active and passive enclosures. Blending ber optimization with capacity for any active components in a Telcordia GR-487 tested outdoor enclosure, Cleareld is positioned to address emerging applications, such as Multi- access Edge Compute (MEC), that require low-latency ber connections at the edge of the network in a secure location. "Current and future broadband technologies require active equipment be placed deeper in the network. 'ese same technologies require that ber be placed right there alongside them to quickly transport and backhaul content with the lowest latency possible," said Johnny Hill, Cleareld's chief operating o—cer. "Our customers are expanding their ber networks, preparing to meet the insatiable bandwidth demands from new technologies like 5G and the internet of things (IoT). Having one partner that's able to work with them on any deployment is a benet." "Over the last few decades, cabinets once thought to provide extensive services became obsolete or unusable as supplier technologies advanced, leaving customers with stranded investment," said Brent Stucker, co-owner of Datacom Solutions. "With the FieldSmart Fiber Active Cabinet universal approach, service providers not only get cost-e›ective and proven deployment capabilities but also position themselves to prepare for the unforeseen needs of the future." 'e FieldSmart Fiber Active Cabinet (FAC) is designed for modularity and œexibility, while maintaining a maximum cooling capability for the active electronics investment. Designed, tested and certied to meet Telcordia GR-487, the FAC is the ideal outdoor cabinet solution for the harshest outdoor conditions, providing a sealed internal environment where external air and humidity are completely isolated from the electronic equipment. 'e FieldSmart FAC product line includes the following elements. • FieldSmart FAC 400 features a 19" vertical frame, accommodating up to 4RU of active electronics and 192 internal ber distribution ports for deployment. • FieldSmart FAC 900 features a 19" vertical frame that can accommodate up to 9RU of active electronics and up to 576 internal ber distribution ports for deployment. • FieldSmart FAC 3200 features two front and rear 16RU 23" frames that can accommodate up to 32RU of active electronics while providing up to 432 internal ber distribution ports for deployments. • FieldSmart FAC 5400 features two swing frame front and rear 27RU 23" frames that can accommodate up to 54RU of active electronics and provides up to 960 internal ber distribution ports for deployments. All four FieldSmart Fiber Active Cabinet additions are designed to accommodate the variety of standard options expected in remote cabinets, such as the rectier system, battery warmers and eld upgradeable ber bulkheads. More information can be found in the associated data sheets at EPB TO OFFER BROADBAND SOLUTIONS TO HELP COMMUNITIES COMPETE AND THRIVE Representatives from EPB Broadband Solutions of Chattanooga will be on hand to o›er their expertise and resources in support of current and aspiring ber optic service providers at the Fiber Broadband Association's 2019 Fiber Connect event, June 3–5 in Orlando, Florida. After successfully launching America's rst communitywide, gigabit-speed ber optic network and then bumping the top speed up to 10 gigabits per second as a standard o›er, EPB o›ers solutions and services designed to help other companies deploy ber optics and grow their customer bases while reducing nancial risk (including capital costs) and accelerating time to market. "As a company that puts our customers and community rst, we want to see other utilities solve the broadband gap for their areas," said Joey Greer, manager of wholesale new products for EPB. "We are always happy to put our experience and success to work to assist other communities so that they can compete and thrive." 'e EPB Fiber Broadband Solutions can assist you in launching and maintaining a ber broadband network with solutions that include 24/7/365 technical and customer support, direct internet access, video transport, dispatch and network monitoring. "Community-based ber optic networks open countless doors for improving economic growth, health care and education," said Katie Espeseth, EPB's vice president of new products and vice chairman/chair-elect of the Fiber Broadband Association. "Our goal is to help aspiring ber providers create leading products and services for their communities." EPB representatives will be available at booth # 1022 at the 2019 Fiber Connect event in Orlando's Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Y

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