The FieldSmart Hub Collapse Cabinet (HCC) from fiber management/connectivity specialist Clearfield Inc., is designed for the cable operator looking to separate its passive infrastructure from the electronics without the need for a standard hub architecture.

The FieldSmart HCC reportedly provides a centralized location that can house both optical components and fiber terminations, making it an ideal solution for service providers looking to maximize the existing fibers within their network. With its small footprint (16" L x 16" W x 32" H), real-estate costs can be minimized with a multiple variety of mounting options (pole, pad or vault mount), the company adds.

Fiber management is centralized and protected from environmental concerns. Designed to accommodate as many as 120 fiber terminations using Clearfield’s Clearview Cassette (for more information, click here), the HCC also allows for as many as 32 LGX-compatible CWDM/DWDM modules to use existing optical components in the network.??

"New technologies are being brought to market to collapse the hub architecture, move fiber close to the consumer and effectively increase speeds," comments COO Johnny Hill. "Field engineers within the cable television markets deploying these new electronics have been thrilled with the cost-effective means to extend their existing infrastructure, but have been challenged by the inconvenience of housing the electronics and passive connectivity within the same enclosure. With our new FieldSmart HCC, our customers? have reported that they have been able to collapse the hub and move the electronics and fiber closer to the user with the added convenience of separating the electronics, optical components and fiber connectivity."??

Without the FieldSmart HCC, Clearfield says moves, adds and changes (MAC) required at the physical layer needed to be done with a boom truck. “As a result, in some locations the cost of the MAC had skyrocketed,” the company notes. “The FieldSmart HCC is easily pole-mounted near the O-Hub so that all MAC work is done on the ground, dramatically lowering its cost. In addition, the electronics remain deployed near the neighborhood where the bandwidth is required, but is no longer at risk due to craftperson access.”?

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