Resources on Fiber Optic Products

Challenge

Lincoln Telephone initially considered using outside optical network terminals (ONTs), but the deployment design was not proceeding as smoothly as hoped. Clearfield only needed a small space on the outside of the house to terminate the drop fiber and from there, feed the fiber into the home.

Solution

“We’ve used Clearfield for years,” says Aaron L. Daniel, Manager, Lincoln Telephone. “Clearfield provided our first fiber base for rural and small community deployments.”

Prior to this multi-year FTTH project, Lincoln Telephone used the Clearview® xPAK for duplex fiber needs — such as twin homes or dual business buildings — and likes its in-cassette splicing because it’s “simple and clean,” per Daniel. Engineered to land small port count fiber assemblies and optical components as conveniently and inexpensively as possible, the xPAK simplifies fiber management to the level of a consumable good. The xPAK can be deployed as a stand-alone device, or with FieldSmart® Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) Wall Box products optimized for both indoor and outdoor deployments.

The Clearfield solution for Lincoln Telephone’s fiber to the home (FTTH) challenge consists of running a FieldShield FLATdrop fiber drop cable assembly from the street to a house. FieldShield FLATdrop conveniently connects to the network through traditional splicing in the hand hole. The demarcation test access point on the house is the Clearfield YOURx-TAP equipped with the FieldShield Deploy Reel with 900 μm FieldShield StrongFiber, which is easily pulled through conduit into the home. This design eliminates the need for a large, bulky and unsightly outdoor ONT box on the side of a home to store excess or unused fiber and provides the final point in a completely protected fiber pathway.

Results

With the Clearfield solution, Lincoln Telephone typically connects 10 houses a day with just 2 technicians. “It just doesn’t get any simpler,” says Daniel. “It’s unreal how much time the Clearfield FTTH solution saves,” says Daniel. “If something breaks, we can repair it quickly because we’re using an all-ducted solution now. And when it comes to fiber, the labor side is the most expensive. Buying materials is the least expensive. Our total cost was cut in half. Now, it’s all Clearfield fiber to and in the home.” Targeted to be done in three years, the project is on track for over 50% completion by the end of the first year. An additional 40% will be finished by the end of the second year and the remaining connections will be done in the final year. “This saved us so much time,” says Daniel. “We’re so happy we chose Clearfield.”

Products Used

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Clearview xPAK

At first glance, Clearview xPAK looks like any other LGX compatible package, but upon closer inspection, technicians…

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FieldShield FLATdrop

FieldShield FLATdrop is the first pre-connectorized flat drop style cable to provide hardened environmental performance…

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FieldShield StrongFiber Deploy Reel

The FieldShield StrongFiber Deploy Reel is a 4.5” x 1” (114.30 mm x 25.40 mm) spool, designed to hold up to 300 feet…

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FieldShield StrongFiber

FieldShield StrongFiber is a durable high tensile strength fiber when compared to other fibers of its size. It is…


About Lincoln Telephone

Lincoln Telephone has provided phone services to the Lincoln, MT, area since 1921. The company’s services include analog, digital and VOIP telephone; video; and high-speed internet. It is delivering fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology to its exchanges over the next few years.


About Clearfield, Inc.

Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes fiber optic management, protection and delivery products for communications networks. Our “fiber to anywhere” platform serves the unique requirements of leading incumbent local exchange carriers (traditional carriers), competitive local exchange carriers (alternative carriers), and MSO/cable TV companies, while also catering to the broadband needs of the utility/municipality, enterprise, data center and military markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Clearfield deploys more than a million fiber ports each year. For more information, visit www.SeeClearfield.com.