Clearfield FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center Now Available for Below-Grade Deployment

Clearfield FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center Now Available for Below-Grade
Deployment

OSP Cabinets Can Now be Deployed in an Underground Vault for Easement and
Aesthetic Gain

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearfield, Inc.(Nasdaq:CLFD)
today announced the FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) Below-Grade OSP
Cabinet.While thousands of traditional FieldSmart FSC Cabinets have set the
bar for fiber access, protection and density among outside plant cabinets,
this innovative below-grade design delivers identical features and
functionality, with installation out-of-sight within an underground vault. The
FieldSmart FSC Below-Grade Cabinet is available for PON, cross-connect or hub
collapse environments.

In OSP application environments where placement or easement permitting is not
cost-effective, the FSC Below-Grade Cabinet can leverage existing below grade
assets and facilities in polymer concrete or HDPE vaults and handholes.In
environments where above grade placement of cabinets, pole-mounted or on the
ground, is prohibited, the FSC Below-Grade Cabinet meets the requirement
without sacrificing the key fiber management rules of access, bend radius
protection, physical fiber protection and route diversity.

"A below-grade design alleviates the aesthetic issues of a traditional
deployment, and is able to do so without adding significant cost to the
product," explains Johnny Hill, chief operating officer at Clearfield.

Swing-Up Locking Mechanism Provides Ease of Access

The FSC Below-Grade Cabinet provides a swing-up and locking mechanism for easy
and quick dual-door access to the Clearview Cassette building blocks and
cabinet splitters. Watertight entry and exit ports secured with Sealcon
grommets and heavy-duty stainless steel fasteners, ensure watertight and
airtight deployment. Up to 72 hours of water intrusion protection is assured
should the cabinet become submerged due to flooding or run-off.

Up to 432 ports of connectivity are delivered across a variety of transport
and configuration methods:

  *In a cross-connect configuration, the FSC Cabinet supports a user defined
    feeder-to-distribution ratio without real estate penalty.
  *In a PON configuration, the FSC Cabinet is the complete solution for
    managing 288 fibers for FTTx applications.
  *In a Hub Collapse configuration, the FSC Cabinet is designed for the cable
    operator looking to separate their passive infrastructure from the
    electronics without the need for a standard hub architecture, thereby
    reducing operating costs associated with Moves, Adds and Changes.

"Easement regulations and costs can be a significant barrier to fiber
deployment," explains Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield. "In
environments where obtaining the easement to set an OSP cabinet cannot be
gained or can be gained only after significant cost, the FieldSmart
Below-Grade OSP Cabinet provides a streamlined alternative."

The FieldSmart FSC Below-Grade Cabinet can be deployed in a variety of vault
environments with specific configuration requirements and details available
directly from Clearfield. The product is compliant to: NEMA 6, GR-20, GR-409,
GR-487, GR-1221 and GR-1209. All Clearfield fiber terminations have been
tested to GR-326 compliance with every pig tail, patch cord and 12-fiber
assemblies guaranteed to Clearfield's Fiber Deep performance threshold of .2dB
insertion loss. Additional information, including datasheets and a
demonstration video, are available online at
http://www.clearfieldconnection.com/products/cabinets/bg-fsc.html.

About Clearfield

Clearfield, Inc.  (Nasdaq:CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes fiber
optic management products for the communications networks of leading ILECS,
CLECs, MSO/cable TV companies and mobile broadband providers. We help service
providers solve the Fiber Puzzle, which is how to reduce high costs associated
with deploying, managing, protecting and scaling a fiber optic network to
deliver the mobile, residential and business services customers want. Based on
the patented Clearview™ Cassette, our unique single-architected, modular fiber
management platform is designed to lower the cost of broadband deployment and
maintenance by consolidating, protecting and distributing incoming and
outgoing fiber circuits and enable our customers to scale their operations as
their subscriber revenues increase. Headquartered in Plymouth, MN, Clearfield
deploys millions of fiber ports each year throughout North America.

CONTACT: Clearfield PR Contact
         Christy Kemp
         Calysto Communications
         Tel: + 1 404 266 2060 x539
         ckemp@calysto.com
 
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