APA Cables & Networks (APACN) announced a complete Cross-Connect Upgrade Kit for the APACN Fiber Scalability Center (FSC), the Company's product-line of Outside Plant (OSP) cabinets for any Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) architecture. The FSC Upgrade Kit protects the cabinet investment, by allowing field technicians to convert a cabinet originally deployed in a traditional PON architecture, into a Cross Connect solution.
Today's FTTP architectures typically utilize 1x32 splitters within an OSP cabinet. However, as bandwidth demands increase, FTTP architects are predicting that lower count splitters, such as 1x16, 1x8 or even 1x4 configurations will be required. The Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) deployed today can support these changing architectures without changing the footprint of the cabinet or risk the investment of the cabinet already installed.
"To maximize the bandwidth potential of their available fiber, some of our FTTP clients see a need to implement or migrate to a home-run architecture, in which no splitter is utilized in the fiber plant," commented Johnny Hill, APACN vice president of product management and development. "By way of the FSC Upgrade Kit, a broadband service provider can convert a cabinet servicing a FTTH PON to a FTTH home run scenario as customer bandwidth demands dictate."
Rather than eliminate the splitter, in some environments network designers are deciding to move the splitter from the cabinet to the central office, be it for increased ease of serviceability, trouble-shooting or maintenance. The APACN FSC platform also allows the user to re-deploy the original splitter into a central-office configuration, eliminating the risk of splitter obsolescence.
The FSC Cross Connect Upgrade Kit is a turn-key solution available in 48-port pre-terminated modules complete with pre-terminated subassemblies, splice trays, and associated hardware for patch only and patch and splice applications. The Kit supports the entire line of APACN's FSC OSP cabinets.
The Fiber Scalability Center is designed for "grow-as-you-go" cost containment consistent with other cabinets. Unique to the system is its easy installation and upgradeability, allowing companies to rollout FTTP services without a large initial expense. In comparison to competitive solutions where field engineers must route all the cables into a parking lot and then re-route the cables again when they go into service, APACN's "One-Touch" installation system, utilizing its unique slide-out "Valet Parking" design, reduces installation time because pigtails are "pre-parked" and do not need to be touched until service turn-up. It also provides for easy identification and protection of jumper cables and the ability to scale splitter capacity as demand requires. The FSC supports patch & splice applications with an all-in-one 12-fiber cassette, the building block for all APACN cabinets.