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Clearfield Unveils the FieldSmart Flex Box; Sets New Benchmark for MDU Fiber Deployments


Unique Wall Box Design Simplifies Fiber Design for Multi-Dwelling
Unit (MDU) Deployments

. (NASDAQ:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management, optical
pathway and connectivity platforms for communication service providers,
today introduces the FieldSmart
Flex Box
. The flexible wall box affords service providers a quicker
path to subscriber revenue with easier installation by interconnecting
different types of media and pathways into a single fiber distribution
and aggregation point. The Flex Box is Clearfield's latest expansion of
its FieldSmart Small Count Delivery (SCD) line of wall boxes.

Building upon the FieldShield pushable fiber and microduct pathway
product line which links thousands of consumers to their broadband
networks today, the FieldSmart Flex Box extends the Clearfield building
block design philosophy to the Multi-Dwelling Units (MDU) or
Multi-Tennant Units (MTU) environment — and will greatly benefit
carriers looking to deploy fiber services in both dense urban
environments and suburban developments.

"MDU/MTU environments are very challenging as every apartment, condo or
commercial building is unique. Designers face a constant challenge of
how to architect universal and flexible solutions that simplify project
planning, lower the cost of deployment and accelerate turn-up time,"
said Johnny Hill, Chief Operating Officer at Clearfield. "The features
of the Flex Box dramatically simplify installation and reduce start-up
times, helping deliver a faster time to market and lowering the barrier
to entry for new service introduction."

The FieldSmart Flex Box efficiently integrates and distributes different
types of media with a single, modular connection point. With removable
aggregator plates, different fiber types pass through ports where fiber
cascading or custom media applications are required.

The FieldSmart Flex Box accommodates direct connection of FieldShield
Microduct that provides a fiber delivery pathway to quickly connect and
deploy pre-terminated, factory-tested pushable and pullable FieldShield
Fiber, via the Clearview Cassette, SmartRoute Plate, or the newly
developed Drop Wheel technology. With the FieldShield Drop Wheel,
service providers can now deliver multiple 900 µm fiber distribution
lengths of up to 200 feet with a single SKU, removing the requirement of
fiber slack management while still maintaining end-to-end, plug-and-play

Reversible door and dual side lock security options provide
dual-direction mounting options to suit the desired pathway. This
simplified approach will help reduce technician time on-site for
installs, and with its reduced complexity, will require less technical
training with field service teams. With the ability to house optical
splitters and a variety of additional connectivity options, the Flex Box
can be configured for point-to-point, centralized split, and distributed
split applications. The Flex Box has a flammability rating of 5VA (UL
94) as well as NEMA 4 rating for indoor and outdoor environments.

Clearfield will be showcasing the FieldSmart Flex Box at the SCTE Cable
Tec Expo 2017, October 18-20 in Denver, CO, as well as at the
rescheduled ISE EXPO in November 2017. Watch the introduction
, and for more information, contact a Clearfield Representative
or visit the website at

About Clearfield, Inc.

Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes
fiber optic management, protection and delivery products for
communications networks. Our "fiber to the anywhere" platform serves the
unique requirements of leading incumbent local exchange carriers
(ILECS), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), Wireless
operators, 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

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