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With unrivaled product innovations and nimble service, Clearfield is changing the way the industry views optical fiber management

thesiliconreview-cheri-beranek-ceo-clearfield-17“We enjoy an environment where we work hard and play hard, and at the end of a long and successful work day, we’re the ones you want to hang out with, get in a boat or head out on the trails with.” 

Clearfield, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes fiber optic management products, helping service providers reduce the 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 while enabling our customers to scale their operations as their subscriber revenues increase.

Beyond plug-and-play, Clearfield’s patented technologies and nimble product delivery allows providers to react to the inevitable variables of a network deployment, saving planning, inventory, labor and deployment time for a TCO offering unmatched by any one else in the industry.

As an early innovator in FTTH and a pioneer in delivering modular, scalable, building-block solutions, Clearfield established itself as a thought leader in this rapidly developing industry. And while fiber is not new, Clearfield’s fresh approach is innovating fiber networks.

The heart of it all: The Clearview Cassette

No matter which product line you are using or whether you’re networking in the Inside Plant, Outside Plant or In-Building, everything we do is based on the architecture of the Clearview Cassette. While it’s designed to fulfill all the “musts” of fiber management, the cool thing is that your technicians learn it once and then the cassette becomes like using Legos simply rearranging the pieces, depending on your fiber network solution!

Clearfield keeps it Simple

The Clearfield design philosophy is the difference between the pen and the pencil.

Designing a pen when a pencil will do only increases the cost to the customer with no real added benefit. Ensuring that the basic rules of fiber management are met and reliably maintained, simple, yet innovative, features are only added when the benefit results in lower deployment costs through reduced installation and service turn-up time, elimination of other material costs and total cost of ownership.

When it comes to distribution, consolidation, management and protection of fiber, nothing comes close to Clearfield’s stream-lined, practical approach. Designed for scalable deployment, craft-friendly operation, and unsurpassed performance, Clearfield’s simplicity in design delivers your lowest total cost of ownership. And with the flexibility to deploy the product platform in your entire range of fiber applications – whether it’s FTTP, cell backhaul, distributed antenna, node collapse or other premise or commercial environment, Clearfield is your fiber connectivity specialist.

Clearfield Product Lines

Clearfield sets the standard for fiber performance with FiberDeep cable assemblies, while lowering the cost of broadband deployment with the FieldSmart fiber management platform and the CraftSmart OSP enclosure system.

  • FieldSmart is the only fiber management platform to be designed around a single architecture – Clearview Classic, Clearview Blue and the small count Clearview xPAK – for the inside plant, outside plant and access network. FieldSmart supports a wide range of panel and cabinet configurations, densities, connectors and adapter options, and are offered alongside an assortment of passive optical components.
  • CraftSmart is the industry’s only field enclosure system optimized for fiber deployment at the network’s last miles access point. These thermoplastic above and below-grade enclosures provide turn-key physical fiber protection for passive optical networks.
  • FiberDeep guarantees .2dB or less insertion loss on every single mode patch cord and 12-fiber assembly deployed within the Clearview Cassette. No longer considered a commodity in today’s cable plant, 4G networks require superior performance standards – and Clearfield delivers fiber connectivity products to ensure consistent reliability.
  • WaveSmart Optical Components are custom-built for the unique light requirements and interoperability needs of PON splitting, fiber exhaust scenarios and coarse and dense division multiplexing. Clearfield delivers unparalleled fiber performance with its optical components.
  • Installing fiber where you want it, when you want it, cost-effectively is the promise of the FieldShield Optical Fiber Protection Platform. Regardless of application, FieldShield takes fiber through the fields and streets to the home or business, up the tower to the antenna or throughout the riser to the data center or desk. Used in conjunction with Clearfield’s FieldSmart fiber management solutions for the central office, outside plant and access network, FieldShield protects fiber through every distribution point of the network.

Meet the chieftain

Cheri Beranek, President and CEO: A founding member of Clearfield, Inc., Cheri Beranek is considered a communications visionary. Her extensive leadership experience and unique management style combined deliver outstanding corporate performance. Beranek was appointed Clearfield president and CEO in 2007 after having served as President of APA Enterprises’ subsidiary APA Cables & Networks. Within 15 months of her appointment, she successfully re-positioned the Company for dramatic growth. Under her direction, Clearfield has reversed 20 years of losses, recorded eight consecutive years of profitability and posted historic gains in both the market capitalization and shareholder equity. Today, Clearfield is a multinational business with more than 175 employees and over 580 customers.

Earlier and throughout her career, Ms. Beranek held a variety of executive-level positions with emerging high-growth technology companies, including Americable, Transition Networks, Tricord Systems, and Digi International. She also has extensive non-profit experience including: the City of Fargo, the Metropolitan Planning Commission of Fargo/Moorhead, and North Dakota State University.

"As a trusted business partner across all fiber access domains with operators large and small, Clearfield’s industry-leading product delivery and fiber management, protection, and delivery products enable service providers to cost-effectively build and scale their fiber networks on-time and on-budget."

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