Press release

Clearfield Expands FieldShield® Portfolio with Industry’s Most Craft-Friendly Pre-Connectorized Cable in Conduit

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(NASDAQ:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management for
communication service providers, today announced an enhanced CIC
offering, the FieldShield D-ROP pre-connectorized assembly. FieldShield
D-ROP is a one-pass solution that provides a craft-friendly, durable and
restorable method to deliver and protect drop fiber for both in-building
and outside plant environments. The durable fiber construction of 3mm
FieldShield FLEXdrop or 2mm riser rated cable within the microduct
ensures that technicians can safely handle the installation in any field
environment without risk of damage.

Ideal for deployments in the rapidly growing Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU)
and Multi-Tenant Unit (MTU) markets, FieldShield D-ROP is the first
assembly to provide the time and cost saving benefits of connectorized
fiber drops into one, easy-to-deploy product. Traditional fiber drop
cable solutions rarely address the issue of repair and replacement, an
issue that can take up to four truck rolls to restore service per drop.
These repairs, which take an average of between five to seven hours at
up to $100 per hour to address, have a significant impact on a service
provider’s bottom line operating expenses. The FieldShield D-ROP
solution, alternatively, allows for replacement and repairs to be
completed with a single truck roll, reducing the OPEX impact for damaged
fiber drops by up to 75 percent.

FieldShield D-ROP cable delivers the added advantage of providing a
one-pass restorable pathway. If an outage occurs, a new pushable
assembly can be quickly delivered through a repaired microduct,
resulting in minimal network and service downtime. FieldShield D-ROP
also does not have the slack storage challenges that a flat drop cable
presents because the microduct slack can be ring cut and removed leaving
only the pre-connectorized fiber assembly.

“Fiber deployments can be both time-consuming and labor-intensive
processes that require a highly trained technician and splicing of the
fiber,” said Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield. “We see
demands for fiber growing at a rapid pace, and network providers are
struggling to find solutions that are cost friendly and time efficient.
Clearfield is focused on bringing solutions to market that ease the
burden of fiber deployments and replacements and that is exactly what
the FieldShield D-ROP fiber drop assemblies are designed to do.”

  • FieldShield D-ROPDirect
    Bury or Aerial 7/3.7 mm
    (available in bulk) loaded with G657A1
    bend insensitive 900μm fiber in ruggedized duct is perfectly suited
    for both buried and aerial environments.
  • FieldShield D-ROP – Direct
    Bury 10/6 mm
    pre-terminated with SC or LC connectors and 2mm cable is pre-placed in
    crush resistant, high tensile FieldShield Microduct, designed to
    withstand all types of outdoor direct bury methods.
  • FieldShield D-ROP – Riser
    Rated 8.5/6 mm
    is UL-2021 listed and is duct compliant
    to Telcordia GR-3155. The pre-connectorized 2mm cable is riser
    rated and pre-placed in 8.5/6mm microduct. The high tensile strength
    and crush resistance are ideal for applications designated as riser
    air space.

The FieldShield D-ROP assemblies are currently available for shipment.
Product samples will be on display in Clearfield booth # 1617 at Fiber
Connect, Orlando, FL, June 3-4. More information can be found on this video,
and 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 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