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Press Release -- September 18th, 2012
Source: Clearfield Communications

Clearfield Launches New Fiber Management Products: Clearview Blue and FieldSmart FxHD

Latest Generation Cassette Extends Ease of Access and Density
of Entire FieldSmart Architecture; FieldSmart FxHD Reduces
Cost of Real Estate Required by as Much as 41%

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clearfield, Inc.
(NASDAQ:CLFD, news, filings), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity
platforms for communications providers, today announced the release of
two new fiber management products designed to improve density and ease
of fiber access enabling customers to scale operations along with
growing subscriber revenues. Clearview Blue, the latest generation
Clearview Cassette, and FieldSmart FxHD, the highest density fiber
distribution system in the industry, extend Clearfield’s commitment to
maximizing all product designs for modularity and scalability.

With its integrated slack management, cable routing and compatibility
with the entire FieldSmart architecture, Clearview Blue provides
superior performance with minimal risk of fiber damage. FieldSmart FxHD
utilizes Clearview Blue’s user-defined “Blue Building Blocks” to align
desired cable counts and scale to the highest density in the industry.

“Density has always been a critical factor in fiber design. Clearview
Blue delivers not only the highest density options in the industry, but
sets the standard for access, protection, and reduced labor time,”
comments Johnny Hill, chief operating officer for Clearfield. “And our
new FieldSmart FxHD leverages Clearview Blue to make it possible for
head-ends, central offices and data centers to deploy more ports per
square foot and reduce the cost of real estate by more than 40%.”

Clearview Blue

Designed for the utmost in modularity and scalability, Clearview Blue
is used across the FieldSmart architecture, providing superior fiber
protection from the inside plant, through the outside plant and into
the access network of panels, frames, outside plant cabinets and
wallboxes. Deployed as a 12-port self-contained fiber management
device, service providers can stock a single fiber management component
for all environments. By reducing inventory levels, and technician
training and installation time, the basic principles of fiber
management are promoted without exposure to environmental hazards or
human interaction. Clearview Blue offers:

— A smaller footprint that minimizes space requirements, reducing the cost
of deployment.
— Flexibility and a simple snap together design that saves time and
accelerates turn-up.
— 10 feet of integrated slack storage and splicing functionality resulting
in reduced labor time and ultimate space savings.
— Building Block packaging that offers compatibility with the FieldSmart
FxHD panel and extends Clearfield’s ongoing commitment to providing
customer-led configurability in all of its designs.
— Flexibility and reliable performance in the toughest operating
environments in the access network, central office and in the field.

FieldSmart FxHD

FieldSmart FxHD utilizes Clearview Blue with a user-defined “Blue
Building Block” approach that enables the service provider to align
desired cable counts and scale to the highest density in the industry.
The number of ports housed per square foot is improved by more than
40%, reducing the real estate cost by $.75 per port per year. For a
central office of 20,000 ports, an annual savings of $15,000 is

“Our office was excited to hear that Clearfield was developing the
FieldSmart FxHD high density fiber frame,” said Steven Weaver, senior
project engineer for Mid-State Consultants. “As our clients turn
towards utilizing Active Ethernet solutions and higher fiber counts we,
in turn, are looking to provide high density fiber solutions for our
customers. Thanks to Clearfield for being a part of that solution.”

FieldSmart FxHD offers:

— A modular and space maximizing frame solution. At a floor footprint of
18″ x 36″, the FieldSmart FxHD can house 2,016 ports in 4.5 square foot
footprint. The unit provides for rear access, but can be fully deployed
using a front access only approach, minimizing required aisle space and
maximizing the utilization of real estate.
— Cable routing integrity that maximizes proper slack storage of any
jumper length. An integrated “W” intra-bay route path greatly reduces
the chance of improper jumper tie-in or weaving. Upper and lower troughs
support a combined 6600 jumpers for inter-bay routing with left and
right exit paths. Fold down lower trough door allows for complete access
while providing superior physical fiber protection when closed.
— Easily deployed alongside other FieldSmart frame solutions or
competitive alternatives for an easy bay-line up migration or growth

Shipping and Availability

Clearview Blue and FieldSmart FxHD are currently available from
Clearfield and its network of distribution partners for immediate
shipping. Clearview Blue can be purchased individually or assembled in
Clearview Building Blocks of two or more cassettes (24 ports or more)
to configure to exact port count specifications. Installation for
FieldSmart FxHD is compatible alongside current generation FxDS frame
line-ups as well as other 19″ or 23″ frame solutions. For further
information, contact your Clearfield sales representative or visit

About Clearfield, Inc.

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(TM) 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.

About Mid-States Consultants

Mid-State Consulting LLC. provides complete Information Technology
support bringing experience with network and user support, association
management systems, strategic IT planning, web site strategies, and
more including: Onsite and Remote IT Management, Virtualization, Cloud
Management. Technology Consulting, Disaster Recovery and Business
Continuity Planning, as well as 24 hour Remote Monitoring and Help Desk

CONTACT: Clearfield PR Contact
Christy Kemp
Calysto Communications
Tel: + 1 404 266 2060 x539

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