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Corning helps you solve the key challenges at the heart of your network

Corning for Your Central Office/Headend

The central office or headend is the heart of your network that has to house, organize, and manage an ever increasing amount of fibre to cope with exploding bandwidth demand. With reliability being critical, you need products that optimise your network's capabilities during construction, operations, and that are capable for future extension. Our solutions simplify the design and deployment of your central office or headend, combining reliability and operational aspects with the need for higher density and quicker installation at the lowest total cost of ownership.

Product Families

Product Families

Centrix System

The Centrix solution is a high-density fibre management system that provides a balance of industry leading density with innovative patchcord routing. The system can be deployed in multiple applications including central office, headend, FTTx, FTTCS, and data centre.

It supports up to 4,320 LC or 2,880 SC connector ports per 7ft / 2200mm frame. 

Centrix is offered in a Front Access Cabinet that allows back-to-back configurations or mounting against a wall. The cabinet design provides optimized routing paths for jumpers, reducing the risk of pileup or entanglement. When using single-fibre jumper for patching, Corning recommends the use of 4 m long 1.6 mm patch cords in a single cabinet or for groups of up to 4 cabinets.

The foundation of Centrix is a cassette that can be tailored to include a variety of optical devices (splitter, WDM, attenuators etc.) providing flexibility and functionality within a single frame without sacrificing density.

Each cassette contains fibre guiding elements, a splice section and holds up to 24 SC or 36 LC connector adapters. Easy port access is possible due to a sliding cassette with drop-down handle. Housings can be ordered empty or pre-loaded with cassettes for on-frame splicing and are available as 1RU (holding 3 cassettes), 2RU (6 cassettes) and 4RU (12 cassettes).

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PASMAX System

Some areas of your network require the highest protection standards either as your customers (e.g. banking institutes) demand special link integrity or as the impact of failure influences large portions of your data traffic as it is typically the case in Core Fibre Nodes.

To address these special needs Corning’s PASMAX has been designed with single fibre management as the primary design feature in a configurable housing that offers a patch and splice housing with a variety of options to meet your installation needs.

PASMAX is capitalizing on the flexibility and reliability of Corning’s MAX tray splicing system, the splice trays allow for individual fibre access and maintenance without interrupting service of adjacent fibres.

The PASMAX housing is designed for installation onto frames of racks with free rear access or onto rotating frames in case of racks with limited rear access. To minimize risk of operations it combines patch- and splice section; each separately accessible; protecting fibres in specially designed protection channeling. Front accessible rotating shelves offers a unique individual “pop up” access connector area. The splice area can be entered by the use of the rear door. A section to strain relief and guide single fibre cables allows for direct “splice-through” connection in case customers request a permanent splice (prohibiting usage of connectors in their links).

Corning Optical Communications offers to pre-terminate fibre pigtails (900µm to 3mm) to minimize your installation time. For additional security PASMAX cabinets are available with lockable doors, side walls and roof to limit access to the system to authorized persons only.

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