EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

January 16, 2007 09:01 ET

EXFO Enhances Optical Transport Network (OTN) Test Solution

Delivers ODUI/ODU2 multiplexing test capabilities on industry's most compact OTN solution

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the evolution of its optical transport network (OTN) test solution through the availability of ODU1 to ODU2 multiplexing test capabilities on its Transport Blazer test modules.

As defined in the ITU-T G.709 (Optical Transport Network) standard, the Optical Channel Data Unit (ODU) multiplex/demultiplex scheme allows four ODU1 signals within one ODU2 signal structure. This scheme provides a cost-efficient means of transporting 2.5 G dense-wavelength division multiplexed (DWDM) services onto 10.7 G DWDM wavelengths.

EXFO's enhanced OTN test solution supports OTU1 (2.7 Gbit/s) and OTU2 (10.7 Gbit/s) test rates, as well as ODU1 to ODU2 multiplex/demultiplex schemes. In addition, it covers forward error correction (FEC) generation/analysis, all OTN layer-alarm generation/monitoring, and trace-message generation/analysis. This combined feature-set is offered as a Transport Blazer test module for the FTB-200 Compact Platform to produce the most portable and lightweight OTN solution in the industry. It can also be hosted in the FTB-400 Universal Test System and IQS-500 Intelligent Test System for field deployment, maintenance, troubleshooting and lab applications.

"EXFO's Transport Blazer test solution continues to evolve as customer deployments and requirements become more well-defined, especially with regard to optimizing DWDM networks," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Protocol-Layer Product Management. "OTN deployments are growing and increasingly becoming more important as reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMs) gain acceptance. As a result, the need for advanced OTN test capabilities is becoming more apparent and EXFO is once again at the forefront of the innovation curve with a comprehensive technology offering in a compact format."

For more information about OTN and EXFO's Transport Blazer modules, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is a recognized test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry through the design and manufacture of advanced and innovative solutions as well as best-in-class customer support. The Telecom Division, which represents the company's main business activity, offers fully integrated and complete test solutions to network service providers, cable TV operators, telecom system vendors and component manufacturers in approximately 70 countries. EXFO is the global market leader for portable optical test solutions and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play deployments over converged, IP networks. EXFO's PC/Windows-based modular FTB-200; FTB-400 and IQS-500 test platforms host a wide range of test solutions across optical, physical, data and network layers, while maximizing technology reuse across several market segments. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division, which leverages several core telecom technologies, offers value-added solutions in the life sciences and high-precision assembly sectors based on advanced spot-curing, fluorescence microscopy and nanopositioning solutions.

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