EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

September 27, 2007 10:11 ET

EXFO Introduces DSL Triple-Play Test Module for Handheld Platform

AXS-200/620 ADSL2+ module tests IPTV, VoIP and data services in ADSL1/2/2+ and Ethernet environments

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the introduction of the AXS-200/620 ADSL2+ Triple-Play Test Set for the installation and troubleshooting of ADSL1/2/2+ and 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet-based triple-play services.

The AXS-200/620 has been specifically designed for assessing the quality-of-service (QoS) of IP-based voice (VoIP) and video (IPTV) services. This solution provides the desired combination of DSL and Ethernet features which allows for testing in any residential triple-play environment.

This latest test module from EXFO is housed inside the multi-service and multi-medium AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform, a modular handheld unit for the access network market that can easily be configured for copper/DSL/triple-play, Ethernet or optical testing applications using a common Windows-CE graphical user interface.

The AXS-200/620 incorporates an ADSL2+ golden modem for upstream and downstream service verification of the DSL link. Similarly, it provides dual Ethernet interfaces for full WAN - LAN analysis of IP services, allowing IP-layer connectivity testing such as IP PING, FTP/HTTP downloading and traceroute measurements. The AXS-200/620 also offers enhanced IPTV test capabilities including media delivery index (MDI), program clock reference jitter, stream-rate metrics, bandwidth utilization and IP metrics on multiple MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 media streams. In addition, critical VoIP metrics can be monitored to ensure quality IP-based voice services.

Finally, EXFO's ADSL2+ triple-play test set provides Auto-Test routines with pass/fail analysis for all test modes to quickly validate that the service falls within acceptable limits. In the event that advanced troubleshooting is required, the AXS-200/620 supports a unique multi-layer histogram window that will visually indicate when errors are occurring and whether these errors are related to the physical layer/DSL layer, ATM layer or IP layer.

"With the introduction of the AXS-200/620, EXFO has set a new benchmark for simplified and versatile testing in the ADSL2+ triple-play arena," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "With consumer-based multimedia applications fueling the growth of triple-play access networks, the AXS-200/620, combined with unique AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform, will allow network service providers to efficiently meet their installation and troubleshooting test requirements."

For more information about the AXS-200/620 ADSL2+ Triple-Play Test Set, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is a recognized test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which represents the majority of the company's business, offers a full suite of test solutions and monitoring systems 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 and converged IP networking. Its PC/Windows-based modular FTB-200, FTB-400 and IQS-500 test platforms host a wide range of modular 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. For more information about EXFO, visit www.EXFO.com.

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