EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

May 31, 2006 09:00 ET

EXFO Introduces Enhanced Solution for DSL and Triple-Play Testing

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) -

Handheld test set supports IPTV and HDTV over various forms of DSL

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the introduction of the new CoLT-450P, a handheld, battery-powered test set for installation and maintenance applications on copper-based broadband access networks.

The next-generation CoLT-450P contains a number of major hardware and software upgrades compared to its popular predecessor, the CoLT-450, which is used by network operators to install and troubleshoot digital subscriber line (DSL) circuits that deliver triple-play services (voice, data and video) over high-speed access networks.

The revolutionary CoLT-450P is the first DSL test set to be specifically designed for assessing the high bit-rate throughput of multiple-channel, high-definition television (HDTV). This easy-to-use, modular test solution acts as a golden modem for confirming the rates and other measured parameters provided by asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL), ADSL2, ADSL2+, and reach extended (RE) ADSL. The CoLT-450P also performs functional testing and quality-of-service testing for video and television services over IP (IPTV), Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) and Internet services.

With telecom service providers poised to make large-scale deployments of IPTV services, the CoLT-450P is an indispensable tool for rapid installation and efficient troubleshooting. The CoLT-450P supports an industry-leading and flexible suite for IPTV testing. It features high-performance, video-packet processing speed and throughput. Once equipped with a CoLT-450P, technicians can establish a DSL connection, log onto a service provider's network, "join" and "leave" various streaming video channels, and measure the quality of the video stream.

The CoLT-450P has the power to support the highest DSL rates and performance, while simultaneously handling multiple standard and high-definition video streams. A 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interface enables the CoLT-450P to operate as a complete home/office DSL modem and router, allowing it to work "in-line" on a live IPTV service in conjunction with a set-top box. In addition to industry-leading IPTV and HDTV testing, the CoLT-450P tests the availability and proper functionality of Internet service provider (ISP) services, and offers the ability to monitor various types of VoIP services (SIP and MGCP).

The CoLT-450P will be showcased at OSP Expo, booth 66005, at the McCormick Center in Chicago from June 5 to 7.

"This multi-purpose, future-proof, modular DSL and triple-play test set allows carriers to remove the guesswork from the installation process and will act as a strong evolutionary platform to strengthen our presence and market share in the triple-play, access network testing market," said Robert Fitts, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management, Copper Access Group. "The intuitive menu guides the user through the process of confirming that services promised are delivered. In addition, the CoLT-450P provides technicians with an easy way to observe the quality and stability of video services delivered to the subscriber premises."

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 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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