EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

April 23, 2008 09:01 ET

EXFO Launches IP Triple-Play Module for AXS-200 SharpTESTER Platform

AXS-200/650 simplifies testing with automated test suites optimized for triple-play service commissioning and verification

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the launch of the AXS-200/650 IP Triple-Play application module for the installation and troubleshooting of Ethernet-based triple-play services.

The AXS-200/650 has been specifically designed for assessing the quality of service (QoS) of IP-based voice (VoIP), video (IPTV) and data services. Ideal for use in any FTTx deployment, this triple-play test module is optimized for field technicians and engineers responsible for installing and maintaining networks. This latest solution is part of the AXS-200/600 series product line which further solidifies EXFO's position as a leading supplier of next-generation test and measurement solutions for the residential access market.

As broadband triple-play deployments continue to accelerate, the demand for IP-centric test solutions follows suit. Not only do technicians need to verify IP-layer network connectivity during installation and troubleshooting, they also need to verify the quality of the services being offered. To meet this requirement, the AXS-200/650 provides dual Ethernet interfaces for full WAN - LAN analysis of IP based services. Complete IP layer connectivity testing can be performed via various methodologies such as IP PING, FTP/HTTP downloading and trace-route measurements. EXFO's latest solution provides enhanced high definition (HD) IPTV test capabilities with complete set-top box (STB) emulation. A full suite of QoS metrics is available 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.

The AXS-200/650 is the industry's only triple-play test solution that provides automated test suites with easy-to-interpret Pass/Fail analysis. As a result, it is ideal for less-skilled users as well as advanced technicians that require the ability to perform in-depth analysis. User-definable thresholds allow network service providers (NSPs) to customize the unit based on local service offerings and quickly validate that the service is within acceptable limits.

"The complexity of the access network is increasing as NSPs adapt their network infrastructure to facilitate the delivery of IP video," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "At the same time, customer demand for high-quality, triple-play services is growing rapidly. Our AXS-200/650 will allow NSPs to simplify their triple-play deployments by reducing the time required to install and troubleshoot their next-generation IP services".

The AXS-200/650 will be showcased at Interop 2008, booth 2505, in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 29 - May 1, 2008.

For more information about the AXS-200/650, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is the second-largest provider of portable test and measurement solutions in the global telecommunications industry and is positioning itself as a leader in next-generation network (NGN) testing and monitoring applications. The Telecom Division, which represents about 85% of the company's business, offers a full suite of test solutions and monitoring systems to network service providers, cable TV operators, network equipment manufacturers and component manufacturers in approximately 70 countries. EXFO is the global market leader for portable optical test solutions with an estimated 25.5% market share in calendar 2006, a technology leader in NGN protocol test and monitoring solutions, as well as in access network test solutions, to enable triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. The company's modular AXS-200, FTB-200, FTB-400, IQS-600 (Windows/PC-based) and InterWatch platforms host a wide range of test solutions covering all layers on a network infrastructure and extending across the full technology lifecycle. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division offers value-added light-based solutions in high-precision medical device and opto-electronics assembly sectors, and advanced fluorescence microscopy and electrophysiology solutions for the life sciences sector. For more information about EXFO's Telecom Division, visit www.EXFO.com, and for its Life Sciences and Industrial Division, visit www.EXFO-LSI.com.

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