EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

January 23, 2007 09:20 ET

EXFO Launches VDSL2 Test Solution

Industry's first handheld test set to support IPTV and HDTV over standards-based VDSL2

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 23, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the launch of the first handheld test set to support Internet protocol television (IPTV) and high-definition television (HDTV) over a standards-based, very high-speed digital subscriber loop, version 2 (VDSL2) test module. This new product announcement marks the latest in a series of test modules for the CoLT-450P, a handheld, battery-powered test set for installation and maintenance applications on copper-based broadband access networks.

VDSL2 is beginning to be deployed by network service providers (NSPs) as a part of their strategy to offer standard definition (SD), high-definition (HD) IPTV and IP video-on-demand (VOD) services over multiple channels. NSPs use a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) configuration to bring VDSL-based digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs) within 3,000 to 4,000 feet of subscribers. This architecture enables VDSL2-based DSLAMs to deliver up to 100 Mbit/s of downstream data to each subscriber with typical rates of 30 Mbits/s. As such, VDSL2 is regarded as an economical and rapid deployment alternative to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

EXFO's CoLT-450P, equipped with a new VDSL2 test module, allows NSP installation and maintenance personnel to confirm upstream/downstream connection rates, signal levels, VDSL2 error statistics and other important parameters of the VDSL2 link-up. Once a link is established, technicians can use the CoLT-450P to test the various protocol layers and the quality of the applications themselves. EXFO's solution interoperates with VDSL2 equipment that is based on several different chip sets. In addition, it is backwards-compatible with some interim VDSL 1.5 solutions that exist in the field.

The CoLT-450P is used to install and troubleshoot digital subscriber line (DSL) circuits that deliver triple-play services (voice, data and video) over high-speed access networks. The CoLT-450P is the first DSL test set to be purpose-built for assessing the high bit-rate throughput of multiple-channel 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+, reach-extended (RE) ADSL and now VDSL2. As well, the CoLT-450P performs functional testing and quality-of-service testing for voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Internet services.

The CoLT-450P is an indispensable tool for rapid installation and efficient troubleshooting of IPTV services. It supports an industry-leading and flexible suite for IPTV test capabilities. The CoLT-450P 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.

"With NSPs poised to make large-scale deployments of IPTV services, the CoLT-450P is an indispensable tool for rapid installation and efficient troubleshooting," said Robert Fitts, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management, Copper Access Group. "Launching this new VDSL2 test module barely a few weeks after receiving the 2006 Frost & Sullivan xDSL Growth Strategy Leadership Award proves that EXFO means business in the DSL and triple-play test space and is highly committed to deliver the best IPTV test solution on the market."

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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