EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

January 07, 2008 09:02 ET

EXFO Releases Advanced 30 MHz Copper Test Module for AXS-200 SharpTESTER Platform

- New module tests full 30 MHz VDSL2 spectrum over copper access networks - Only integrated test solution that tests across all frequencies - VF, ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, VDSL and VDSL2 - and performs DSL and triple-play service verification - Complete triple-play pre-qualification and troubleshooting enables high definition (HD) IPTV and VoIP deployments - Module strengthens AXS-200 platform offering for access network testing

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2008) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the release of the AXS-200/610 30 MHz Copper Test Set for quick and accurate fault location as well as service pre-qualification to support ADSL2+ and VDSL2 triple-play deployments.

This latest test module from EXFO is housed inside the multi-service and multi-medium AXS-200 SharpTESTER modular test platform, a handheld, WinCE-based advanced test set that can easily be configured for copper/DSL/triple-play, Ethernet or optical testing applications in access networks.

The AXS-200 platform, when used in conjunction with the AXS-200/610 copper test module, identifies, locates and repairs copper loop plant problems that affect triple-play service quality. The AXS-200/610 consolidates voiceband and fault location measurements together with the required wideband measurements (up to 30 MHz) that are required to qualify copper loops for bandwidth-intensive triple-play services being deployed over various xDSL technologies. The AXS-200/610 has the most comprehensive range of copper measurements which allow field technicians to test copper loops for any possible application, including traditional circuit-switched voice services, SHDSL, ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, VDSL and VDSL2.

In order to allow network service providers (NSPs) to efficiently troubleshoot and qualify the triple-play access networks, the AXS-200/610 incorporates automated routines with simple Pass/Fail analysis for all test modes. In addition, the unique "Loop Mapper" feature automatically plots a graphical depiction of the copper loop, which visually shows the loop length, eliminating the need to interpret complex TDR traces.

As xDSL-based triple-play deployments continue to surge, there is an increasing need for field technicians to conduct in-service verification of DSL and triple-play deployments in addition to copper qualification and troubleshooting. To address this need, EXFO has also introduced the AXS-200/625 30 MHz Copper and ADSL2+ Triple-Play Test Set, another test module available for the AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform, which consolidates all the capabilities of the AXS-200/610 with the capabilities of the recently launched AXS-200/620 ADSL2+ Triple-Play Test Set. This consolidated test solution is the most complete test set dedicated to the access market, allowing technicians to turn up triple-play services more efficiently than ever. No other test solution on the market can offer a comparable range of copper, xDSL and triple-play service testing inside a compact, all-in-one, single module test solution.

By having a fully integrated test solution, there is no need to swap modules as technicians migrate from installation, provisioning and troubleshooting applications. In addition, the AXS-200/625 has a powerful multi-layer analysis measurement that will graphically analyze network errors and determine whether they are occurring at the physical layer, DSL layer or IP layer. No other portable field test solution on the market today has the ability to automatically correlate network errors that affect triple-play service and pinpoint the source of the problem.

"As NSPs around the world continue their FTTx build-outs to facilitate the deployment of IP voice, voice and data services, they are clearly pushing the limits of their existing copper plant," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "As a result, there's an increasing need to ensure that the copper plant is provisioned to handle such triple-play services. The AXS-200/610 and AXS-200/625, with their 30 MHz testing capabilities, are ideally suited for field technicians to pre-qualify and troubleshoot local loops that will support deployments up to VDSL2."

For more information about the AXS-200/610, AXS-200/625, or other test modules available for the AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is a Tier-1 test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry, especially in the portable test market segment. 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, telecom system vendors 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 and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. Its Windows-based modular AXS-200, 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 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-lifesciences.com.

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