EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

June 01, 2006 09:00 ET

EXFO Releases Revolutionary Re-branded VoIP/DSL Test Set

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Ergonomic handheld tests VoIP, Ethernet and various forms of DSL

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the release of its enhanced CoVALT, a handheld, battery-powered test set for installation and maintenance applications on copper-based, triple-play, broadband access networks.

The CoVALT, which has been integrated into EXFO's comprehensive product portfolio for telecom testing, is used to install and troubleshoot digital subscriber line (DSL) circuits that carry data and VoIP services (voice and data) over high-speed access networks. This rugged and highly ergonomic test solution acts as a golden modem for confirming the rates and other measured parameters provided by ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, and reach extended (RE) ADSL. It also performs functional testing and quality-of-service testing for voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Internet services.

With large-scale deployments of VoIP and DSL becoming a reality among telecom service providers, the CoVALT is a vital tool for rapid installation and efficient troubleshooting of these services. The form factor and functionality of the CoVALT will be very familiar to installers and troubleshooters because it is modeled after the rugged telephone test sets carried by nearly every telecom installer on the planet. The CoVALT, however, adds the needed requirements demanded by the paradigm shift away from plain old telephone service (POTS) towards IP-based telephony.

A 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interface enables the CoVALT to operate as a complete home/office DSL modem and router, allowing it to work "in-line" on a live DSL service, replacing the customer's DSL modem. The 10/100 BaseT interface can also be used to directly test Ethernet interfaces for connectivity, performance and VoIP. In addition, the CoVALT tests upstream and downstream data rates and other important parameters of a DSL circuit; performs ATM-layer testing; carries out PING, Traceroute, and File-download testing; places and receives VoIP and POTS telephone calls; and makes an assessment of the IP-layer stability and other factors affecting speech quality such as packet jitter and delay.

"The CoVALT is the first test set on the market that combines the familiar ergonomics, ruggedness and weather-proofing of a telephone lineman's butt set with the tests needed to turn up DSL and VoIP subscribers," said Robert Fitts, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management, Copper Access Group. "The CoVALT's familiar look and feel combined with a simplified and intuitive keypad will make it a popular choice among technicians."

Following EXFO's acquisition of Consultronics Limited in January 2006, the CoVALT has been enhanced and re-branded to expand EXFO's leadership in the copper access and DSL testing areas. It will be showcased at OSP Expo, booth 66005, at the McCormick Center in Chicago from June 5 to 7.

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.

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