EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

September 12, 2007 09:01 ET

EXFO Combines Ethernet and SONET/SDH Testing in Power Blazer Suite

Delivering the industry's most compact and feature-rich multi-service transport test solution

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the introduction of the FTB-8120NGE and FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer test modules, offering a full suite of SONET/SDH, next-generation SONET/SDH and Ethernet testing capabilities inside the industry's most compact form factor - less than half the size of the closest comparable solution.

These Power Blazer modules offer customers the highest level of integration in the market to meet all their multi-service transport network testing needs. The FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer, supporting testing rates up to 10 Gb/s for both SONET/SDH and Ethernet (including 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN and WAN), is ideally suited for multi-service transport platform (MSTP) and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) network deployments as well as maintenance activities. The FTB-8120NGE Power Blazer, handling SONET/SDH testing rates up to 2.5 Gb/s and Ethernet testing rates up to GigE, is purpose-built for the growing deployments of Ethernet-over TDM and Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH services worldwide.

The scalability and flexibility of the Power Blazer modules translate into a better return on investment for customers. They can reduce their capital expenses and inventory management costs, since the Power Blazer addresses multi-service testing needs with a single module. In addition, these modules offer users the flexibility to tailor their test solution to specific requirements because the Power Blazer is supported by EXFO's FTB-200 Compact Platform and FTB-400 Universal Test System.

Combined with the small, lightweight form factor of the FTB-200 platform, the Power Blazer delivers the industry's most compact multi-service test solution on the market today; it is ideal for field technicians responsible for installing multi-service network element client interfaces and services. When housed inside the multi-slot FTB-400 Universal Test System, the Power Blazer can be combined with other of EXFO's industry-leading fiber characterization modules. This solution is designed for initial field characterization and network element commissioning activities.

"The advent of MSTPs and ROADMs is changing the way our customers are looking at testing;" said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "Field engineers are now required to test Ethernet and SONET/SDH interfaces as well as related services running through these network elements. With the new FTB-8120NGE and FTB-8130NGE Power Blazers, EXFO has adapted to this market requirement by delivering the most compact and versatile multi-service Ethernet and SONET/SDH field test solution on the market."

For more information about the FTB-8120NGE/FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer modules or the FTB-200 Compact Platform, please visit www.EXFO.com.

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 modular 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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