EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
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EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

November 01, 2006 09:01 ET

EXFO Launches Compact 10 Gigabit Ethernet Test Solution

Delivering the Industry's Only Compact Ethernet Performance Tester for 10 Mb/s to 10 Gb/s Service Turn-Up and Performance Validation

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 1, 2006) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the launch of its compact 10 Gigabit Ethernet test solution for performance assurance and quality of service (QoS) testing in local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WAN). The FTB-8510G Packet Blazer 10 Gigabit Ethernet module, currently supported in the FTB-400 Universal Test System, can now be housed in the FTB-200 Compact Platform, thus extending EXFO's extensive 10 Gigabit Ethernet test capabilities to a convenient, lightweight and compact form factor.

The increase in IP-based applications has placed additional bandwidth and performance requirements on supporting Ethernet services. Delay-sensitive applications like voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) demand that service-level agreements (SLAs) are validated and maintained throughout the network.

The FTB-200 Compact Platform, equipped with both the FTB-8510 and FTB-8510G Packet Blazers, provides users with the capability to fully test and validate Ethernet services from 10 Mb/s through 10 Gb/s. Features, such as multi-stream generation and analysis, expert mode and service-disruption measurements, along with RFC 2544 testing, packet jitter measurement, and bit-error-rate testing, provide a complete test solution that enables customers to thoroughly validate the performance of their 10 GigE links. The FTB-8510G Packet Blazer also offers both LAN and WAN PHY interfaces within the same module, covering all networking applications. At the increased rate in which 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks are being deployed, this combination offers field technicians another unique capability in testing performance and efficiency.

"Coping with the increasing number of 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks being deployed, service providers are faced with the challenge of turning up and validating networks at a much faster rate," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Protocol and Optical Product Management. "Adding the FTB-8510G Packet Blazer to the FTB-200 Compact Platform provides a feature-rich Ethernet test solution required to effectively and efficiently validate Ethernet services covering rates from 10 Mb/s to 10 Gb/s, and all this at approximately half the size and weight of the nearest competitor."

For more information about the FTB-8510 and FTB-8510G Packet Blazer test modules, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is a recognized test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry through the design and manufacture of advanced and innovative solutions as well as best-in-class customer support. The Telecom Division, which represents the company's main business activity, offers fully integrated and complete test solutions 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 over converged, IP networks. EXFO's PC/Windows-based modular FTB-200; FTB-400 and IQS-500 test platforms host a wide range of 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.

Contact Information

  • EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
    Vance Oliver
    Manager, Investor Relations
    418-683-0913, Ext. 3733
    vance.oliver@exfo.com