EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

September 20, 2007 10:01 ET

EXFO Launches Multi-Service, Multi-Medium Handheld Test Platform

AXS-200 SharpTESTER houses copper/DSL/triple-play, Ethernet or optical test modules

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the launch of the AXS-200 SharpTESTER Access Line for characterizing and troubleshooting bandwidth-intensive commercial and residential access networks.

As network service providers (NSPs) respond to growing consumer demand for communication and entertainment applications with triple-play service packages, they are faced with a difficult decision in their access networks: leverage the existing copper plant with DSL technologies, deploy fiber to the premises or combine both solutions.

Regardless of the choice, EXFO has developed a ground-breaking product offering that meets all NSP access testing needs for a wide range of services like VoIP, IPTV, ISP-over-fiber or copper, with a whole suite of test technologies like Ethernet, copper bandwidth, etc.

The AXS-200 SharpTESTER Access Line - built around a modular, multi-service, multi-medium, handheld platform - can easily be configured for copper/DSL/triple-play, Ethernet or optical testing applications using a common Windows-CE graphical user interface. This latest innovation by EXFO significantly reduces training time, allowing both expert and entry-level technicians to quickly begin testing duties, and streamlines testing procedures for rapid and efficient service turn-ups.

A brand new series of xDSL/triple-play (AXS-200/620 ADSL2+) and Ethernet (AXS-200/850 Ethernet) test modules is readily available for the AXS-200 SharpTESTER, while copper and optical test solutions will be introduced in upcoming months. Following is a list of test applications handled by EXFO's latest product line:

DSL/triple-play testing (AXS-200/620 ADSL2+)

- IPTV and VoIP quality of service analysis

- ADSL1/2/2+ service verification testing

- IP layer connectivity testing

Ethernet testing (AXS-200/850 Ethernet)

- Installation and maintenance testing for Ethernet services

- RFC 2544 performance assurance

- Bit-error-rate and IP connectivity testing

Copper Testing (available in upcoming months)

- Complete local-loop testing and spectrum analysis up to 30 MHz

- xDSL pre-qualification

- Automated fault location

Optical testing (available in upcoming months)

- Fiber characterization

- End-to-end loss testing

- Fiber certification

"As triple-play services are deployed on all-fiber and hybrid architectures and bandwidth requirements mount unabated, network service providers are looking for new test solutions to efficiently and easily turn up commercial and residential access networks," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Telecom Product Development and Marketing. "The AXS-200 SharpTESTER Access Line was designed with this new challenge in mind and leverages a wide range of best-in-class test technologies and expertise acquired through the development of its unique FTB-200 and FTB-400 platforms and family of test modules. This latest test platform provides field personnel with the flexibility to test various services on multiple mediums and the scalability to accommodate new technologies through a platform-based approach."

As with all of EXFO's handheld test solutions, particular emphasis has been placed on user-friendliness. One-touch test functions are available for fast, error-free results. Clear Pass/Fail assessments are displayed on a transflective color screen for improved visibility. And advanced data analysis and post-processing features offer a comprehensive view and simplified interpretation of all key results.

For more information about the AXS-200 SharpTESTER Access Line, 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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