EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

September 25, 2007 09:16 ET

EXFO Releases Ethernet/IP Test Module for Handheld Platform

AXS-200/850 module sets a new standard in Ethernet/IP field testing with a radically simple, high-performance solution that streamlines processes

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the release of the AXS-200/850 Ethernet module - a handheld Ethernet and IP test solution that dramatically simplifies processes when turning up commercial and residential Ethernet and IP services.

The AXS-200/850 Ethernet test module boasts simple Pass/Fail displays and one-touch function buttons to address the real-life challenges experienced by field technicians when turning up or maintaining Ethernet and IP services.

This latest test module from EXFO is housed inside the multi-service and multi-medium AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform, a modular handheld unit for the access network market that can easily be configured for copper/DSL/triple-play, Ethernet or optical testing applications using a common Windows-CE graphical user interface.

Intuitive, streamlined navigation on the AXS-200/850 reduces the learning curve for novice and expert technicians alike, ensuring bit-error rate (BERT), RFC 2544, IP connectivity/ping and quality of service (QoS) tests can be completed efficiently and reliably. One-click intelligent loopback testing enables single-technician testing of local and remote access points, and flexible on/off-screen reporting allows technicians to save results to a flash key or display results on-screen for immediate review.

"The flexibility and scalability of Ethernet continue to ensure its proliferation throughout carrier networks," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "Carriers are relying on Ethernet technology to support the rapid deployment of triple-play services and, as such, are demanding test solutions that facilitate the turn-up process. Thanks to its powerful, yet easy-to-use test capabilities, the AXS-200/850 responds to these exacting demands, ensuring field technicians can effectively turn up metro Ethernet networks and associated Carrier Ethernet services."

EXFO representatives will be on-site to demonstrate the simple navigation and advanced functionality of the AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform and AXS-200/850 Ethernet test module at the 2007 FTTH Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida (Sept. 30 - October 4). They will also attend the Light Reading 2007 Ethernet Expo in New York City, NY (Oct. 15-17).

For more information about the AXS-200/850 Ethernet test module, 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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