EXFO Launches Fiber Inspection Probe for All Field Network Architectures



    QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:  EXFO) announced today the launch of its FIP-400 Fiber
Inspection Probe for all types of field network architectures.
    Taking into consideration today's customer needs in harsh outside plant
environments, EXFO has used its expertise and leadership in optical testing to
bring to market the new FIP-400 optical probe product family. Along with its
rugged and ergonomic design, the FIP-400 boasts the best resolution on the
market for a field handheld probe, enabling the detection of faults and
scratches down to 1 micron.
    Optical networks are constantly being pushed to their limits to satisfy
bandwidth demand, thus requiring network service providers (NSP) to perform
under tight network tolerances. With such limited headroom, dirty or faulty
connectors are becoming the No. 1 hindrance in optical networks. The new
FIP-400 helps NSPs to significantly improve their fault-detection rate with
the highest resolution on the market for a field probe, while enabling the
reduction of capital expenditures with a durable field-optimized design.
    The FIP-400 is compatible with the entire EXFO portfolio of products such
as the FTB-200 Compact Platform, FTB-400 Universal Test System, FOT-930
MaxTester and the newly launched AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform. The FIP-400 can
also be used with a new lightweight, handheld viewer, featuring a
high-brightness TFT screen that renders crisp images of fiber endfaces even in
bright sunlight conditions. Customers will be pleased to discover the same
look, feel and high quality that they like about EXFO products in this new
versatile solution.
    This new fiber inspection tool ranks among the most versatile solutions
in the industry with a variety of tips for connector compatibility and even an
adapter to fit with the last generation of EXFO probes currently deployed in
the field.
    "With the introduction of this next-generation fiber inspection
microscope, EXFO is leveraging the unique experience it has gathered from its
technology and market leadership to deliver the features and functionality
that customers are requesting in their day-to-day operations," said Etienne
Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "In today's
environment, whether NSPs are rolling out FTTx networks in adverse outside
plant conditions or deploying a leading-edge 40 Gbit/s backbone network,
ensuring fiber connector cleanliness is paramount. The FIP-400 Fiber
Inspection Microscope, which is compatible with all of our existing test
platforms or available as a stand-alone kit, enables EXFO to offer a unique
set of test solutions for the installation and maintenance of fiber-optic
networks."

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a Tier-1 test and measurement expert in the global
telecommunications industry, especially in the portable test market segment.
The Telecom Division, which represents about 85% 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 with an estimated 25.5% market share and a
leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play
deployments and converged IP networking. Its Windows-based modular AXS-200,
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 offers value-added light-based solutions in high-precision
medical device and opto-electronics assembly sectors, and advanced
fluorescence microscopy and electrophysiology solutions for the life sciences
sector. For more information about EXFO's Telecom Division, visit
www.EXFO.com, and for its Life Sciences and Industrial Division, visit
www.EXFO-lifesciences.com.




For further information:

For further information: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, EXFO
Electro-Optical Engineering Inc., (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733,
vance.oliver@exfo.com; www.EXFO.com

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