EXFO Launches Industry's First Distributed PMD Analyzer



    
    - Breakthrough method for PMD measurement as a function of the distance
    - New test method provides network operators with a deeper understanding
      of PMD when upgrading their optical networks
    

    QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today a major breakthrough for
characterizing polarization mode dispersion (PMD) in high-speed optical
networks with the launch of its new FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer
    This revolutionary, field-ready and single-ended test solution will
enable network operators to obtain a far deeper understanding of their system
performance when looking to upgrade their optical networks to 10, 40 or even
100 Gbit/s.
    PMD is a physical phenomenon inherent to optical fiber and components
that causes a statistical spreading of light pulses as they travel along a
network. This degrades the quality of the transmission signal and, in turn,
limits the transmission rates carried by optical networks.
    The FTB-5600 sheds new light on PMD, allowing the quantification of the
level of PMD as it accumulates along an entire optical network. As a result,
network operators, who in the past obtained a total PMD value for their entire
network with a traditional PMD Analyzer, can now accurately measure PMD
distribution for each fiber section. It is expressed as an absolute PMD
contribution or as a percentage of overall PMD. With extremely accurate
pinpointing of the major PMD contributors, network operators can easily
identify problem areas in their networks and carry out targeted facelifts.
    The FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer also allows on-screen simulation,
enabling the user to visualize the potential impact replacing a high-PMD
section would have on the total PMD. The patent-pending test method behind the
FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer shares common functionalities with that of
an OTDR, mainly through its way of precisely identifying splice locations. The
end-result is that network operators can easily perform local upgrades.
    EXFO, which pioneered PMD testing more than a decade ago, has been
bringing innovation in this field ever since the introduction of 10G
transmission systems. Throughout all of these years, the company has
positioned itself as the undisputed leader in PMD field-testing through
constant product evolution and strong contribution with industry standards
bodies.
    "The massive bandwidth upgrade that is currently underway by network
operators is generating acute PMD issues for fiber that was previously
deployed in the ground," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product
Development and Marketing. "EXFO's ground-breaking, distributed PMD analyzer
will allow operators to manage their fiber plants much more efficiently,
enabling them to make better decisions when upgrading their networks. The
potential benefits for these operators to use existing fiber, instead of
laying down new fiber for network upgrades, amount to savings in time and
cost."
    A Tier-1 European network operator co-operatively wrote an article with
EXFO that demonstrates the conclusive results of this breakthrough PMD test
method. The article will be presented at OFC/NFOEC in March 2009. For
interested parties, demonstrations will be available upon request via our
Website and the product will officially be displayed at the exhibition.

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a leading provider of test and service assurance solutions for
network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global
telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of
innovative solutions extending across the full technology lifecycle - from
design to technology deployment and onto service assurance - and covering all
layers on a network infrastructure to enable triple-play services and
next-generation, converged IP networking. The Life Sciences and Industrial
Division offers solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly,
fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. For more information,
visit www.EXFO.com.




For further information:

For further information: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations,
(418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733, vance.oliver@exfo.com

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