EXFO Launches the Industry's First Portable 100 Gbit/s Ethernet Tester



    Further emphasizes EXFO's leadership in flexible, yet comprehensive 100
    Gbit/s and 40 Gbits/s Ethernet testing solutions for carrier lab and
    field applications.

    QUEBEC, May 29 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the launch of the FTB-85100G Packet
Blazer, the industry's first portable 100 Gbit/s and 40 Gbit/s Ethernet tester
in a single module. Purposely built for applications demanding portability,
ruggedness and ease of use, the FTB-85100G is the only 100G test solution that
empowers multiple teams to efficiently execute lab, trial and deployment
testing using a single bleeding-edge Ethernet tester, thus maximizing testing
investment across the entire product lifecycle.
    The persistent growth and popularity of packet and wireless-based
services continues to drive bandwidth capacity requirements in backbone and
transport network, and carriers worldwide are actively developing strategies
to support these ever-increasing traffic levels. While SONET technologies will
continue to play a role, many carriers are focusing on 40 Gbit/s and 100
Gbit/s Ethernet solutions to achieve aggressive cost and performance metrics.
The challenge lies in establishing sound testing processes while the related
standard itself remains a work in progress.
    Housed in the recently introduced next-generation FTB-500 platform, the
FTB-85100G Packet Blazer is a rugged, portable 100 Gbit/s Ethernet testing
solution offering powerful layer 1/2/3 traffic generation and analysis
features to stress and validate network elements and network services against
demanding corner cases. The FTB-85100G supports multiple transceiver
interfaces (CFP, CXP and QSFP), ensuring maximum flexibility to cover all
possible equipment and network designs for high-speed transport alternatives.
Users can also generate and analyze 100 Gbit/s and 40 Gbit/s line rate
Ethernet and IP packets, as well as perform comprehensive EtherBERT(TM) tests,
all via an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). With its complete range
of test features, the FTB-85100G can execute multilayer testing to rapidly
validate physical-layer characteristics and accurately benchmark Ethernet/IP
performance of equipment and high-speed packet transport networks.
    "Transport capacity constraints must be addressed quickly, but expansion
must still be cost-efficient. To establish performance expectations, sound and
comprehensive testing strategies are critical at every stage of the product
lifecycle - especially with emerging technologies," said Etienne Gagnon,
EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "The FTB-85100G
Packet Blazer continues EXFO's heritage of innovative and modular test
solutions that maximize customer investments, while reducing technology and
operational risks. It allows multiple, diverse teams to execute comprehensive,
cycle-specific 100 Gbit/s testing schemes using a single and portable system,
further accentuating EXFO's leadership in cost-effective solutions that
address real-world testing challenges."
    For further information on the FTB-85100G Packet Blazer, please visit
www.EXFO.com.

    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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