EXFO Receives xDSL Test Equipment Product Line Strategy Award



    Frost & Sullivan recognizes excellence of AXS-200/600 modular handheld
    series for access test market

    QUEBEC CITY, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering
Inc. (NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today that it has been named recipient
of Frost & Sullivan's Global Handheld xDSL Test Equipment Product Line
Strategy Award for 2009.
    Over the past year, EXFO has released several test modules within its
ground-breaking AXS-200/600 series that qualify copper-loop plants and
triple-play services deployed over various xDSL technologies as well as FTTH,
Ethernet services and a myriad of additional applications.
    According to Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, this
Product Line Strategy Award is presented to the test company that has
"optimized its product line by leveraging products with the various price,
performance and feature points required by the market."
    On the strength of a unique modular platform strategy, EXFO reduced its
time-to-market with the launch of a rich product portfolio that meets the
needs of network operators, who opted to deliver broadband services over their
existing copper plants.

    
    Key product launches included:

    - The AXS-200/610 30 MHz Copper Test Set helps field technicians locate
      and repair copper-loop plant problems that affect triple-play service
      quality;

    - The AXS-200/620 ADSL2+ Triple-Play Test Set is the optimal tool for
      ADSL2+ service verification and triple-play testing;

    - The AXS-200/625 30 MHz and ADSL2+ Triple-Play Test Set combines triple-
      play, ADSL2+ and copper testing in a single handheld unit designed for
      fast turn-up, maintenance and troubleshooting in residential access
      networks;

    - The AXS-200/630 VDSL2 Triple-Play Test Set is designed for the
      installation and troubleshooting of VDSL2 network deployments and
      10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet-based triple-play services; and

    - The AXS-200/635 Copper, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and IP Triple-Play Test Set
      combines 30 MHz wideband copper testing, VDSL2 service verification
      (with backward compatibility to ADSL1/2/2+) and triple-play testing
      inside a single module.
    

    "EXFO has introduced several access test solutions within a short period
of time to meet the evolving needs of network operators as they grapple with
deploying bandwidth-intensive services over the last mile," said Sivakumar
Narayanaswamy, Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "I'm particularly
impressed with the capabilities of the AXS-200/635 tester. This game-changing
solution allows field technicians to qualify and troubleshoot the copper-loop
plant and triple-play services, from top to bottom, with one consolidated test
set."
    "In this challenging market environment, it's imperative that test
solutions not only help network operators reduce their capital expenditures
but also trim operating expenditures by streamlining and accelerating the
deployment of advanced triple-play services along broadband networks," said
Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing.
"Our AXS-200/600 series delivers on all counts with its inherent flexibility
to host various test modules and ease-of-use to enable rapid testing. We're
pleased to see that Frost & Sullivan has recognized the excellence of this
product line."
    EXFO has also leveraged the flexibility of its AXS-200 SharpTESTER
platform to introduce complementary Ethernet and optical test modules like the
following:

    
    AXS-200/350 Optical Loss Test Set
    AXS-200/360 Fiber Certification Test Set
    AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set
    

    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 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.
    To learn more about Frost & Sullivan's awards, visit
www.awards.frost.com, or for details about EXFO's other industry recognitions,
visit the Awards and Recognitions section at
http://www.exfo.com/en/about/awards.aspx

    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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