EXFO Releases NQMSfiber 5.0 - Web-based fiber plant monitoring solution for centralized, real-time network surveillance and improved operation and maintenance



    QUEBEC CITY, July 7 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of NQMSfiber 5.0, a
Web-based fiber monitoring solution with sophisticated functions for
centralized fiber-optic network assurance enabling improved operation and
maintenance.
    This latest element management system (EMS) software release, which is
also part of EXFO's commitment to its Service Assurance business and product
offering, offers the most complete range of features for all network
applications in which optical fibers and cables are mission-critical. In
particular, businesses connected to a fiber backbone through an access network
have exacting demands for network availability and services. Without 24/7
proactive monitoring of fiber infrastructures, network service providers
(NSPs) cannot preempt cable failures or respond to network degradation in due
time.
    NQMSfiber 5.0 is the only EMS software on the market in which all access
and reporting functions are Web-based. Real-time alarm management and status
monitoring functions are supported using applets that are fully integrated
into Web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox. Standard licensing
provides access to as many as 20 users, whether they are connecting from
inside or outside the corporate network.
    Leveraging EXFO's nearly 20 years of best in-class expertise and market
leadership in optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR), NQMSfiber combines
leading-edge technology with innovative software. For example, the
newly-improved Learning feature automatically sets fault-detection thresholds
across a full dynamic range, thus rendering the optimization of the system
very easy to achieve. Other advanced features include alarm management,
scheduled reporting, trouble-ticket handling, and status view of a specific
region or entire network on a two-dimensional map.
    "This latest version of NQMSfiber delivers the intelligence that
customers have been demanding from their fiber monitoring solutions and sets a
new standard for remote fiber test systems," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's
Vice-President Product Management and Marketing. "The combined benefits of
EXFO's best-of-class OTDRs and automated functionalities within the most
advanced fiber monitoring solution allow NSPs to avoid network disruptions or
accelerate restoration time without the need for complex and time-consuming
configurations."

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a leading provider of test and monitoring 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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