EXFO Signs Exclusive OEM Agreement with BRIDGE Technologies to Enhance IP Video Service Assurance Solution



    
    Triple-play service assurance partnership that benefits telcos, MSOs and
    satellite network operators
    

    QUEBEC CITY, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today that it has signed an original
equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with BRIDGE Technologies of Oslo,
Norway, a leading provider of video quality monitoring solutions. With this
agreement, EXFO becomes BRIDGE's exclusive triple-play service assurance
partner and will integrate BRIDGE's line of IP video analysis, measurement and
monitoring solutions into its BrixVision IPTV service assurance system. Also,
the companies will jointly develop and promote new technologies for end-to-end
video quality monitoring targeted to telcos, multiple-service operators (MSOs)
and satellite network operators.
    As service providers expand their product offerings to include IP-based
triple-play services, delivering the best possible user experience is
essential, as subscribers expect flawless voice, video and data services.
Ensuring such high-quality services requires 24/7 monitoring, which provides a
complete picture of service quality across the network and helps providers
troubleshoot issues before customers are affected or before truck rolls are
required. A comprehensive service assurance solution helps reduce churn,
increase customer satisfaction and provide a decided competitive advantage.
    The BRIDGE Technologies video monitoring and measurement probes will be
integrated into EXFO's Brix System, a strategic active and passive service
assurance platform for IP service and application quality. As part of the Brix
System, the BRIDGE Technologies products will help EXFO deliver the most
complete solution for end-to-end IP video service assurance for all types of
IP video, including IPTV, streaming video and over-the-top video, offering
telcos and MSOs one system for assuring the quality of all triple-play
services.
    "With this agreement, EXFO adds extra visibility into triple-play network
quality," said Kaynam Hedayat, CTO and Senior Director of Product Management
at EXFO Service Assurance. "The Brix System delivers a single platform and a
unified view for all of a service provider's IP traffic, and it offers
monitoring for both signaling and media, giving them a total view of the
quality of their IP-based services including video, voice, data and mobile
applications."
    "BRIDGE Technologies provides a complete solution for monitoring
end-to-end video quality in next-generation networks," said Simen Frostad,
Chairman of BRIDGE Technologies. "The combined BRIDGE Technologies and EXFO
solution will provide the most comprehensive system for end-to-end monitoring
of the quality of triple-play networks."

    About BRIDGE Technologies

    BRIDGE Technologies Co AS designs, develops and manufactures advanced
analysis, measurement and monitoring solutions for the digital broadcast and
telecommunications industries. The award-winning VideoBRIDGE series provides
an advanced industrial platform for converging TV services employing
stream-based IP packets. Compatible with all major stream-based industrial
standards such as MPEG2, H.264/AVC and ETSI TR 101 290, the VideoBRIDGE series
offers a complete end-to-end system for continuous quality assurance in
networks containing streaming media services. A privately held company with
headquarters in Oslo, Norway, BRIDGE Technologies has worldwide sales and
marketing operations through business partners in Europe, Asia and the USA.
BRIDGE Technologies was founded and is led by a team combining expertise from
the broadcast, telecommunications and media industries. For more information,
please visit www.bridgetech.tv.

    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, EXFO, Manager, Investor
Relations, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733, vance.oliver@EXFO.com; www.EXFO.com;
Simen K. Frostad, BRIDGE Technologies, CEO, +47 22 38 51 00,
simen.frostad@bridgetech.tv; www.bridgetech.tv

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