EXFO's Distributed PMD Solution Selected by Tier-1 EMEA Network Operator



    
    US$2.0 million deal to enable upgrade to high-bandwidth transmission
    system
    

    QUEBEC CITY, April 7 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today that a Tier-1 network operator from
the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region has selected EXFO's latest
ground-breaking test solution, FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer, to enable a
network upgrade to higher transmission rates.
    In a deal reaching roughly US$2.0 million, EXFO's newly released FTB-5600
Distributed PMD Analyzers will be used to quantify the level of potentially
debilitating polarization mode dispersion (PMD) on specific fiber sections of
the operator's core network. As a result, it will allow the customer to
identify and repair only the impacted sections of its network when upgrading
to 40 Gbit/s today and 100 Gbit/s in the future.
    All this work will be quickly accomplished using the unique FTB-5600
Distributed PMD Analyzer that measures PMD as a function of distance.
Consequently, the network operator will carry out targeted facelifts to its
fiber plant and meet tight deadlines for important upgrades to higher
transmission rates.
    The FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer is a module hosted inside the
recently launched FTB-500 platform, which allows EXFO customers to carry out a
wide range of tests - from optical link characterization to 40G
next-generation SONET/SDH testing.
    In contrast to the patent-pending test method behind the FTB-5600,
traditional PMD analyzers only provide a total end-to-end value for an entire
optical network. As such, network operators have been forced to deploy
dispersion compensators throughout their networks to alleviate high PMD levels
or else overhaul their entire systems.
    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. PMD levels tend to
soar as transmission rates are increased to 40 Gbit/s and beyond.
    "As the market leader in optical testing, it's always gratifying to see a
newly released product being quickly adopted and meeting a pressing need for a
Tier-1 network operator," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of
Product Management and Marketing. "In this particular case, our single-end
distributed PMD analyzer will provide a Tier-1 operator with a much clearer
picture of PMD effects on all fiber sections of its network ? rather than
offer a blind end-to-end value ? and enable the cost-efficient upgrade to
higher transmission rates through targeted facelifts."

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    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.




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

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