EXFO's New Bidirectional RFC 2544 Capability Allows for Unrivalled
Carrier-Ethernet Service Testing

    This new software suite further enhances the user experience as it
    leverages the intuitive features of the AXS-200/850 handheld test set,
    which interoperates with EXFO's complete datacom portfolio.

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of a new software suite that provides bidirectional RFC 2544 enhanced functionalities on the AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set, a handheld performance assessment tool that radically simplifies the installation, activation and maintenance of Ethernet networks and services.

Guaranteeing end-to-end service-level agreements (SLAs) is critical for today's carrier grade Ethernet services. The AXS-200/850's bidirectional RFC 2544 test capabilities provide real-time test results, both upstream and downstream. This new function allows service providers to validate that service rates are properly provisioned, thus ensuring scarce network resources are optimized and SLAs are met.

Thanks to this test, service providers have access to unsurpassed troubleshooting capabilities since they can accurately pinpoint where failures are occurring in the network. Moreover, the bidirectional RFC 2544 test is fully interoperable and compatible with EXFO's complete portfolio of datacom test modules.

"Our bidirectional RFC 2544 addition significantly reduces the cost of carrier-Ethernet services testing across any transmission technology," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Development and Marketing. "Designed for the AXS-200/850, this new software suite allows service providers to save time and money while decreasing the number of technicians deployed in the field. The end result: they will increase their test equipment return on investment (ROI) and reduce their overall service costs."

For more information on the AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set and the complete portfolio of datacom and transport modules, 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: Maryse Brodeur, Media Planner, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3429, maryse.brodeur@EXFO.com; Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733, vance.oliver@EXFO.com

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