EXFO Expands Leadership in Next-Gen Network Testing with Packet-OTN Test Suite

    Award-winning test modules now offer EoOTN and extended OTN test
    capabilities for packet-based transport networks

    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the addition of an Ethernet-over-OTN
(EoOTN) and an advanced OTN analysis test suite to the FTB-81xx Transport
Blazer and Power Blazer lines of test modules.
    With ROADM deployments continuing to accelerate, and
Packet-Optical-Transport Network (P-OTN) technology quickly gaining momentum,
today's transport networks are rapidly shifting to a ubiquitous model based on
OTN technology that allows for the seamless transport of legacy and
packet-based services. This shift implies new challenges for network operators
as testing can no longer be centered solely on standard SONET/SDH techniques,
but rather must now evolve to OTN and its underlying services, including
    The FTB-8130NG Transport Blazer and the FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer modules
now offer customers the ability to test Ethernet-over-OTN (EoOTN) through the
generation and mapping of 10 GigE LAN traffic directly into OTU1e and OTU2e
payloads, allowing network operators to efficiently test next-generation
carrier Ethernet core transport networks. In addition, the
FTB-8120/8120NG/8120NGE and FTB-8130/8130NG/8130NGE modules, as well as the
FTB-8140 module now also support the ability to analyze and manipulate OTN
overhead bytes and to intrusively test OTN signals in through mode up to
43Gbit/s. With these features now available as software options on the
FTB-81xx line of test modules, network operators finally have the tools needed
to maintain and troubleshoot next-generation OTN networks as efficiently and
accurately as legacy networks.
    The ease of use, portability and flexibility of these modules to support
either single- or multi-application testing capabilities on a single unit,
combined with a unique architecture that ensures cross-platform
interoperability on both the FTB-200 Compact Platform and the FTB-400
Universal Test System, translates into a compelling return on investment by
reducing capital expenses and inventory management costs.
    "EXFO has assumed a leadership position over the last few years in
delivering the most advanced next-generation test solutions aimed at
accelerating IP convergence and triple/quadruple-play initiatives for network
operators," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management
and Marketing. "We're integrating critical test features in our award-winning
Power Blazer and Transport Blazer, providing our customers with simple, yet
comprehensive test tools for their evolving needs. Packet-Optical-Transport
Network (P-OTN) is rapidly gaining traction as network operators continue to
look for ways to improve their service offering, while minimizing the
incremental investment in their network, and EXFO is the supplier of choice in
which they're increasingly relying upon."
    For more information about the FTB-81xx line of test modules, the FTB-200
Compact Platform or the FTB-400 Universal Test System, please visit

    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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