EXFO Expands Triple-Play Test Capabilities of AXS-200/600 Product Line

    Innovative loop qualification feature provides single-end copper plant
    assessment prior to broadband service activation in order to ensure a
    quality data and video offering

    QUEBEC CITY, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering
Inc. (NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of a new software
suite that brings powerful capabilities to the AXS-200/600 product line ? a
handheld series of copper, xDSL and triple-play testers that dramatically
simplifies turning up residential triple-play services. Available as an option
on existing or new AXS-200/600 series testers, this new software allows field
technicians to determine what xDSL data rates the copper loop can support
prior to actually connecting or provisioning the circuit. The same test suite
can also determine the level of IP video service that can be provisioned.
    Given the myriad of new bandwidth-intensive applications being deployed
in residential access networks, it's becoming essential for network operators
to ascertain the quality and capacity of their existing copper loops to
support such applications without sacrificing on quality of service (QoS).
Traditional test methodologies require services to be deployed before there is
any visibility into the reliability and quality of the service offering. With
the latest AXS-200/600 software suite, network operators can now reliably
determine the level of service that can be provided prior to actually
deploying the service.
    EXFO's AXS-200/600 series testers offer powerful multi-layer analysis and
fault correlation that allows field technicians to accurately pinpoint not
just what the problem is, but also where in the network it's located. The
AXS-200/600 series provides a unique single-end testing capability which
eliminates the need to have two technicians to qualify a copper pair.
    Building on this innovative approach, this latest software suite allows
one field technician to perform a quick data rate qualification test from one
end of the loop. The same test will also indicate the number of IPTV streams
that can be deployed on the loop. These latest features greatly enhance the
AXS-200/600 series offering and increases the efficiency of field technicians.
    "Due to a highly competitive environment in today's broadband market,
network operators are under intense pressure to accelerate testing and provide
cost-effective, highly reliable services to their end-customers," said Etienne
Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "They're
faced with the challenge of differentiating their service offering and
reducing operating costs, making it essential to ensure quality of service
from the very start. The latest AXS-200/600 software suite enables network
operators to increase efficiency, reduce testing time and eliminate customer
churn from the very beginning of the deployment process."
    For further information about the AXS-200/600 product series, 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: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations,
(418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733, vance.oliver@exfo.com

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