EXFO Introduces First All-in-One DSn/PDH and Ethernet Handheld Solution for Mobile Backhaul and Commercial Services Testing

    The AXS-200/855 offers fully integrated dual E1/DS1, DS3, ISDN PRI and
    Gigabit Ethernet test suites for unprecedented testing capabilities,
    using a single unit for maximized service rollouts

    QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of the AXS-200/855
DSn/PDH/Ethernet Test Set, a handheld multiservice test solution that
increases technician efficiency by seamlessly transitioning from E1/DS1, DS3
or PRI circuit testing to comprehensive Ethernet/IP performance testing
without swapping modules or test units.
    Service providers worldwide are continuously facing increased demand for
higher-speed data services from both their business and wireless customers.
While these service offerings are often deployed over next-generation
Ethernet/IP networks, many existing services, including mobile backhaul and
commercial voice/data services, are run over DS1/DS3, E1 and fractional E1/T1,
and ISDN-based circuits. As with the transition to 3G and 4G in wireless
networks, these technologies will be converted over time to 100 Mbit/s and 1
Gbit/s Ethernet standards, but they continue to provide substantial value
today in supporting relevant, revenue-generating services. The challenge for
operators today is to ensure these traditional services, along with
next-generation Ethernet/IP services, can be tested seamlessly and efficiently
by the same technician, using a single instrument to maximize service
    Housed in the versatile AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform, the AXS-200/855
provides field technicians with unsurpassed multiservice testing in a
lightweight, rugged, handheld unit optimized for rapid, simple testing. The
AXS-200/855 offers field technicians a single unit to perform comprehensive
dual DSn/PDH and ISDN PRI testing, including real-time insertion of voice
traffic and one-time setup of tests to be run across all ISDN channels
simultaneously, as well as turnkey Ethernet testing, including RFC 2544,
multistream traffic generation and monitoring, BERT and IP connectivity tools.
Switching from one test set to the other is a simple point-and-click process
using the intuitive GUI; the user no longer needs to carry multiple modules,
boot up several units, or install aggravating software upgrades.
    "The ongoing proliferation of multimedia services continues to drive the
deployment of next-generation Ethernet solutions to achieve greater
flexibility and cost-efficiencies," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President
of Product Management and Marketing. "The reality remains that significant
portions of existing networks are based on legacy technologies. EXFO's
AXS-200/855 multiservice tester offers customers a solution that seamlessly
adapts to either operating environment (legacy or next-generation)-without
sacrificing performance, speed or cost-in order to guarantee the performance
and quality of service (QoS) metrics of these services."
    For further information on the AXS-200/855 DSn/PDH/Ethernet Test Set,
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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