EXFO Introduces New PON Power Meter

    Unique workflow management capabilities enable more efficient, faster
    FTTH deployments

    QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) introduced today a new-and-improved passive optical
network (PON) power meter that will set new standards for fiber-to-the-home
(FTTH) testing.
    EXFO established the industry benchmark five years ago with a PON power
meter to meet the needs of early adopters of FTTH architectures. The dedicated
handheld unit served as a pass-through device for simultaneous measurement and
display of all PON signals -- voice, data and video. This patented, built-in
technology facilitated service activation and troubleshooting tasks.
    Today, EXFO builds on its leadership position with the release of the
PPM-350C PON Power Meter, dedicated to BPON (Broadband PON), EPON (Ethernet
PON) and GPON (Gigabit PON) configurations. This latest product boasts unique
workflow management capabilities to enable more efficient and faster FTTH
    EXFO's new PON power meter provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use data
storage interface designed with PON testing in mind. As such, test results can
be stored and flagged according to optical line terminal (OLT), optical
network terminal (ONT), or even test location. These results are subsequently
stored in a protected data format to ensure the authenticity of each
    Other innovative features include a Job Editor mode, which allows the
user to pre-configure upcoming jobs in the unit's memory to accelerate on-site
testing. As well, customization of file names can be easily accomplished prior
to field testing --or back at the office -- to increase efficiency.
    All of these new features are hosted inside a very robust and
weatherproof case designed for heightened safety.
    "Not only did we create the first test equipment for fiber-to-the home
applications in the early days of this new technology, but our involvement in
most of the field trials and deployments worldwide has enabled us to deeply
understand the carriers' challenges," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's
Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "The innovative features
and functions that we're introducing with the PPM-350C PON Power Meter reflect
how our understanding can resolve deployment issues that we're seeing in the
field. Once again, EXFO has demonstrated its commitment to help customers
facing day-to-day challenges with test equipment ideally suited to their

    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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