EXFO Joins NTAF as a Founding Member

The goal of this new organization is to establish interoperable solutions that help the networking industry cut time, cost and complexity out of test-automation activities

QUEBEC CITY, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today that it joined Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) as a founding member. NTAF, an industry-led organization, was created to promote interoperability between testing tools and to simplify lab test automation. NTAF's work will result in the development of a customer-centric and device-agnostic framework that meets the automation needs of customers and the network test industry as a whole.

"Our goal is to provide complete transparency in the Forum's activities and ensure a level playing field for all members," said Keith Kidd, president of NTAF. "By encouraging industry-wide participation, NTAF is working toward establishing interoperable testing solutions for service providers, network equipment manufacturers and other enterprise organizations with large network deployments."

NTAF brings together all the key players in the field of network testing. "With the creation of NTAF, we feel that the entire test automation industry will come together and supply service providers, network equipment manufacturers and test equipment vendors with unified technical test specifications," said Vikas Arora, CTO of EXFO. "By having a single organization promoting standardized technical specifications, we are confident that interoperability between test components will be achieved, resulting in reduced testing time and simplified test-automation architectures, which will cut the cost of product test cycles".

For further information on NTAF, please visit www.ntaforum.org.

About EXFO

EXFO is a leading provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireless and wireline network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which accounts for more than 90% of the company's revenues, offers core-to-edge solutions that assess the performance and reliability of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, xDSL, and various optical technologies accounting for an estimated 33% of the portable fiber-optic test market. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division provides solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly, fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1,600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2,000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.

About Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF)

Network Test Automation Forum brings together users, vendors, and other telecommunications and data communications industry experts for the purpose of creating interoperable testing solutions for service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and other enterprise organizations with large network deployments.

NTAF is professionally managed by Association Management Solutions (AMS). AMS provides its clients with a powerful combination of dedicated staff and internal technology development, event services and strategic marketing resources. AMS provides each client with a dedicated executive director and staff empowered to leverage the overall AMS organization to provide a custom, cost-effective solution to meet the client's goals. Leading technology groups select and stay with AMS because of our ability to consistently exceed expectations for customer service when working with forums, special interest groups, standards bodies and technology associations. Some of AMS' clients include: Broadband Forum, IETF, Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), MultiService Forum (MSF) and the Gaming Standards Association (GSA).


For further information: For further information: Maryse Brodeur, Media Planner, EXFO, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3429, maryse.brodeur@EXFO.com; Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, EXFO, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733, vance.oliver@EXFO.com; Julianne Fitzpatrick, Association Management Solutions (AMS), (510) 492-4029, jfitzpatrick@ntaforum.org

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