EXFO Launches a High-Resolution OSA for In-Depth Characterization of
Challenging Networks

    This OSA allows carriers and NEMs to have a much deeper view into their
    network element performance, enabling faster and better characterization.

QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of the FTB-5240BP Field Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) specifically designed to facilitate challenging network commissioning, upgrade and troubleshooting for carriers and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs).

EXFO's latest optical spectrum analyzer boasts the highest resolution in the industry and allows field crews to analyze the spectral content of any modulation format, measure the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) between ultra-dense signals, track non-linear effects and monitor component imperfections. The versatility of the FTB-5240BP makes them well-equipped to commission the most challenging networks--even ultra-dense wavelength-division multiplexing (UDWDM) networks with extremely limited spacing of 25 GHz and 12.5 GHz--for in-depth characterization and troubleshooting.

Housed in the FTB-500 Platform, the FTB-5240BP specializes in in-band OSNR measurements for systems where noise fluctuates from channel to channel--a must for ROADM and 40G testing in today's next-generation networks.

"With the number of high-speed network deployments on the rise, carriers and NEMs are looking for high performance test equipment to increase their testing efficiency," said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "EXFO has designed an instrument that meets their needs. Boasting the best optical resolution in the industry, this new OSA can see things that are usually missed by a standard OSA, plus it can execute a single scan in less than one second and a true in-band OSNR measurement in less than one minute, for optimal efficiency."

For further information on the FTB-5240BP Optical Spectrum Analyzer, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is a leading provider of test and service assurance solutions for network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which accounts for almost 90% of the company's revenues, offers a wide range of innovative solutions to assess optical networks, from the core to access, as well as next-generation IP infrastructures and related triple-play services. 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: Maryse Brodeur, Media Planner, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3429, maryse.brodeur@EXFO.com; Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, (418) 683-0913, ext. 3733, vance.oliver@EXFO.com

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