EXFO Launches Industry's First Full-Featured 1G to 10G IP Services Test Head Solution for Carrier Ethernet and Mobile Backhaul Testing Applications

    High-performance Ethernet/IP test tool tailored for central office
    applications delivers simplified single-point service validation and
    seamlessly integrates into existing test environments

    QUEBEC CITY, May 7 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the launch of the RTU-310 (1 Gbit/s)
and RTU-310G (10 Gbit/s) IP Service Test Heads to address the growing demand
for centralized IP/Ethernet testing solutions in mobile switch centers (MSC).
The RTU-310x series seamlessly interoperates with EXFO's entire portfolio of
portable Ethernet field testers and the BrixNGN network monitoring solution
for cost-efficient and comprehensive end-to-end testing, turn-up and
troubleshooting of Ethernet services.
    Ethernet is rapidly becoming the predominant method for deploying new
commercial services and for the expansion of backhaul capacity. Carriers are
increasingly demanding central office-based testing solutions that combine
with field portable test equipment to provide end-to-end granular visibility
of Ethernet performance in order to guarantee and reinforce service-level
agreements and improve problem resolution.
    The RTU-310x test heads leverage the extensive, field-proven performance
assurance testing capabilities of the portable FTB-8510B and FTB-8510G Packet
Blazer Ethernet field testers. The RTU-310x series is a carrier-class,
rackmount solution that facilitates the integration of end-to-end,
bidirectional Ethernet testing, including RFC 2544, and advanced wire-speed
traffic analysis into the demanding central office environment, enabling
carriers to increase technician autonomy and productivity with solo control of
remote and local test devices for streamlined, efficient end-to-end testing.
    Extending network visibility even further, the RTU-310x series can
optionally be integrated into the BrixNGN Carrier Ethernet network monitoring
solutions, allowing service providers to continuously collect, correlate,
analyze and visualize strategic QoS and QoE data from the network core to the
customer endpoint at full line rate testing speeds. This critical data enables
accurate capacity planning and service turn-up verification, as well as the
rapid identification, diagnosis and resolution of network and service issues
before customers are affected-thereby guaranteeing performance and quality.
    "The launch of the RTU-310x test head series demonstrates EXFO's
continued innovation in Ethernet test solutions, reinforcing our commitment to
offering our customers expanded test capabilities aligned with shifts in
deployment trends", said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product
Management and Marketing. "The seamless integration of the RTU series with our
extensive Ethernet field testing portfolio and our BrixNGN network monitoring
suite protects our customers' investments in testing equipment while providing
an easy upgrade path to advanced testing scenarios in-line with their
expansion strategies."

    For further information on the RTU-310 or RTU-310G, please visit

    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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