EXFO Receives Protocol Technology Innovation Award From Frost & Sullivan

    Honoring excellence of AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set and FTB-8120/8130NGE
    Next-Generation SONET/SDH/OTN/Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    test solution

    QUEBEC CITY, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:  EXFO) announced today that it has been named recipient of the
2008 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation award for two of its protocol
solutions - namely, its handheld AXS-200/850 Gigabit Ethernet Test Set and its
FTB8120/8130NGE Ethernet/Next-Generation SONET/SDH/OTN multiservice test
modules that support all rates up to 10 Gbit/s.
    According to Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, this
technology innovation award "recognizes the ability of the company to
successfully develop and introduce new, leading-edge technologies, formulate a
well-designed product family and make significant product performance
contributions to the industry."
    Frost & Sullivan specifically highlighted the AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test
Set and the FTB-8120/8130NGE Power Blazer test modules for their excellence in
technology innovation. The AXS-200/850 Ethernet test module, housed inside the
AXS-200 SharpTESTER platform, is a handheld test solution that features
easy-to-use pass/fail displays and one-touch function buttons that help to
address the real-life challenges of turning up or maintaining Ethernet and IP
services in access networks. This unmatched degree of user-friendliness and
ultra-portability allows field technicians, installers and contractors to
quickly and efficiently execute a comprehensive Ethernet test suite (including
bit-error-rate (BER), RFC 2544, IP connectivity/ping and quality of service
(QoS) tests) to significantly accelerate network deployments and reduce the
learning curve for novice and expert technicians.
    The FTB-8120NGE and FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer Ethernet/Next-Generation
SONET/SDH/OTN multiservice test modules are compatible with both the FTB-200
Compact Platform, aimed at super-technicians, and the advanced FTB-400
Universal Test System, aimed at power-users. They offer customers the highest
level of integration on the market and the deepest feature set to meet the
most demanding multiservice transport network testing needs at rates up to
2.5 Gbit/s and 10 Gbit/s, respectively. They are ideally suited for
multiservice transport platform (MSTP) and reconfigurable optical add/drop
multiplexer (ROADM) network deployments and maintenance activities, as well
for the growing deployments of Ethernet-over-TDM and Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH
    The IQS-8120NGE and IQS-8130NGE Power Blazer modules, developed using the
same award-winning technology as the FTB8120/8130NGE modules, offer R&D,
system verification and manufacturing teams similar performance and feature
sets as the FTB modules, as well as unique automation test scripting
capabilities for validation of metro and core network equipment. Compatible
with the highly scalable IQS-500 and IQS-600 test platforms, the
IQS-8120/8130NGE modules can be combined with a wide range of optical,
transport and datacom test modules to accelerate testing, increase
productivity and reduce costs.
    "These technology innovation awards from Frost & Sullivan are clearly
proving the technology leadership, strong strategic commitment and large
market traction that EXFO's next-generation Ethernet and IP test solutions
have gained with network service providers and network equipment manufacturers
around the world," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product
Management and Marketing. "They are increasingly adopting our Ethernet/IP
offering because it combines both performance and ease of use inside a compact
form factor."
    "We at EXFO are glad to report that these best-in-class test solutions
have already been adopted or standardized by several Tier-I/II/III customers
around the world, contributing to our substantial gain in market share," said
Germain Lamonde, EXFO's Chairman, President and CEO. "Our protocol test
segment is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to its product superiority in
the next-generation segment, producing an average growth rate of more than 60%
per year over the last two years."
    "EXFO has made considerable strides in the Ethernet/IP testing space in a
short period of time," said Juan Rosales, research analyst at Frost &
Sullivan. "On the strength of these two new products, which streamline complex
testing processes with remarkable user-friendliness, it's becoming
increasingly clear that the company will be a significant enabler in the
deployment of Ethernet and IP services."
    To learn more about Frost & Sullivan's awards, visit
www.awards.frost.com, or for details on EXFO's other industry recognitions,
visit the Awards and Recognitions section of our website at

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a Tier-1 test and measurement expert in the global
telecommunications industry, especially in the portable test market segment.
The Telecom Division, which represents about 85% of the company's business,
offers a full suite of test solutions and monitoring systems to network
service providers, cable TV operators, telecom system vendors and component
manufacturers in approximately 70 countries. EXFO is the global market leader
for portable optical test solutions with an estimated 25.5% market share in
2006 and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable
triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. Its Windows-based modular
AXS-200, FTB-200, FTB-400 and IQS-600 test platforms host a wide range of
modular test solutions across optical, physical, data and network layers,
while maximizing technology reuse across several market segments. The Life
Sciences and Industrial Division offers value-added light-based solutions in
high-precision medical device and opto-electronics assembly sectors, and
advanced fluorescence microscopy and electrophysiology solutions for the life
sciences sector. For more information about EXFO's Telecom Division, visit
www.EXFO.com, and for its Life Sciences and Industrial Division, visit

For further information:

For further information: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, EXFO
Electro-Optical Engineering Inc., (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733,
vance.oliver@exfo.com www.EXFO.com

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