EXFO Releases HPNA Test Probe for the AXS-200/600 Series

    Award-winning AXS-200/600 series expands triple-play testing into the
    home network

    QUEBEC CITY, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering
Inc. (NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of the ARU-100 HPNA
Test Probe for the AXS-200/600 series. This new probe, based on the
specifications of the Home Phone-Line Networking Alliance (HPNA), is specially
designed for the characterization of HPNA deployments and triple-play services
in FTTx environments.
    The residential home network is the new frontier for service providers
offering triple-play services (voice, video and data). To deliver a positive
triple-play experience to the end user, service providers must ensure high
quality of service (QoS) and effective home network bandwidth management to
maintain reliability for their services.
    HPNA technology is being deployed by service providers as it provides the
reliability and performance needed to deliver bandwidth-intensive triple-play
services. By allowing reuse of the existing wires in the home, HPNA is gaining
popularity for in-home distribution of triple-play services.
    The EXFO ARU-100 HPNA Test Probe offers service providers a
cost-effective solution for installing and troubleshooting HPNA triple-play
networks. Coupled with the AXS-200/600 series, the ARU-100 allows service
providers to not only prequalify and troubleshoot the physical-layer aspects
of the coaxial home network but also enable a full range of triple-play
testing via the HPNA network. As such, the AXS-200/600 series is the first
product available that can address the need to perform triple-play QoS testing
in the HPNA environment.
    Residential HPNA deployments are applicable to fiber and copper access
networks, two environments in which the AXS-200/600 series can be utilized.
Combined with the AXS-200/600 series' extensive range of test capabilities for
ADSL2+, VDSL2, Ethernet, copper and voice-over-IP (VoIP), IP television (IPTV)
and data, the ARU-100 HPNA Test Probe brings powerful functionalities for
validating triple-play HPNA networks. Many time-saving QoS measurements can be
performed such as HPNA device discovery, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), data
rates, attenuation, spectral noise as well as a wide range of VoIP, IPTV and
data analysis. All QoS parameters are compared against user-definable
pass/fail criteria, which greatly simplify the testing process and help
service providers identify and locate problem areas in the home network.
    "Service providers are facing many challenges as they ramp up triple-play
services," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management
and Marketing. "The ARU-100 HPNA Test Probe is the latest addition to our
award-winning AXS-200/600 series, which facilitates accurate and economical
installation and troubleshooting of triple-play services in the FTTx home
    For further information about the AXS-200/600 product series, please
visit www.EXFO.com.

    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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