EXFO Takes 100G Multiservice Field Testing to the Next Level

EXFO's New FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Test Suite Enables All 10M-to-100G Rates for Multiservice Field Testing

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) today announced the extension of its FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer offering to cover 10M-to-10G interfaces, and rates including Ethernet, SONET/SDH and OTN. Adding to the modules' existing 40G/100G capabilities, these functionalities are available as software options for existing 88100NGE Power Blazer modules, thus maximizing customers' return on investment (ROI). All of this includes a revolutionary, cutting-edge GUI on a module housed in the EXFO FTB-500 platform, which boasts unmatched connectivity and integrated optical tools.

In today's competitive market, service providers are striving to address bandwidth needs by upgrading their networks to higher speeds and capacities; some are forging the market with their 100G deployments, while others are still in the planning stages. In response, EXFO developed its FTB-88100NGE software architecture to give lead customers the flexibility to enable all or just a subset of the module's supported 10M-to-100G testing capabilities, enabling them to meet their immediate needs, while giving those who are still in the planning phase the peace of mind that the FTB-88100NGE-10M base configuration can be easily upgraded up to 100G via a simple software key. This unique and scalable 10M-to-100G offering—a first in the market—provides customers with maximum ROI and minimum downtime, thus eliminating the need for multiple test units.

Finally, in line with today's Ethernet service requirements, the new FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer release includes EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) on every 10M-to-100G Ethernet rate included on the module, offering complete validation of all SLA parameters in a single test for optimized quality of service (QoS).

"Over the past few years, EXFO has been a leading provider of high-speed multiservice testing solutions, and the extension of our 40G/100G Ethernet and OTN test capabilities continues on that trend" said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO's Transport and Service Assurance Division. "Because our NSP customers are under pressure to speed up their time-to-market to generate increased revenues, we are more determined than ever before to provide customers with innovative solutions offering value-added performance that change the paradigm of field testing."

For more information about the FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer Multiservice Test Modules, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.


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