EXFO's Ethernet/IP Handheld Tester Raises Bar in Carrier Ethernet Services Testing

    Innovative, all-in-one Ethernet services test suite with unique graphical
    data display brings powerful yet intuitive testing capabilities to front-
    line technicians

    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the release of a new software suite
that brings powerful capabilities to the AXS-200/850 - a handheld Ethernet and
IP tester that dramatically simplifies the testing processes used by field
technicians when turning-up metro Ethernet and IP services. Available as a
software option for existing or new AXS-200/850 testers, the new features
allow field technicians to perform one-step, multi-stream traffic generation
and monitoring to emulate tiered-service offerings and establish base-line
quality-of-service (QoS) metrics that are critical to any service level
agreement (SLA).
    The continuing popularity of bandwidth-intensive residential triple-play,
mobile data, and IP-based business services is driving the proliferation of
carrier Ethernet in access and metro networks. As these services have evolved,
the need for more stringent SLA metrics and tiered-service offerings have
risen, in turn requiring stronger testing capabilities by front-line field
technicians. Novice and expert technicians alike must not only turn up and
test these new Ethernet connections, but they are also being called upon to
monitor and measure QoS performance to quickly and efficiently establish
baseline metrics for SLAs.
    EXFO's AXS-200/850 handheld tester puts powerful, yet intuitive
multi-stream traffic generation and monitoring tools into the hands of field
technicians. A quick glance at the AXS-200/850's exclusive graphical
multi-stream traffic generation gauges allows any technician to immediately
and accurately interpret real-time pass/fail thresholds. The innovative GUI
uses speedometer-like images to display real-time test results that eliminate
errors in data interpretation with clear, easily recognizable color-coded
graphics. Full-line rate throughput, packet jitter, real-time latency, frame
loss, out-of-sequence statistics and on-the-fly adjustment of throughput and
frame size give all technicians the power to quickly and easily determine if
the Ethernet and IP services are meeting expected SLAs.
    "Even as networks and component configurations continue to grow in
complexity, the current economic climate is forcing service providers to drive
more productivity out of their resources," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's
Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "The latest AXS-200/850
software suite supports our customers' business initiatives with focused
functionality that expands their field-testing capabilities, while enabling
them to meet stringent SLAs. It is another example of EXFO's commitment to
deliver innovative, relevant testing solutions that address real-world
    For further information on the AXS-200/850 Ethernet Testing Module,
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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