EXFO's Exclusive Single-Ended CD/PMD Analysis Method Achieves Standardization

    Single-ended CD/PMD analyzer characterizes networks three times faster
    than any other dispersion tool, supporting faster next-generation network

QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the standardization of the SOP sampling analysis (SSA) test method on which is based its FTB-5700, a single-ended dispersion analyzer specifically designed to address characterization, upgrade and OPEX challenges in metro mesh networks.

Deploying fast services on mesh networks requires the characterization of every single link span to map out the network's dispersion issues and optimize bandwidth usage. The SSA standard (TIA FOTP-243) allows tests to be performed by a single technician instead of two, effectively reducing the manpower required and therefore simplifying the process.

In addition, each mesh network node is connected to multiple links spreading in multiple directions. Therefore, using a traditional end-to-end measurement tool not only demands an extra technician, but it also involves the second technician commuting from one site to the other, wasting valuable test time for both technicians. The SSA approach avoids such resource dead time, as a single technician can perform the same tests that two technicians used to do-in a fraction of the time formerly required. The result is reduced OPEX, reduced time-to-revenue and higher resource efficiency, by approximately a factor of three.

"Over the years, EXFO has pioneered and standardized several PMD test methods, from PSA to GINTY to the brand-new distributed PMD analysis approach. This latest technology breakthrough once again testifies to the strong emphasis we have always placed on innovation," said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "In order to help service providers meet their metro network upgrade challenges, we have designed a single-ended CD and PMD test solution that truly reduces OPEX, both in the short and long term. What's more, this method does not compromise on measurement accuracy, as evidenced by the TIA's acknowledgment and issuance of a fiber-optic test procedure (FOTP) number."

About EXFO

EXFO is a leading provider of test and service assurance solutions for network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which accounts for almost 90% of the company's revenues, offers a wide range of innovative solutions to assess optical networks, from the core to access, as well as next-generation IP infrastructures and related triple-play services. 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: Maryse Brodeur, Media Planner, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3429, maryse.brodeur@EXFO.com; Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, (418) 683-0913, Ext. 3733, vance.oliver@EXFO.com

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