EXFO's Triple-Play AXS-200/635 Tester Selected by Tier-1 European Network

    - Deal could reach US$10 million over several years with an initial order
      of US$2 million
    - Automated test routines, workflow integration and multi-layer test
      capabilities allow the most efficient deployment of triple-play
      services over VDSL2

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today that its AXS-200/635 Triple-Play Test Set has been selected by a tier-1 European network operator to support the deployment of its next-generation FTTC/VDSL2 services and applications. EXFO received an initial order of US$2 million, but the deal could reach US$10 million over several years.

This network operator recognized the need for a next-generation, automated and easy-to-use handheld test set for its field technicians and advanced field engineers capable of operating and troubleshooting on bare wire loops, ADSL and especially newer VDSL2 circuits up to the wideband frequencies used for triple-play and IP-video service deployments.

The AXS-200/635 is the ideal choice for saving time and eliminating truck rolls through its intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), fast and fully automated test routines, reliable laptop and workflow integration via Bluetooth, integrated ADSL/VDSL2 wideband testing from application layers all the way down to copper pairs, and support for optical testing to fully validate broadband deployments as well as proven IP analysis over DSL and Ethernet links.

The AXS-200/635 is a complete, multi-layer test solution, part of the AXS-200 product line used in the deployment, troubleshooting and repair of voice, ADSL2+, VDSL2, Ethernet, TDM, optical, and triple-play services such as IPTV and VoIP. The AXS-200/635 has been designed to be easily integrated into existing outside plant workflow practices with full support for northbound results transfer and southbound work order downloads directly from the test set. This level of workflow integration, along with the comprehensive feature set of the AXS-200/635, provides time savings and efficiencies that translate into significant capital expenditure reductions.

"This leading and very demanding customer has confirmed that the AXS-200/635 is the ideal tool to efficiently roll out next-generation circuits, and the wide field acceptance and time saved will provide them with an excellent return on their investment," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "The AXS-200/635's ease-of-use, including customized auto-testing with plain-language results, and full integration capabilities with our customer's management systems provide a unique value proposition that supports efficiency when deploying new access technologies."

For further information on the AXS-200/635 Triple-Play Test Set, please visit www.EXFO.com.

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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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