EXFO's Triple-Play Tester Selected by Three North American Network Operators

Combined deals expected to reach several millions of dollars

QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today that its AXS-200/635 Triple-Play Test Set has been approved by three different tier-1 North American network operators as the tool of choice to support their deployment of next-generation VDSL2 services and applications. The combined deals are expected to reach several millions of dollars over the next two or three years or over a mid-term horizon.

These operators recognized the need for a next-generation, handheld test set capable of operating at wideband frequencies used by ADSL2+/VDSL2 - across physical, network and application layers - to enable the efficient resolution of installation and turn-up problems during triple-play services deployment. The AXS-200/635 is the ideal choice for network operators, since a single unit includes 30 MHz, single-ended wideband copper testing to fully validate broadband deployments as well as voice, data and proven IPTV analysis/testing capabilities over established DSL, Ethernet and HPNA links.

Accurate localization and troubleshooting of typical problems found in the copper access network (including the finding and removal of commonly seen bridged taps) are simplified and accelerated thanks to EXFO's LoopMapper(TM) feature, which is critical for rapidly turning up reliable broadband services.

The AXS-200/635 is a complete multi-layer test solution used in the deployment, troubleshooting and repair of POTS, ADSL2+, VDSL2, and triple-play services such as IPTV. Its ease-of-use, flexible architecture and comprehensive feature set benefit customers by reducing truck rolls, and helps them save on capital expenditure for years to come. The AXS-200/635 is also the only test set on the market to include the market-leading Broadcom DSL chipset for ADSL2+ and VDSL2 testing.

"Several customers are telling us that the AXS-200/635 is the ideal tool to efficiently roll out their triple-play and VDSL2 services, given that test capabilities across all network layers are available within a single instrument," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "Its ease-of-use, including user-definable pass/fail thresholds for quick assessments, and clear troubleshooting features are just what their field technicians need to help them deploy these new and complex technologies. The Windows operating system on this platform also renders collection, storage, and mining of all test results far more efficient."

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

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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