EXFO Launches Revolutionary Test Module for 100G Field Deployment

Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:00am EST

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The new FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Multiservice Test Module addresses all
 rates from 10M to 100G, providing carriers with a unique solution to
 support current 100G mass deployments   


QUEBEC CITY,  Feb. 14, 2013  /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX:
 EXF) announced today the introduction of the  FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer 
Multiservice Test Module to address 40G/100G field deployments
 happening now. The unique FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer is the industry's
 smallest field-testing solution supporting 10M-to-100G rates in a
 single module. It covers a wide range of technologies including
 SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet. Further, the FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer
 addresses all 40G/100G field upgrades and lower-rate client service
 turn-ups.



Today, carriers are facing multiple challenges. They need to support
 both legacy and packet-based services up to 100G on the same network
 and ensure service-level agreements for each of these services.
 Carriers are pressured to reduce the cost per transported bit, and
 minimize equipment costs, truck rolls and technician dispatches. What's
 more, 40G/100G technology is complex: new pluggable optics (CFPs) are
 still in their nascent stage, in short supply and are expensive. In
 addition to all these challenges, carriers are still looking to reduce
 time-to-service without compromising quality.



The FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer is uniquely optimized for field testing
 with its proven, easy-to-use GUI. It delivers first-class flexibility:
 remote management, battery operation and integrated optical tools.
 Carriers can combine the FTB-88100NGE with EXFO's optical modules, such
 as an  optical spectrum analyzer, making it the perfect kit for field
commissioning and turn-up.
 Furthermore, the FTB-88100NGE is compatible with  EXFO Connect, so users can
benefit from EXFO's cloud-based services, including
 centralized management of test units and data.



EXFO's FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer is future-proof. Carriers can have the
 peace of mind that comes with knowing that the module can easily adapt
 to future requirements up to 100G.  Yet immediately, they can leverage
 its FLEX configuration to enable any testing capabilities to match
 their current needs at an economical price. Additional rates and
 interfaces can easily be enabled with a simple software key in the
 field, providing maximum flexibility with minimum downtime and
 eliminating the need for multiple test units.



The  FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer  is available now.



"Over the past few years, EXFO has been a leading provider of 40G/100G
 testing solutions. Now, as the market is moving toward 40G/100G mass
 deployments, we are excited and proud to launch the first truly
 portable field multiservice 100G test instrument, at a time when
 carriers are coping with emerging requirements," said √Čtienne Gagnon,
 Vice-President of EXFO's Test and Measurement Division. "We realize the
 pressure and challenges our customers are facing to deploy this very
 complex technology in the field, and we are committed to offering them
 broad, simple, scalable and cost-effective 10M-to-100G test solutions."



Please visit EXFO at OFC/NFOEC from  March 19-21, 2013  in booth 2212 at
 the Anaheim Convention Center for a demo of the new FTB-88100NGE Power
 Blazer. For more information on the FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer and
 IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer 10M-to-100G 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 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000
 customers worldwide. For more information, visit  www.EXFO.com.


SOURCE  EXFO INC.

Marie-Anne Grondin

Public Relations and Media Specialist

(418) 683-0913, Ext. 23417

marie-anne.grondin@EXFO.com

Vance Oliver

Manager, Investor Relations

(418) 683-0913, Ext. 23733

vance.oliver@EXFO.com

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