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EXFO Inc. (EXFO), incorporated on September 18, 1985, provides communications service providers (CSPs) and data center, cloud and Web-scale operators with field test, service assurance and analytics solutions to ensure the deployment, maintenance and management of physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. The Company focuses on network infrastructures: fourth generation (4G)/long-term evolution (LTE), wireless backhaul, small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS), 100G network upgrades and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)/fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC)/fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployments. The Company offers a range of wireline and wireless test, service assurance and analytics solutions to the global telecommunications industry. The Company's products include TestFlow, a cloud-based, field test automation solution simplifying and accelerating complex, labor-intensive deployment activities for home-broadband and wireless radio access networks (RAN); LTB-8 platform, a multi-module test and software-sharing automation suite accelerating high-speed optical testing in lab and manufacturing environments; a family of optical time domain reflectometers (OTDRs); iSAM, an intelligent service activation software bringing speed and simplicity to testing Ethernet services; MaxTester-940 Fiber Certifier optical loss test set (OLTS) for data center and enterprise markets, and the G.fast handheld test set for the roll out of ultra-broadband services on copper links.

Products for Communications Service Providers

The Company provides a range of portable test solutions that are used by CSPs to install, turn up and maintain their optical and copper-based telecommunications networks. These products are available as handheld test instruments, portable platforms with related modules, and as rack-mounted chassis with related modules. Its handheld instruments include dedicated testers, such as power meters or they can be multi-function units that carry out various measurements. Its field-test platforms include the FTB-1 Pro Platform, FTB-1 Platform, FTB-2 Pro Platform and FTB-500 Platform. Its FTB-1 Pro Platform is designed for frontline technicians in the field. The FTB-1 Platform is suitable for optical, copper, Ethernet and multiservice testing applications. Its FTB-2 Pro Platform can host two single-slot test modules, such as an OTDR, automated OLTS with a range of fiber inspection probes (FIPs), and Ethernet tester that can characterize transmission rates over 100 gigabits per second (Gbit/s).

The Company's FTB-500 platform is available in approximately two configurations for various tasks with transmission rates over 100 Gbit/s. The four-slot model of the FTB-500 is designed for datacom testing, OTDR analysis, optical loss, Ethernet and multiservice transport (Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET)/ Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)/Optical Transport Network (OTN)) testing. The eight-slot model is a multiple-protocol unit that allows users to combine SONET/SDH functions with Ethernet, Fiber Channel and optical-layer testing capabilities. It can handle dispersion characterization (polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and chromatic dispersion (CD)), as well as dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM)/reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) testing with optical spectrum analysis, and a range of FIPs. All four portable platforms support universal serial bus (USB), mobile, wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), and Bluetooth connectivity capabilities to manage testing and reporting operations in the field. These personal computer (PC)-centric, open-ended platforms, combined with cloud-based software applications, can be transformed into a connected test environment that allows CSPs to automate complex, labor-intensive tasks, such as fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA), distributed antenna system (DAS) and small cell deployments.

The Company provides second generation (2G), third generation (3G) and 4G/LTE network simulators for CSP labs. EXFO's network simulators emulate network traffic and end user behavior in a laboratory environment in order to predict network behavior, uncover faults and optimize networks before wireless networks and services are deployed. The Company also offers protocol analyzers, which analyze mobile network elements to validate functionality according to wireless technology specifications, whether these elements interoperate with each other when combined to form a network, and how well the live network performs. These test tools allow engineers to troubleshoot networks in order to find the source of errors and fix them. Its protocol analyzers support multi-interface testing and various mobile technologies: Global System for Mobile communication (GSM)/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)/Enhanced Data-rates for Global Evolution (EDGE)/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)/LTE.

The Company provides a service assurance solution, the EXFO Worx System, for wireline and wireless CSPs, as well as for the managed services arms of network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) in support of service-level agreements (SLAs) required by their customers. The EXFO Worx System is a hardware and software solution that delivers quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) service monitoring for Internet protocol (IP) networks. It has transformed its service assurance portfolio to address the need for network functions virtualization (NFV)-related solutions. The EXFO Worx solution offers a range of software-based probes, enabling the interworking with new NFV-based network architectures and components. EXFO Worx software applications include voice quality (Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi)) and performance management; IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and carrier Ethernet (mobile backhaul and metro Ethernet) service quality monitoring; IP video (Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and over-the-top (OTT)) quality and performance management, and FLEX: adapted analytics and customized dashboards for integrated operations with operator back-office and network operations center (NOC) systems.

Products for Network Equipment Manufacturers

The Company's NEM solutions, built around its LTB-8 Rackmount Platform, are available as test modules or benchtop instruments. The Company also offers the IQS-600 platform, which can run 100 optical test modules using a single controller unit. The IQS-600 also provides backward compatibility with previous IQ-generation test modules, while delivering all the power and advantages of a next-generation platform. EXFO's selection of test modules includes multiservice test solutions covering OTN, Ethernet and SONET/SDN technologies, high-speed power meters, light sources, wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) laser sources, tunable laser sources, variable attenuators, polarization controllers, optical spectrum analyzers and optical switches. Outside of these modular-based products, the Company offers test solutions for NEMs in the process of developing ultra-high-speed optical networks. The Company also offers tools for police, armed forces and other governmental organizations to help fight organized crime and terrorists.

The Company competes with Anritsu Corporation, Fluke Networks, AFL Noyse, IXIA, Kingfisher International, ShinewayTech, Spirent Communications plc, VeEX Inc., Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Accedian Networks, Empirix, NetScout Systems, Inc., Radcom and Viavi Solutions.

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400 Godin Ave
P: +1418.6830211
F: +1418.6832170

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