updated 9/14/2010 12:46:09 PM ET 2010-09-14T16:46:09

QUEBEC CITY, Canada, Sept. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) announced today the launch of the FTB-1 handheld testing platform. Equipped with a powerful Intel ATOM processor and the Windows Embedded Standard operating system, the FTB-1 delivers field technicians the speed, performance and flexibility needed to adapt to today's multiservice networking environments.

The FTB-1 is a handheld platform optimized for fast, powerful FTTH and Ethernet testing. Leveraging the module architecture and Windows-based operating system that is consistent across all of EXFO's industry-leading FTB platforms, the FTB-1 provides field technicians with comprehensive testing capabilities in a concentrated, compact package that rapidly and accurately performs in any testing environment.

The FTB-1 is purpose-built for rugged field testing environments, offering a widescreen TFT display and seamless hybrid touchscreen/keypad navigation. Platform connectivity is abundant via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet and multiple USB ports, making it accessible in any testing environment. Featuring EXFO's newly introduced EXpert Test Tools portfolio, the FTB-1 can be further enhanced and tailored to support additional testing capabilities without the need for additional modules. EXpert VoIP allows field technicians to generate and respond to simulated or live VoIP calls to validate performance during turn-up and troubleshooting. EXpert IP integrates six commonly used datacom test tools into one software application to ensure technicians are prepared for a variety of testing environments.

"The diversity of technologies in today's networks demands a testing platform that easily, quickly and cost-effectively adapts to a variety of environments and considerations," said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President -- Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. "The FTB-1 handheld platform continues EXFO's proven history of developing innovative solutions that directly improve efficiency and productivity across all testing disciplines."

With a small, ergonomic frame, ultra-powerful processing and highly intuitive interface, the FTB-1 gives FTTH and Ethernet field technicians the ability to execute test routines, process results and generate reports simply and efficiently, while automated update capabilities ensure that their platform is running the latest software version available.

Learn more about the FTB-1 Platform at the upcoming 2010 European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Torino, Italy,  September 20-22, booth 291.

Visit our website for more information about the FTB-1 platform.

About EXFO

EXFO is a leading provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireless and wireline network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which accounts for approximately 90% of the company's revenues, offers core-to-edge solutions that assess the performance and reliability of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, xDSL, and various optical technologies accounting for an estimated 33% of the portable fiber-optic test market. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division provides solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly, fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com .

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