updated 1/18/2011 11:17:18 AM ET 2011-01-18T16:17:18

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) announced today the launch of the SyncWatch-110 Synchronization Testing Unit, a highly versatile test and monitoring solution for next-generation synchronization technologies, including performance assessment of synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and Precision Time protocol (IEEE 1588v2).

As mobile backhaul networks evolve to support packet-based transmission, maintaining accurate synchronization becomes critical to network performance. If left unchecked, synchronization errors can cause a significant loss of data, reduced network capacity and dropped calls. EXFO's SyncWatch-110 test unit is purpose-built for qualifying and monitoring next-generation networks that use IEEE 1588v2 and/or SyncE technologies, while maintaining support of traditional TDM synchronization testing.

The SyncWatch-110's software engine is capable of analyzing the IEEE 1588v2 timing packets and reporting on a number of packet metrics. What's more, the SyncWatch-110 unit supports different modes of operation for testing that is adapted to service-provider applications, allowing users to leverage it for the entire network lifecycle—from turn-up to troubleshooting and monitoring.

In addition to the SyncWatch-110 testing unit, EXFO's FTB/IQS-8510B, FTB/IQS-8510G and FTB/IQS-8120NGE/8130NGE modules now support the capture and analysis of IEEE 1588v2 protocol for all Ethernet rates up to 10 Gbit/s, ensuring that users can accurately troubleshoot packet network synchronization issues in the field.

"While mobile backhaul networks migrate toward an all-IP/Ethernet-centric infrastructure, it has never been more important for service providers to measure the pulse of their networks to ensure the highest quality of service to their ever-demanding customer base," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. "The versatility of the SyncWatch-110 enables operators to validate, qualify and monitor network synchronization throughout their entire migration plan."

Visit our website for more information about the SyncWatch-110 Synchronization Testing Unit.

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 wireless and wireline 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, and various optical technologies (accounting for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com .

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The corporate name of the company is EXFO Inc. The company requests that all media outlets and publications use the corporate name ("EXFO Inc.") or abbreviated name ("EXFO") in capital letters for branding purposes. EXFO would like to thank all parties in advance for their cooperation.

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