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EXFO Receives Follow-On Order in Excess of US$2 Million From Tier-1 North American Network Operator

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) announced today that a Tier-1 North American network operator has placed a follow-on order in excess of US$2 million for its AXS-200/635 Triple-Play Tester.
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) announced today that a Tier-1 North American network operator has placed a follow-on order in excess of US$2 million for its AXS-200/635 Triple-Play Tester.

The North American operator, which had shipments exceeding US$1.5 million for the Triple-Play Tester in fiscal 2010, selected EXFO's solution to support the deployment of next-generation VDSL2 and IPTV services over its hybrid network, along with supporting its traditional voice and ADSL2+ Internet service offerings.

The AXS-200/635 is a complete, multi-layer test solution designed for deploying, troubleshooting and repairing voice, ADSL2+, VDSL2, copper and triple-play services like IPTV. Its ease of use, flexible architecture and comprehensive feature set enable customers to lower operating expenditures through the reduction of truck rolls and help them save on capital expenditures.

This Tier-1 North American operator recognized the need to perform rapid, multi-layer analysis of subscriber circuits during provisioning of VDSL2/IPTV services. The AXS-200/635 delivers on this requirement by performing quick and automated analysis of the copper pair in addition to checking quality of service (QoS) of the VDSL2 and IPTV services. The AXS-200/635's multilayer testing approach is essential to ensure that service turn-up is done right the first time, which significantly reduces the potential for future truck rolls.

Of particular interest to this Tier-1 operator is the AXS-200/635's unique LoopMapper feature.  This automated measurement uses a combination of time domain reflectometry (TDR) and frequency domain reflectometry (FDR) to display a graphical depiction (through a simple wiring diagram) of the location and length of bridged-taps and the end of the cable. The presence of bridged-taps causes major performance degradation in a VDSL2 environment and will translate into poor IPTV quality. The LoopMapper feature renders it easy for less-skilled installation technicians to quickly identify and locate bridged-taps that will affect quality of service.

"The AXS-200/635 has proven itself once again to be the test solution of choice for network operators around the world deploying VDSL2 and IPTV," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President—Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. "This significant follow-on order demonstrates EXFO's commitment towards fiber-to-the-node deployments, enabling operators to significantly improve their operating efficiency through proactive service verification and qualification of copper and hybrid-technology architectures."

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 .

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