EXFO Extends Its Optical Transport Network (OTN) Testing Capabilities to Qualify 100G/40G Ethernet Client Services

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

QUEBEC CITY, Canada, March 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) announced today the addition of 100G/40G Ethernet mapping over optical transport network (EoOTN) testing capabilities on its FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 100G/40G Ethernet Test Modules. The newly launched capabilities give leading 100G/40G Ethernet system manufacturers and network service providers the means to overcome their test challenges and significantly accelerate time-to-market. These capabilities include mapping 100G Ethernet services into OTU4 (111.81 Gbit/s) and transcoded 40G Ethernet services into OTU3 (43.018 Gbit/s) using generic mapping procedure (GMP) as per ITU-T G.709.

The added functionalities are available through a software option for existing 85100G Packet Blazer modules—housed in EXFO's FTB-500 Platform and IQS-600 Integrated Qualification System—requiring no additional hardware and maximizing customers' return on investment.

In today's competitive market, carriers and network operators strive to deliver the bandwidth required for residential, mobile and enterprise services—a challenge they must meet while reducing costs and improving efficiency. To achieve this increased link capacity, they have chosen to upgrade to 100G Ethernet and transport the services across optical transport networks, which represent a balanced solution for simplified network operations and reduced capital and operational expenses.

With that in mind, EXFO is pleased to provide its customers with the tools needed to meet the demand for stable and resilient Ethernet services and network performance. EXFO's newly introduced Ethernet-over-OTN testing capability ensures that all newly deployed 100G and 40G networks are proven capable of handling any of the demanding services that may be placed on them in the future. Qualifying 100G/40G Ethernet IP traffic transmission at 100 percent throughput over OTN, measuring round-trip delay (RTD) across the optical path and latency at the service level as well as ensuring transparent recovery of the client signal at the receiver end are some of EXFO's 85100G leading testing capabilities.

"100G/40G Ethernet trials and early deployments can prove complex and cumbersome to perform when conducted without the proper test equipment, and EXFO is excited to bring its technological innovations to accelerate and simplify these operations," said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing.

EXFO will demonstrate the upgraded 85100G Packet Blazer modules at the 2011 OFC/NFOEC, in Los Angeles, CA, USA, from March 8 to 10, booth 1418.

Visit our website for more information about the FTB-85100G Packet Blazer and IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 100G/40G Ethernet Test Modules.

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 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit .

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