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EXFO Expands Its FTB-1 Platform Capabilities With the Introduction of the Smallest and Lightest Multiservice Transport Modular Testers

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

QUEBEC, June 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) announced today the launch of the latest innovations to its line of handheld field testers: the FTB-880 NetBlazer Multiservice Tester, a powerful, comprehensive and fast test module for testing all DSn/PDH, SONET/SDH and Ethernet packet-based services up to 10G rates, and the FTB-810x NetBlazer Series Transport Tester, which provides a complete test suite for DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH interfaces up to 10 Gbit/s—housed on the ultra-portable FTB-1 Platform.

FTB-880 NetBlazer is a comprehensive, all-in-one multiservice test module that covers the test requirements for DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH interfaces for traditional transport testing as well as Ethernet interfaces up to 10G rates. It is the ideal test application for the deployment of multiservice network elements and services used in access/metro networks, including mobile backhaul. What's more, the FTB-880 is unique on the market due to its FLEX configuration, which enables to configure any combination of rates and interfaces on the module for an exact match to meet the requirements of every field technician. This provides maximum configuration flexibility with minimum downtime, while addressing the testing needs of today, in addition to being future-proof for upcoming test requirements.

Also launched in conjunction with the FTB-880, the FTB-810x NetBlazer series comes equipped to test DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH circuits in both access and metro networks. The FTB-810x NetBlazer series offers complete, fast and intuitive transport test solutions for field technicians to easily turn up, validate and troubleshoot transport circuits covering T1/E1 to OC-192/STM-64 testing up to 10 Gbit/s.

The FTB-880 NetBlazer Multiservice Tester and FTB-810x NetBlazer Series Transport Tester are housed in the powerful and intelligent FTB-1 Platform, which offers a simple, easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) and unmatched connectivity and is EXFO Connect-enabled to manage all EXFO test equipment and correlate test data throughout the network lifecycle.

"EXFO is committed to continuing to build on its leadership in field testing. The FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer was the first multiservice tester on the market, and now, with the transition to converged networks, EXFO is pleased to bring multiservice testing even closer to the edge of the network with the FTB-880," said Etienne Gagnon, Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. "This is yet another example of how EXFO truly seeks to meet the needs of its customers everywhere—by providing solutions that are comprehensive, without sacrificing on portability and speed or increasing cost."

For more information on the FTB-880 and the FTB-810x NetBlazer series, visit .

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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