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February 21, 2014 - To optimize Ethernet services, FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer covers bidirectional EtherSAM (Y.1564) on all 10M-to-100G Ethernet interfaces. Software supports dual test-set topology, where two units perform asymmetrical SLA measurement and provide EtherSAM (Y.1564) results per direction on both units to accurately pinpoint problems. In addition, release offers Ethernet operations, administration, and management capabilities including Y.1731, 802.1ag, and MEF on 10M-to-10G Ethernet rates.

EXFO Enhances Its 10M-to-100G Multiservice Field Offering

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Press release date: February 13, 2014

EXFO's FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Test Suite Enables Bidirectional EtherSAM (Y.1564) and Ethernet OAM Test Capabilities for Efficient Turn-up and Troubleshooting of Ethernet Services

QUEBEC CITY — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX:EXF) today announced the extension of its FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer offering to cover bidirectional EtherSAM (Y.1564) on all 10M-to-100G Ethernet interfaces. Adding to the modules' existing 10M-to-100G capabilities, this new functionality is available as a software update to all customers who are part of the 88100NGE Power Blazer client base, thus maximizing their return on investment (ROI).

In today's competitive market, service providers are striving to address bandwidth needs by upgrading their networks to higher speeds and capacities. While delivering larger amounts of data to a growing number of customers creates revenue opportunities for service providers, the sustainable reliability and performance of those services is a challenge. In response, EXFO's new FTB-88100NGE software supports dual test-set topology, where two units perform an asymmetrical service-level agreement (SLA) measurement and provide EtherSAM (Y.1564) results per direction on both units to quickly and accurately pinpoint problems. Furthermore, EXFO's FTB-88100NGE complements its bidirectional test capability with intelligent autodiscovery of remote EXFO Ethernet testers, making it no longer necessary to have an additional technician at the far end to relay critical information.

Finally, in line with today's Ethernet service requirements, the new FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer release offers Ethernet operations, administration and management (OAM) capabilities including Y.1731, 802.1ag and MEF on 10M-to-10G Ethernet rates. In addition, it extends the Ethernet advanced filtering and capture capabilities on every 10M-to-100G Ethernet rate included on the module, giving network engineers the right tools to simplify Ethernet service activation and quickly pinpoint issues in the field for quick service recovery.

"Over the past few years, EXFO has been a leading provider of high-speed multiservice testing solutions, and the extension of our 40G/100G test capabilities on the 88100NGE module continues on that trend," said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO's Transport and Service Assurance Division. "Because our NSP customers are under pressure to deliver their services properly and reliably to generate revenue, we are more determined than ever to provide our customers with value-added testing capabilities that optimize field testing."

For more information about the FTB/IQS-88100NGE Power Blazer multiservice test modules, please 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 wireline and wireless 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, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.

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Corporate Communications
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