Field-Test Modules validate carrier Ethernet services.

Press Release Summary:

By integrating software suite, FTB-8510B/FTB-8510G and IQS-8510B/IQS-8510G Packet Blazer GigE and 10 GigE test modules now support Provider Backbone Bridge-Traffic Engineering and Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching functionalities. Support is also included for multi-stream traffic filtering techniques, 1X and 2X Fibre Channel testing, full-line rate TCP throughput testing, and bi-directional RFC 2544 measurements.

Original Press Release:

EXFO Launches Industry's First PBT/MPLS Field-Test Solution

EXFO expands Ethernet testing portfolio with new software suite for end- to-end validation of Carrier Ethernet services

QUEBEC CITY, June 17 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:EXFO)(NASDAQ:TSX:)(NASDAQ:EXF) announced today the release of new test enhancements for its FTB-8510B/FTB-8510G and IQS-8510B/IQS-8510G Packet Blazer Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) test modules.

With this new software release, the FTB-8510B/FTB-8510G and IQS-8510B/IQS-8510G Packet Blazer Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet test modules now support Provider Backbone Bridge-Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) and Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) functionalities in a single module, allowing network service providers (NSPs) and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to fully validate carrier Ethernet services and network equipment.

In addition, this new software suite introduces a number of testing features including support for advanced multi-stream traffic filtering techniques and 1X and 2X Fibre Channel testing. These new capabilities on the FTB-8510B and FTB-8510G Packet Blazers, combined with full-line rate TCP throughput testing and bi-directional RFC 2544 measurements, offer NSPs a comprehensive and portable tool for deploying, maintaining and troubleshooting next-generation Ethernet services.

The FTB-8510B/FTB-8510G Packet Blazer modules, designed for portable field-test applications, are compatible with the FTB-200 Compact Platform and more advanced FTB-400 Universal Test System. The IQS-8510B/IQS-8510G Packet Blazer modules, purpose-built for manufacturing and R&D test applications, are hosted inside the IQS-500 and IQS-600 platforms. All of these platforms support a wide range of additional test modules, including optical, transport and datacom, at various transmission rates reaching up to 43 Gbit/s.

"The successful deployment of Ethernet services depends on carrier-grade scalability, reliability and quality of service (QoS)," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President Product Management and Marketing. "PBB-TE and IP/MPLS are two choice technologies enabling NSPs to efficiently deploy Ethernet services with high levels of configurability and resiliency. Our Packet Blazer test modules continue to evolve with market needs through the industry's first field-test solution that supports PBB-TE and MPLS and strengthens the ability of NSPs to expand their Ethernet infrastructures in a cost-efficient, quality-assured manner."

EXFO representatives will be on-site to demonstrate the industry-leading functionality of the FTB-8510B and FTB-8510G Packet Blazer at NXTcomm08 in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 17-19, 2008.

For more information about the FTB/IQS-8510B and FTB/IQS-8510G Packet Blazer test modules, please visit

About EXFO

EXFO is the second-largest provider of portable test and measurement solutions in the global telecommunications industry and is positioning itself as a leader in next-generation network (NGN) testing and monitoring applications. The Telecom Division, which represents about 85% of the company's business, offers a full suite of test solutions and monitoring systems to network service providers, cable TV operators, network equipment manufacturers and component manufacturers in approximately 70 countries. EXFO is the global market leader for portable optical test solutions with an estimated 25.5% market share in calendar 2006, a technology leader in NGN protocol test and monitoring solutions, as well as in access network test solutions, to enable triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. The company's modular AXS-200, FTB-200, FTB-400, IQS-600 (Windows/PC-based) and InterWatch platforms host a wide range of test solutions covering all layers on a network infrastructure and extending across the full technology lifecycle. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division offers value-added light-based solutions in high-precision medical device and opto-electronics assembly sectors, and advanced fluorescence microscopy and electrophysiology solutions for the life sciences sector. For more information about EXFO's Telecom Division, visit, and for its Life Sciences and Industrial Division, visit

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