EXFO Introduces One-Way Delay Measurements to Its Comprehensive Portable Ethernet Backhaul Testing Solution

The Only Universal Portable Solution on the Market Using Any Available Reference Clock for Accurate One-Way Delay Measurement

QUEBEC CITY, Canada, Aug. 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) announced today the addition of one-way delay measurement to its portable Ethernet backhaul test offering. This addition to EXFO’s already unique and innovative (patent-pending) bidirectional testing functionalities further strengthens its leadership in IP/Ethernet service validation. EXFO now offers the only portable Ethernet backhaul test units to perform true one-way delay measurement, using any of the available reference clock, making it the most reliable and easy-to-use test solution—no matter where in the world.

Integrated within EXFO’s EtherSAM (ITU-T Y.1564) test methodology, this enriched testing capability allows for turning up and troubleshooting Ethernet backhaul and delay-sensitive applications faster and more accurately than ever. In fact, it enables network operators and service providers to perform simultaneous one-way measurements of all key performance indicators (KPI) included in service-level agreements (SLA).

In today’s complex networks, millisecond delay fluctuations can cause service to be affected, or even interrupted. One-way latency measurement is critical in such a context, since it enables the accurate validation of delay-sensitive applications such as backhaul synchronization, transactional services or voice-over-IP (VoIP); it also acts as a quality of service (QoS) assurance alternative to traditional round-trip delay measurements, which often fail to identify performance issues in asymmetrical networks.

Housed either in the FTB-200 or FTB-500 field-testing platforms, EXFO’s enhanced Power Blazer modules enable network operators and service providers to validate IP/Ethernet performance and service quality—with the added flexibility of a portable solution.

“Network operators worldwide are increasingly deploying real-time applications that are delay-sensitive, creating the need for more stringent SLAs. In turn, this makes measurements such as one-way delay much more important in ensuring that KPIs are met,” said Etienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO’s Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. “EXFO’s innovative one-way delay measurement is yet another feature that adds to a portable, simple test solution designed to effectively validate IP/Ethernet network performance and service quality.”

Visit the FTB-8120NGE/8130NGE Power Blazer product page to learn everything there is to know about our enhanced IP/Ethernet service validation offering.

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 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.

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