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EXFO’s EtherSAM Leadership Confirmed with Official Adoption of ITU-T Y.1564 Standard for Ethernet/IP Services Testing

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EXFO’s EtherSAM Leadership Confirmed with Official Adoption of ITU-T Y.1564 Standard for Ethernet/IP Services Testing

Having initiated the ITU-T Y.1564 standard, EXFO is the only provider offering this new testing methodology across its comprehensive Ethernet test solutions

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, March 15, 2011 – EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today that its comprehensive Ethernet portfolio is fully compliant with the recently approved ITU-T Y.1564 standard, formerly known as Y.156sam. Having introduced the concept of the new ITU-T Y.1564 standard in June 2009 and having worked closely with industry experts throughout its adoption process, EXFO recognized the urgent need for a more efficient and complete way to commission and troubleshoot mobile backhaul and business Ethernet services.

With multiclass Ethernet services being deployed globally, legacy test standards such as RFC 2544 were no longer adequate to validate today’s service-level agreements (SLA). With customers thirsty for a new test methodology due to aggressive deployment plans, largely driven by the migration to packet-based mobile backhaul infrastructure worldwide, EXFO was the first to introduce this standard to the market on its modular-based Ethernet testing solutions-even before the standard was officially approved.

Delivered on EXFO’s Ethernet testing products via the EtherSAM test suite, this service activation methodology has proven to be instrumental in real-life scenarios-drastically reducing deployment times and eliminating repeats by offering full visibility of all SLA metrics immediately and accurately. Since its availability in early 2010, EXFO’s customers embraced EtherSAM for its speed and the high level of accuracy at which they can validate new services. Plus, thanks to the company’s unique real-time asymmetrical test capabilities, customers benefit from unmatched service performance visibility.

The EtherSAM test suite is available on all of EXFO’s datacom modules housed in the FTB-1, FTB-200, FTB-400, FTB-500 and IQS-600 platforms. The RTU-310 and RTU-310G remote test units also support this service activation methodology.

“Fully adapted to today’s mobile backhaul, commercial and wholesale services, the new ITU-T Y.1564 standard is truly beneficial for our customers to optimize the quality of service and reduce operational costs”, said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. “EXFO is proud to have a strong relationship with its customers as it led the way to developing this new standard, which is now integrated into our complete Ethernet test suite.”

EtherSAM functionalities will be showcased at CTIA Wireless 2011, March 22-24, 2011, in Orlando, USA, booth 4346.

Visit our website to learn everything there is to know about the value of this new Carrier Ethernet service activation testing standard, EtherSAM.

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 www.EXFO.com.

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