EXFO Extends OTN Testing

Enhanced test suite qualifies 100G Ethernet services over OTN

March 17, 2010

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QUEBEC CITY -- EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the addition of optical transport network (OTN) testing capabilities on its FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 100G/40G Ethernet Test Modules. These include OTU4 (111.81 Gbit/s) and OTU3 (43.018 Gbit/s) full-line-rate testing, as well as framing and forward error correction (FEC) testing as per ITU-T G.709, enabling breakthrough-level qualification of 100G Ethernet transmission over OTN. These added capabilities are available through a software option for existing 85100G Packet Blazer modules, requiring no additional hardware and maximizing customers’ return on investment. EXFO will demonstrate these capabilities at the upcoming OFC event (booth 1134, March 23-25).

In today’s competitive market, carriers and network operators strive to deliver the bandwidth required for residential, mobile and enterprise services—a challenge they must meet while reducing costs and improving efficiency. To achieve this increased link capacity, they have chosen to upgrade to 100G Ethernet and transport the services across optical transport networks, which represents a balanced solution for simplified network operations and reduced capital and operational expenses.

With that in mind, EXFO made a decision to stand by its major 100G Ethernet customers—FPGA designers, CFP optical module manufacturers, network element manufacturers, carriers—and offer them the enhanced capabilities they need to meet their test challenges and lead the market in their domains. Today, EXFO is the first test and measurement provider to have conducted OTU4 lab trials with multiple industry leaders.

EXFO (Nasdaq: EXFO; Toronto: EXF)

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