EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering announced the launch of its automated Network Quality Monitoring System (NQMS) test solution

March 13, 2007

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QUEBEC -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the launch of its automated Network Quality Monitoring System (NQMS) test solution dedicated at maximizing the Quality of Service (QoS) of optical fiber installed in access, metro and long-haul networks.

Revenue generation for Network Service Providers (NSPs) is increasingly dependant on the ability to provide Triple- Play services to residential subscribers as well as managing critical data services for corporate clients. With the need for transmission speed and available bandwidth growing exponentially, these services require a reliable optical network infrastructure.

Consequently, QoS is becoming the key differentiator for NSPs in a very competitive environment, given that enterprise customers are demanding quality guarantees through Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Similarly, today’s residential subscribers typically have an abundance of choices for voice, video and data services. With pricing becoming more and more comparable, NSPs need to ensure service availability and quality as a key differentiator in order to minimize customer churn as they compete amongst themselves and against cable multi-system operators (MSOs).

Following on the success of earlier EXFO Remote Fiber Test Systems (RFTSs), NQMSfiber enables NSPs to monitor their optical fiber plant 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and pro-actively detect any fiber degradation or precisely locate a fiber cut within minutes.

On the strength of EXFO’s expertise and market leadership in optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR), the remote test units (RTUs) of the NQMSfiber system combine leading-edge technology with sophisticated capabilities, such as auto-discovery and provisioning functions, to ensure plug-and-play operability within seconds of connecting a new fiber route to the test unit. A unique learning algorithm, using statistical processes, greatly reduces or eliminates false alarms and erroneous dispatches.

Implemented on EXFO’s NQMS Test Operation Support System (TOSS), which was acquired from Consultronics, NQMSfiber complements existing test applications like NQMSvoice used by carriers for monitoring service quality end-to-end across any type of private or public network for regular telephony as well as Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) traffic.

EXFO (Nasdaq: EXFO; Toronto: EXF)

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