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EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:EXFO), Quebec City, has announced that its FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer multi-service test module has been approved by a Tier-1 network service provider (NSP) in the Americas.

EXFO's Power Blazer module, offering up to 10 Gbit/s test capabilities inside the most compact and powerful solution for next-generation SONET/SDH/OTN, Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications, has been designed with the utmost level of scalability and flexibility to meet the most stringent demands of converged, next-generation IP-based networks.

The FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer is ideally suited for multi-service transport platform (MSTP) and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) network deployments as well as maintenance activities. In addition, 1X/2X/4X/10X Fibre Channel testing rates are now offered on an optional basis, entrenching the Power Blazer's position as the most comprehensive multi-service test solution for installation and troubleshooting requirements of metro and core networks. This best-of-class test solution can be hosted in either the FTB-200 Compact Platform for super technicians or the FTB-400 Universal Test System for network engineers.

"This latest product approval at a Tier-1 NSP is another clear indicator that our innovative transport and datacom test solutions are creating a major upheaval in the next-generation protocol test market," said Germain Lamonde, EXFO's chairman, president and CEO. "I'm pleased with the ongoing success of our transport/datacom test solutions as they surpassed 20% of Telecom Division revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2008 and are increasingly gaining traction with Tier-1 accounts."

"As our brand equity continues to build and customers become more familiar with our protocol test solutions, I'm highly optimistic that this business will continue representing a major growth vehicle for EXFO in 2008 and beyond," Mr. Lamonde added. "As well, with the recent acquisitions of Brix Networks and Navtel Communications, we intend to cross-leverage technologies across our various R&D sites to further increase growth in protocol testing and expand into the application layers of the stack."

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 or call 418/683-0913, ext. 3733.
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Date:Jul 1, 2008

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