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April 13, 2009

Tier-1 network operator selects EXFO’s PMD service

US$2.0 m deal to enable upgrade to high-bandwidth transmission system

By CBR Staff Writer

A Tier-1 network operator from the Europe, Middle East and Africa region has selected Canada-based EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering’s latest test service, the FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer, to enable a network upgrade to higher transmission rates.

In a deal reaching roughly $2 million, EXFO’s newly released FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzers will be used to quantify the level of potentially debilitating polarization mode dispersion (PMD) on specific fiber sections of the operator’s core network. As a result, it will allow the customer to identify and repair only the impacted sections of its network when upgrading to 40Gbit/s today and 100Gbit/s in the future.

According to EXFO, the FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer is a module hosted inside the FTB-500 platform, which allows EXFO customers to carry out a wide range of tests – from optical link characterization to 40G next-generation SONET/SDH testing.

Etienne Gagnon, vice-president of product management and marketing at EXFO, said: In this particular case, our single-end distributed PMD analyzer will provide a Tier-1 operator with a clearer picture of PMD effects on all fiber sections of its network, rather than offer a blind end-to-end value and enable the cost-efficient upgrade to higher transmission rates through targeted facelifts.

EXFO is a provider of test and service assurance services for network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of services extending across the technology lifecycle – from design to technology deployment and onto service assurance – and covering all layers on a network infrastructure to enable triple-play services and next-generation, converged IP networking.

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