June 13, 2012

EXFO Announces a Major Expansion to Its Copper-Access Test Offering, Adding Two Product Lines Enabling the Installation and Advanced Troubleshooting of Broadband Services



EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) announced  the launch of the MaxTester 610 Copper Test Set and MaxTester 635 Copper, DSL and Multiplay Test Set, the most powerful, intelligent and cost-effective VDSL2 installation and repair testers currently on the market. The newest additions to EXFO’s expanding copper access test offering, the MAX-610 and MAX-635 help service providers deploy the latest ADSL2+ and VDSL2 technology while keeping costs in check.

Telecom service providers are continuously faced with the issue of remaining competitive in delivering broadband to subscribers. FTTH is still quite expensive to install, so reusing copper and maximizing its potential is what the new DSL technologies enable. Previously available installation testers lacked the wideband capabilities necessary for testing VDSL2 circuits. Perfectly aligned with the new technologies, the MaxTester series bridges this gap, addressing the needs of installers to more quickly identify and interpret circuit troubles and restore service.

Adding to the existing MAX-630 ADSL2+/VDSL2 Multiplay Tester, the MaxTester 610 and 635 provide full fault location capabilities (TDR, RFL) and true 30 MHz wideband copper testing in support of ADSL2+ and VDSL2 technologies. Featuring an integrated ADSL2+/VDSL2 modem, the MAX-635 supports bonding, vectoring and G.INP, the latest DSL technologies to extend the reach and rate of DSL—using two pairs to deliver high-speed multiplay services over longer distances and/or at higher data rates.

The new MaxTester units also include the unique SmartR™ test suite, which automatically runs key copper tests, and intelligently analyzes the results to enable technicians to quickly identify and locate faults more reliably than ever before. This EXFO innovation directly leads to a significant increase in operational efficiency by any level of technician and provides a critical tool to enable service providers to reduce their repeat report rates.

Now available on the handheld MaxTester units, these next-generation copper/DSL test functionalities will also be offered on two new copper access modules designed for the FTB-1 modular platform in Q4 of calendar 2012.

“With their unique SmartR test approach, the new handheld MaxTester 610 and 635 bring second-to-none simplification for next-generation technologies—such as VDSL2—which are becoming more and more complex to deploy,” said √Čtienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President—Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing. “These new test solutions will help network operators increase field-testing efficiency and reduce operating expenses by integrating more automation and intelligence into their test processes.”

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 wireline and wireless 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, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies (accounting for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has a staff of approximately 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com.