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EXFO And Sumitomo Sign A Partnership Agreement To Better Leverage Their Respective FTTH Test And Diagnosis Technologies

Designed for in-service, end-to-end testing, monitoring and troubleshooting of PON topologies, EXFO's FG-750 Node iOLM OTDR-based remote test unit is now fully qualified with Sumitomo's reflective termination filter technology

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI), whereby its recently launched FG-750 Node iOLM, an OTDR-based remote test unit for automated FTTH fault management, is now fully qualified with Sumitomo's reflective termination filter technology. Through this partnership, both companies will leverage their respective FTTH test and diagnosis expertise in advanced optical-line testing and monitoring applications.

Launched in September 2012, EXFO's FG-750 Node iOLM is a fixed remote test unit that performs in-service, end-to-end testing, monitoring and troubleshooting of PON topologies from the central office. The FG-750 can test point-to-multipoint fibers, or run downstream tests from the node or central office to any passive optical network line type, providing operators with an automated, operation-oriented way of assessing the health of their FTTH networks.

The agreement ensures that EXFO's FG-750 Node iOLM will now be fully qualified with Sumitomo's reflective termination filters, which rely on SEI's world-proven FTTH component and subsystem technology. By virtue of this partnership, EXFO and SEI will work together to provide strategic tier-1 customers with the best of their respective core technologies and IP expertise, and further build their market leadership in FTTH-related optical-line testing and monitoring.

"We are delighted to be working with Sumitomo, a worldwide leader in fiber-optic components and subsystems. This partnership will benefit both companies, as EXFO and Sumitomo will leverage their respective technologies to provide their own customers with enhanced FTTH optical-line testing and monitoring expertise," said Étienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO's Test and Measurement Division. "Sumitomo's reflective termination filters have a very strong track record in testing, on-demand diagnosis and monitoring applications, and have already attained maturity in terms of manufacturing volume. They bring a key aspect of cost-efficiency to our FG-750 Node iOLM, in addition to ensuring that our solution is fully qualified for today's FTTH requirements."

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