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EXFO Launches Revolutionary Test Module For 100G Field Deployment

The new FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Multiservice Test Module addresses all rates from 10M to 100G, providing carriers with a unique solution to support current 100G mass deployments 

QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) announced today the introduction of the FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Multiservice Test Module to address 40G/100G field deployments happening now. The unique FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer is the industry's smallest field-testing solution supporting 10M-to-100G rates in a single module. It covers a wide range of technologies including SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet. Further, the FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer addresses all 40G/100G field upgrades and lower-rate client service turn-ups.

Today, carriers are facing multiple challenges. They need to support both legacy and packet-based services up to 100G on the same network and ensure service-level agreements for each of these services. Carriers are pressured to reduce the cost per transported bit, and minimize equipment costs, truck rolls and technician dispatches. What's more, 40G/100G technology is complex: new pluggable optics (CFPs) are still in their nascent stage, in short supply and are expensive. In addition to all these challenges, carriers are still looking to reduce time-to-service without compromising quality.

The FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer is uniquely optimized for field testing with its proven, easy-to-use GUI. It delivers first-class flexibility: remote management, battery operation and integrated optical tools. Carriers can combine the FTB-88100NGE with EXFO's optical modules, such as an optical spectrum analyzer, making it the perfect kit for field commissioning and turn-up. Furthermore, the FTB-88100NGE is compatible with EXFO Connect, so users can benefit from EXFO's cloud-based services, including centralized management of test units and data.

EXFO's FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer is future-proof. Carriers can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the module can easily adapt to future requirements up to 100G.  Yet immediately, they can leverage its FLEX configuration to enable any testing capabilities to match their current needs at an economical price. Additional rates and interfaces can easily be enabled with a simple software key in the field, providing maximum flexibility with minimum downtime and eliminating the need for multiple test units.

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