Tier 1 provider selects EXFO PON power meter

October 19, 2004 Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced that its PPM-350B Passive Optical Network (PON) Power Meter has been selected as the sole power meter for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployments by a Tier 1 network service provider (NSP). The company declined to name the provider.

October 19, 2004 Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced that its PPM-350B Passive Optical Network (PON) Power Meter has been selected as the sole power meter for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployments by a Tier 1 network service provider (NSP). The company declined to name the provider.

EXFO's PON power meter was developed in close partnership with lead customers to ensure an optimal level of network reliability. One such customer is believed to be Verizon - clearly a Tier 1 provider. The unit is designed to provide a simple pass-fail analysis and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) to provide NSPs with savings with regard to operating expenditures, particularly since the handheld test instrument likely will be used by non-optical technicians.

The PPM-350B PON Power Meter can simultaneously test PONs at the three main wavelengths (1310, 1490, and 1550 nm) recommended by the ITU-T for FTTP applications. This handheld instrument can determine the power of different signal types, including continuous (e.g., TV signal at 1550 nm) and framed (e.g., ATM or Ethernet at 1490 nm or 1310 nm). Various baud rates are covered, ranging from 155 Mbits/sec to 2.5 Gbits/sec, for both synchronous and non-synchronous signals.

"This latest product certification confirms EXFO's position as the leading provider of FTTP test solutions," said �tienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Physical-Layer Product Management. "Sustained R&D investments and close customer interaction during the last 18 months have enabled us to develop an extensive portfolio of FTTP-ready products that ultimately will help our NSP customers deploy revenue-generating services in their access networks."

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