EXFO unveils new test suite for handheld Ethernet/IP tester

FEBRUARY 16, 2009 -- Available as a software option for existing or new AXS-200/850 testers, the new test suite allows field technicians to perform one-step, multi-stream traffic generation and monitoring to emulate tiered-service offerings and establish baseline quality-of-service (QoS) metrics that are critical to any service level agreement (SLA).

FEBRUARY 16, 2009 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(search for EXFO) today announced the release of a new software suite
for its AXS-200/850, a handheld Ethernet and IP tester that
simplifies the testing processes used by field technicians when
turning-up metro Ethernet and IP services.

Available as a software option for existing or new AXS-200/850
testers, the new features allow field technicians to perform one-
step, multi-stream traffic generation and monitoring to emulate
tiered-service offerings and establish baseline quality-of-service
(QoS) metrics that are critical to any service level agreement (SLA).

The continuing popularity of bandwidth-intensive residential triple-
play, mobile data, and IP-based business services is driving the
proliferation of carrier Ethernet in access and metro networks. As
these services have evolved, the need for more stringent SLA
metrics and tiered-service offerings has increased, in turn requiring
stronger testing capabilities by front-line field technicians. Novice
and expert technicians alike must not only turn up and test these
new Ethernet connections, but they are also being called upon to
monitor and measure QoS performance to quickly and efficiently
establish baseline metrics for SLAs.

EXFO says its AXS-200/850 handheld tester puts powerful, yet
intuitive multi-stream traffic generation and monitoring tools into
the hands of field technicians. A quick glance at the AXS-200/850's
exclusive graphical multi-stream traffic generation gauges allows
any technician to immediately and accurately interpret real-time
pass/fail thresholds, say company representatives. The GUI uses
speedometer-like images to display real-time test results that
eliminate errors in data interpretation with clear, easily recognizable
color-coded graphics. Full-line rate throughput, packet jitter, real-
time latency, frame loss, out-of-sequence statistics, and on-the-fly
adjustment of throughput and frame size give all technicians the
power to determine if the Ethernet and IP services are meeting
expected SLAs.

"Even as networks and component configurations continue to grow
in complexity, the current economic climate is forcing service
providers to drive more productivity out of their resources," notes
Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice president of product management and
marketing. "The latest AXS-200/850 software suite supports our
customers' business initiatives with focused functionality that
expands their field-testing capabilities, while enabling them to
meet stringent SLAs," he says. "It is another example of EXFO's
commitment to deliver innovative, relevant testing solutions that
address real-world challenges."


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