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 /CNW Telbec/ - 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
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
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
Visit our website for more on the FG-750 Node iOLM.
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 1700 people in 25
countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more
information, visit www.EXFO.com.
Marie-Anne Grondin Media and Public Relations Specialist (418) 683-0913, Ext.
23417 marie-anne.grondin@EXFO.com Vance Oliver Manager, Investor Relations
(418) 683-0913, Ext. 23733 vance.oliver@EXFO.com
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