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EXFO Launches New Tablet-Inspired, Automated and Intelligent Handheld OTDR Line

Published on September 30, 2013

EXFO announced today the launch of its new tablet-inspired MaxTester 700B OTDR Series, ushering in a new era of handheld fiber testers by making frontline OTDR field testing faster and more accessible with unprecedented end-user experience. This series directly tackles rising challenges in fiber deployment.

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, Oct 1, 2013 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) today announced the launch of its new tablet-inspired MaxTester 700B OTDR Series, which is redefining handheld fiber testers by making frontline OTDR field testing faster and more accessible with unprecedented end-user experience. This series directly addresses the rising challenges to deploy more fiber faster, and with limited resources and training time.

MaxTester 715BInspired by today’s intuitive and high-performance tablet technologies, EXFO’s automated and intelligent MaxTester OTDR series helps contractors and service providers build faster, more reliable fiber networks. The MaxTester’s tablet-inspired design features a large, 7-inch, outdoor-enhanced touchscreen—the largest in the industry for a handheld device, making it small enough to fit in one hand, yet large enough to provide clear, squint-free presentation of results. The MaxTester OTDR series also features an icon-based GUI in a Windows-like environment that can be easily mastered right from the outset. In addition, it’s powered by a full-day, 12-hour rechargeable battery.

Produced by the world leading OTDR manufacturer, the MaxTester 700B Series is genuine EXFO OTDR inside. These instruments feature light and very compact designs at budget-friendly price points with no compromise in quality. The MaxTester series is comprised of three models to cover any frontline fiber test application, from last-mile to access and FTTH/PON. The MaxTester OTDRs replace EXFO’s famous AXS-100/110 OTDR Series, in turn bringing an advanced iOLM application to the handheld market. The iOLM OTDR-based application is powered by Link-Aware™ technology, which combines an intelligent and dynamic multipulse approach with multiple wavelengths—all in a unique and single link view that frees technicians from having to perform complex OTDR analysis. With a two-year track record on the market, the iOLM is a mature and proven technology providing expert-level results at the push of a button to hundreds of users in over 75 countries.

“These solutions are a direct response to customer feedback, reflecting their need for compact, budget-friendly, powerful, yet intuitive testing tools inspired by tablets and smartphones,” said Étienne Gagnon, Vice-President of EXFO’s Test and Measurement Division. “Our new MaxTester 700B Series combines our quality-designed OTDR with a unique form factor to provide unmatched user experience and make daily test routines more simple and efficient.”

EXFO’s new MaxTester 700B OTDR series will be showcased for the first time today, October 1, 2013, during a special product introduction presentation held from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET at the FTTH Theater (Booth #323) of the 2013 FTTH Conference and Expo taking place this week at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida.

For more information about the MaxTester 700B OTDR Series, please visit EXFO.com/MAXOTDR.

About EXFO

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 more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1600 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube