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2017-01-26

EXFO first to offer Speedtest™ Powered handheld broadband testing device


With the addition of Speedtest by Ookla’s technology, EXFO’s MaxTester helps service providers ensure residential subscribers get the internet speeds they expect.

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, January 26, 2017 – Less than a year after introducing MaxTester 635G, the world’s first handheld G.fast test set, EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF), the global network test, data and analytics experts, today announced another industry first: the MaxTester 635G is now the only Speedtest™ Powered broadband test device. The new software enables operators rolling out FTTx broadband in the residential services market to make sure subscribers get the throughput (upload and download speeds) they expect, based on results obtained directly from the testing devices used by technicians in the field.

Speedtest by Ookla’s throughput testing and analysis software has been integrated directly into the MaxTester 635G test solution, part of EXFO’s broader portfolio of test orchestration and real-time 3D analytics solutions for service providers, network equipment manufacturers and web-scale companies. Speedtest’s technology measures the true TCP throughput over the customer’s G.fast/DSL or Ethernet circuit using the industry gold standard in internet connection speed testing. Service providers can now get more consistent results, more efficiently, with a single tool that integrates physical, service and throughput testing. The handheld MAX-635G enables technicians to perform a Speedtest anywhere in the last mile network (DPU/DSLAM, NID, ONT), and prove internet upload and download speeds to locally distributed Speedtest servers.

"To thrive in a context of massive industry transformation, service providers need more consistent and accurate network testing, executed more efficiently," said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s Vice-President, Test and Measurement. “As their partners, our job is to develop smarter solutions that meet those needs. We’re proud to be the first to integrate Speedtest and provide operators with the perfect all-in-one tool for residential testing.”

In addition to being Speedtest Powered, EXFO's MaxTester 635G helps service providers confidently install, turn up and maintain G.fast, VDSL2-35b, VDSL2- and ADSL2+ deployments, and verify subscriber data rates of up to 1 Gbit/s. It offers multiplay service testing with industry-leading, copper fault-finding capabilities and touchscreen navigation. The MaxTester 635G also provides superior asset and data field management support using EXFO Sync and EXFO Connect mobile and cloud-based solutions.

For more information, visit the MaxTester 635G web page. To see it in action, watch this video demo.

About EXFO

EXFO develops smarter network test, data and analytics solutions for the world’s leading communications service providers, network equipment manufacturers and web-scale companies. Since 1985, we’ve worked side by side with our clients in the lab, field, data center, boardroom and beyond to pioneer essential technology and methods for each phase of the network lifecycle. Our portfolio of test orchestration and real-time 3D analytics solutions turn complex into simple and deliver business-critical insights from the network, service and subscriber dimensions. Most importantly, we help our clients flourish in a rapidly transforming industry where “good enough” testing and data analytics just isn’t good enough anymore—it never was for us, anyway. For more information, visit EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog.

About Speedtest by Ookla

Speedtest by Ookla is the global leader in internet performance testing and consumer-initiated network diagnostics. With over 8 million tests taken each day and over 9 billion tests logged to date, Speedtest provides the most expansive view of worldwide internet network performance and accessibility. The company’s comprehensive data platform, known as Speedtest Intelligence, is a trusted and vital research and analysis tool used by businesses, universities, and government agencies that seek to fully understand the complexity of internet services by both region and provider.

Founded by internet and telecommunications veterans in 2006, the company has offices in Seattle, WA and Dublin, Ireland. You can follow the company on Twitter @Speedtest.