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EXFO Joins Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand™ Ecosystem Program to Drive Network Functions Virtualization Innovation

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QUEBEC CITY, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today its participation in Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand™ Ecosystem Program, the first open community of platform vendors, virtual application vendors, and service providers who are developing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), which was created in 2013 to help foster NFV innovation and share knowledge. The CloudBand™ Ecosystem Program offers members free and open access to a live and distributed cloud infrastructure using CloudBand 2nd generation NFV management and orchestration.

As part of the NFV community, EXFO will contribute its expertise in network testing to advance application tests and other test solutions in the simulated cloud environment, and create use cases to demonstrate NFV solutions to service providers. This initiative aims to promote the transition of networks to the carrier cloud to drive new revenue potential and operational efficiency for the telecommunications industry.

"I am very happy to welcome EXFO as a new member of our CloudBand™ Ecosystem Program focusing on the new telecom frontier of NFV," said Valerie Noto, Director, CloudBand Ecosystem at Alcatel-Lucent. "I am sure EXFO will bring innovative solutions and expertise in the testing space necessary for this new game changer in the telecom Industry."

"We are proud to participate and contribute our expertise in developing new and innovative use cases to help service providers test and assure service performance and user quality of experience as they adopt and embrace cloud-based NFV. EXFO is leading the way in virtual test and virtual probe-based service performance monitoring and analytics, and we are excited to be part of the CloudBand™ Ecosystem Program to collectively advance knowledge and technological innovation in our industry," said Vikas Arora, Chief Technology Officer at EXFO.

NFV virtualizes network services via software-enabling operators to reduce OPEX/CAPEX, as well as accelerate time-to-market while providing the agility and flexibility to quickly scale services to address changing demands. It enables service providers to bring the agility, efficiency and economics of the cloud to their own networks and business operations, allowing them to offer cloud services with the performance and reliability that consumers and enterprises expect.

For more information about EXFO's test solutions, please visit EXFO.com.

About EXFO
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is a leading provider of next-generation test, service assurance and end-to-end quality of experience solutions for mobile and fixed network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. EXFO's intelligent solutions with contextually relevant analytics improve end-user quality of experience, enhance network performance and drive operational efficiencies throughout the network and service delivery lifecycle. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, VoLTE, IMS, video, Ethernet/IP, SNMP, OTN, FTTx, xDSL and various optical technologies accounting for more than 38% of the global 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.

Alcatel, Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent, the Alcatel-Lucent logo, and CloudBand are trademarks of Alcatel-Lucent. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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