Canadian Manufacturing

EXFO forms partnership with Algonquin College

5G and Industry 4.0 implications for the manufacturing sector as Algonquin offers programs with advanced testing technology equipment involved in the telecommunications industry.

April 21, 2021  by CM Staff

OTTAWA — On Apr. 21, EXFO Inc., a testing, monitoring and analytics company, and Ottawa’s Algonquin College, a polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario, announced their collaboration for the college’s Optical Systems and Sensors (OSS) program. EXFO will support the program’s upgrade of its Optophotonics Lab by donating advanced testing technology equipment (100G), in the form of FTB portable test modules.

“This testing equipment will enhance students’ work in the program’s state-of-the-art Optophotonics Lab and will give them invaluable hands-on, practical experience in operating and managing 200 Gb/s optical transport networks and optical switches in the Lab,” said Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, Professor and Coordinator of Optical Systems and Sensors Program, an Algonquin College-Carleton University bachelor’s degree joint program.

The 100G FTB modules also offer test applications allowing a multitude of Ethernet testing from 10M to 100G and transport protocol testing which students are likely to use later in telecommunications companies.

“Innovation is in our DNA here at EXFO, and we are deeply committed to supporting the next generation of innovators, such as through this partnership with Algonquin College,” said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s Vice President, Test and Measurement. “This kind of initiative benefits everyone: students, the college and our own team.”

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“EXFO’s investment aligns with Algonquin College’s commitment to delivering hands-on, digitally connected, experiential learning,” said Claude Brulé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Algonquin College “Thanks to the company’s generosity, our learners will gain experience with cutting-edge technology and be positioned for long-term career success.”

As part of their commitment to innovation, both EXFO and Algonquin College are members of Canada’s Center of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (CENGN), where companies from different fields work together to ensure the continuity and expansion of the Canadian communications industry.


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