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Wi-LAN Acquisition of Leading Antenna Manufacturer Completed

06/29/2000

Closed Deal Brings TIL-TEK Expertise Into the Wi-LAN Fold to Support Wireless Network Implementations

Calgary, Alberta
June 29, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data and Internet communications, announced today that it has closed the transaction to purchase TIL-TEK Antennas Inc. TIL-TEK, a leader in the design and manufacture of high quality antenna products, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Wi-LAN.

Through this acquisition, Wi-LAN gains control of several U.S. and Canadian antenna patents and research programs, as well as an ISO 9001 certified manufacturing plant in Kemptville, Ontario and a joint venture involving a manufacturing and distribution facility in Brazil. Wi-LAN plans to continue TIL-TEK's operations out of Kemptville. In Calgary, Wi-LAN will work on integrating antennas into the design of its I.WiLL(tm) System.

TIL-TEK brings an impressive list of customers that includes TRT Lucent Technologies, LCC International, TELUS Mobility, SR Telecom, Rogers Wireless, MTS Mobility/Manitoba Telephone Systems, Breezecom, and Waverider Communications Inc.

TIL-TEK is a strong supplier in the lucrative PCS/cellular and Wireless Local Loop markets. The acquisition provides both Wi-LAN and TIL-TEK with increased access to large worldwide customers.

"The closing of this transaction completes a significant strategic acquisition for Wi-LAN," said Dr.Hatim Zaghloul, Wi-LAN chairman and CEO. "We look forward to working with TIL-TEK in providing our customers with integrated wireless solutions."

To complete the transaction, Wi-LAN issued shares of common stock to satisfy the purchase price of $22.5 million Canadian.

"TIL-TEK is thrilled to be part of the Wi-LAN family," said Stephen Tilston, president and CEO of TIL-TEK Limited. "The acquisition has given us a larger sales network, a stronger presence in the marketplace and an increased understanding of customer requirements for use in antenna designs." 

About TIL-TEK Antennas Inc.:
For over 20 years, TIL-TEK has been a leader in the design and manufacture of cost-effective, high-quality antenna products. The company, established in 1979 to provide research and development in new antenna technologies for both government and industry, has become a leader in providing global customers with products and services that meet and exceed their specific requirements, at an affordable price. With manufacturing facilities in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and representation worldwide, TIL-TEK has supplied antennas in over 80 countries for a variety of major wireless projects. More information about TIL-TEK can be found at http://www.til-tek.com. 

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