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Wi-LAN Launches World's First Customer Premise Equipment for Broadband Wireless Access Using W-OFDM Technology

06/07/2000



Latest I.WiLL(TM) Product, for Point-to-point Multipoint Networks, Offers Six Channels Each Delivering 32 Mbps in 10 MHz of Bandwidth in Worldwide 2.4 GHz Band


Atlanta, Georgia
June 7, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN - news), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications today at SUPERCOMM 2000 launched Wi-LAN's new I.WiLL System, a broadband access solution for deploying high-speed, secure, reliable, scalable and cost-effective broadband wireless access networks ideal for service providers.

The I.WiLL System can be used in a wide variety of service provider networking applications as an overlay with - or replacement of - traditional wire-line network solutions. Consisting of the I.WiLL POP-24 base station and I.WiLL LCPE-24 remote unit, the I.WiLL System is the second generation of Wi-LAN products using the company's patented W-OFDM technology. With a peak data rate of 32 megabits per second (Mbps), the I.WiLL System demonstrates the point-to-multipoint industry's most effective use of bandwidth - approximately three bits per second per Hz.

"The I.WiLL System provides an ideal solution for public broadband networks requiring wireless multiple-site communications infrastructure," says Bill Hews, Wi-LAN president and COO. "The I.WiLL System meets the high quality demands of service providers looking to offer wireless public broadband access to their customers."

Wi-LAN's I.WiLL System will initially operate in the 2.4 GHz to 2.4835 GHz unlicensed ISM band, allowing wireless network connectivity at a fraction of wire, cable or fiber networking costs.

The I.WiLL System uses an efficient adaptive polling protocol to make for easier quality of service controls and to eliminate inefficient data collisions that plague more commonplace wireless networking systems. With the I.WiLL System, all remote units don't have to "see" each other, making it easy for service providers to add many more stations to the network.

Within the year, Wi-LAN will unveil several new wireless networking products built with its patented W-OFDM technology for service providers holding licenses for all frequencies as they become available.

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2000, Wi-LAN will rollout 32-Mbps, W-OFDM technology products for the MCS and 3.6 GHz frequency bands followed shortly by products for the MMDS and 3.4 GHz frequency bands. This year, Wi-LAN will demonstrate wireless data rates of 40 Mbps and 90 Mbps for rollout in products in 2001. In 2001, the company will demonstrate 155 Mbps capability.

The W-OFDM Advantage:
W-OFDM is a variation of OFDM that further improves its characteristics and enables low cost broadband applications. The signal reception is corrected for distortions, allowing greater transmission speeds, and processes the signal to maximize the range. W-OFDM allows lower-power, multipoint radio frequency (RF) networks to be implemented, minimized interference with adjacent networks.

W-OFDM is the most spectrally efficient technology known today. Its spectral characteristics enable a high bits per second per Hz as well as tighter packing of channels. These two features increase the overall bandwidth efficiency. Less disruption of adjacent users and insensitivity to external noise means that high-speed multipoint data networks can be simply and rapidly deployed. Once installed, these systems are tolerant to changes in the RF environment, limiting maintenance requirements, and the systems can be easily expanded to meet the user's changing needs.

Wi-LAN at SUPERCOMM 2000:
Product demonstrations are available at Wi-LAN's SUPERCOMM 2000 booth (#6967), located in the heart of the "Wireless and Satellite Technology Zone".

Wi-LAN will hold a press conference June 7, 9 a.m. (EDT) in room #308E, Georgia World Congress Center. Interested parties can take in the proceedings: through teleconference by calling 1-888-422-7101 (toll-free within North America) or (608) 250-9281 (international) and entering conference code #333941; or through audio web cast by visiting the company's web site (www.wi-lan.com).

Starting June 7, the company's web site (www.wi-lan.com) will include footage of product demonstrations, presentations and other Wi-LAN exhibition booth activities at SUPERCOMM 2000, the world's largest annual communications technology exhibition and conference, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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