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Wi-LAN Partners with AIR2LAN to Build a U.S. Nation-wide Wireless Broadband Access Network


Network to Use Wi-LAN's High-Speed Hopper Plus(TM) Products and I.WiLL(TM) System

Calgary, Alberta
August 22, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications, today announced a purchase commitment with AIR2LAN, a high-speed wireless broadband service provider, which will enable AIR2LAN to begin building a nation-wide broadband wireless network using Wi-LAN's wireless broadband access products. This agreement will facilitate AIR2LAN's ability to provide broadband and value-added services such as virtual private networks in markets throughout the US.

"AIR2LAN, whose management team reads like the who's who of wireless, recognizes the robust requirements needed for implementing broadband wireless access," said Bill Hews, Wi-LAN president and COO. "Wi-LAN was chosen to provide the equipment for this broadband wireless network and is committed to working with AIR2LAN to make broadband access widely available."

AIR2LAN launched its high-speed Internet access service in Jackson, Miss., in May following a successful trial that involved Wi-LAN's Hopper Plus(tm) 45-24 wireless Ethernet bridges. AIR2LAN's service has helped its Jackson customer base reduce the costs associated with high-speed wireless Internet access and provided increased flexibility.

AIR2LAN will build its network using Wi-LAN's high-speed Hopper Plus wireless Ethernet bridges and I.WiLL(tm) System, compatible with Cisco network equipment. Based on the initial success of its services in Jackson, Miss., AIR2LAN is purchasing approximately $1 million of Wi-LAN product for network expansion and subscriber equipment. AIR2LAN's network will span 44 major markets across the country by 2003.

"Wi-LAN's products are well-suited to our network plans," said Jai P. Bhagat, AIR2LAN chairman and CEO. "Not only are Wi-LAN products cost-effective on a dollar-per-megabit-per-hertz basis, they also provide the flexibility we need to maximize our service coverage."

As former CEO and vice chairman of SkyTel Communications, Jai P. Bhagat was instrumental in deploying a worldwide messaging infrastructure. Bhagat now oversees AIR2LAN's deployment of an efficient wireless network to serve businesses, residential communities, apartment complexes, office buildings, and campus environments. Wi-LAN's products will enable AIR2LAN to offer "last mile," high-speed wireless Internet access at a competitive price, creating significant benefits for AIR2LAN's customers. AIR2LAN will service these customers with high-speed wireless broadband Internet access at speeds up to two megabits per second (Mbps), 50 times greater than those of conventional dial-up modems. The network provides the end user with rapid transmission of video, audio and other multimedia files, as well as rapid e-commerce interactions and dramatically decreased web page download times.

About AIR2LAN:
AIR2LAN is a high-speed wireless broadband access provider. The company offers services for end-users to maximize the capabilities of the Internet through an array of fixed-wireless and mobility options. AIR2LAN provides high-speed wireless broadband access by deploying an efficient wireless network to serve businesses, residential communities, apartment complexes, office plazas/buildings, and campus environments. AIR2LAN provides connections up to 50 times faster than standard dial-up modems. This translates into lightening-fast service - up to two Mbps. For more information, please visit the company's website at

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