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Wi-LAN Signs $6 Million Supply Agreement with WDSL to Help Company Expand Its Network Reach


Wi-LAN Broadband Wireless Access Products Help Canadian Wireless Network Provider Expand into the Greater Toronto Area

Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario
October 18, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications, today announced a three-year $6 million supply agreement with Toronto-based WDSL Inc., a developer of wireless networking solutions for the business-to-business (B2B) marketplace. Under terms of the agreement, WDSL will use Wi-LAN broadband wireless access equipment to improve its existing high-speed network architecture, and to help expand its network reach. 

"Our relationship with Wi-LAN provides WDSL with high-capacity solutions for consolidating our points of presence throughout the Greater Toronto Area and in serving our larger corporate clients," said Chris Maxwell, WDSL vice president of technology. "Our expansion validates that our network architecture is the right solution for B2B customers and we believe using Wi-LAN's equipment is a good investment, given that Wi-LAN products are stable and proven." 

WDSL is using Wi-LAN's products to expand its wireless network reach from the Niagara Corridor to the Greater Toronto Area. Under terms of the agreement, Wi-LAN will initially supply WDSL with its 12- megabit-per-second (Mbps) Hopper Plus (tm) wireless Ethernet bridges. WDSL also will incorporate products from Wi-LAN's I.WiLL(tm) product line, which uses Wi-LAN's patented Wideband-Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (W-OFDM) technology.

"WDSL has a strong business plan and is moving quickly to address a market need in the lucrative Greater Toronto Area," said Bill Hews, president and COO of Wi-LAN. "WDSL's selection of Wi-LAN's high-speed solutions is further validation that our products meet the needs of a progressive enterprise focused on deploying a reliable, cost-effective network." 

About Wi-LAN Inc.:
Wi-LAN, based in Calgary, Alberta, is an innovator in the field of high-speed wireless data communications, specializing in high-speed Internet access, LAN/WAN extension and broadband wireless access. Wi-LAN is the Chair Company of the OFDM Forum ( Wi-LAN's W-OFDM patent is necessary for the implementation of devices using the IEEE 802.11a or ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2 standards. Wi-LAN's products have been sold in more than 50 countries on six continents. Wi-LAN's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at

About WDSL Inc.:
WDSL Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manor Group of companies., and are private brand products developed and owned by the Manor Group Inc. WDSL Inc. develops wireless networking solutions for the business-to-business marketplace. The company is currently providing secure B2B network solutions in the Golden Horseshoe (South-central Ontario, Canada) marketplace. WDSL Inc. is committed to expanding its current base of client services to include unique roaming broadband network access. 

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