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Wi-LAN Signs New Distribution Agreement With Wireless Matrix of Sweden to Expand Wireless Internet Access Rollout in Europe


Agreement Focuses Deployment and Product Sales to Deliver Volumes in Shorter Time Period

Calgary, Alberta and Stockholm, Sweden
March 8, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator in the field of high-speed wireless data communications, announced today a new agreement to expand its broadband wireless Internet access into Europe. This announcement comes on the heels of another contract agreement, also announced today, with a Swedish wireless Internet access provider, forecasted at U.S. $16 Million. Wi-LAN signed a one-year distribution agreement with Wireless Matrix AB ("Wireless Matrix"), a Swedish distributor of wireless data communications products, agreeing to purchase a minimum of US $12 Million worth of Wi-LAN product in 2000, having already signed its first agreement for US $6 million.

"We are excited to have Wireless Matrix as a major distributor in Europe," says Bill Hews, Wi-LAN president and COO. "The two agreements we announced today position us to deliver the volumes targeted in the earlier Telia agreement, through tighter focus on deployment and product sales in Europe by the two groups." 

The US $12 Million, one-year distribution agreement appoints Wireless Matrix as a distributor of Wi-LAN's wireless communication products in selected European countries. The term of this agreement may be extended for a further period of time without any break in continuity.

"We are excited to be distributing Wi-LAN's product in Europe," says Hans Johansson, Wireless Matrix President. "We have brought momentum into the company with our impressive first contract and have the business plan to keep the ball rolling."

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