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Wi-LAN and AIR2LAN Partner to Complete U.S. Wireless Network


Strategic Relationship Facilitates AIR2LAN's National Rollout

Calgary, Alberta and Jackson, Mississippi
October 10, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications, today announced a three-year supply agreement with AIR2LAN Inc., a high-speed broadband Internet Service Provider. Under the terms of the agreement, Wi-LAN will supply the foundation for a nationwide broadband network. The total value is projected to be $13.5 million U.S. over three years. 

"Having Wi-LAN as a products and solutions provider for AIR2LAN gives us a critical stepping stone on the path toward a successful national rollout," said Jai Bhagat, chairman and CEO of AIR2LAN. "After we evaluated many wireless broadband access solutions, we decided to ramp up with Wi-LAN's advanced technology. Combined with AIR2LAN's services, vision and expertise, this will enable us to quickly build a reliable nationwide network." 

Under the terms of the agreement, Wi-LAN will provide AIR2LAN with products, technology and training. The relationship also includes market trial support and engineering and network design. 

In May, AIR2LAN launched its high-speed Internet access service in Jackson, Miss., using Wi-LAN's Hopper Plus (tm) 45-24 wireless 
Ethernet bridges. In August, AIR2LAN agreed to purchase approximately $1 million U.S. of Wi-LAN products to the end of this calendar year for further network expansion and subscriber equipment. AIR2LAN is now directing its efforts in 60 markets nationwide beginning with the cities of Houston, San Antonio and Austin. This agreement is the cornerstone for AIR2LAN's implementation plans to build a high-speed wireless network across the United States. 

"This agreement highlights the fit of Wi-LAN's strategy with AIR2LAN's aggressive network plans," said Bill Hews, president and COO of Wi-LAN. "We are now able to work with AIR2LAN's seasoned and visionary management team as one of our lead strategic partners in the US market to implement a cost-effective, wireless broadband solution with quick rollout capability. AIR2LAN's national rollout will further advance Wi-LAN's technology in the U.S. marketplace."    

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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