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Wi-LAN to Acquire Leading Antenna Manufacturer to Bolster Wireless Networking Solutions

06/21/2000


TIL-TEK Brings Expertise to Aid in Roll-out of Wireless Networks

Calgary, Alberta
June 21, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications, today announced that it has agreed to purchase TIL-TEK Antennas Inc., a leading manufacturer of antenna equipment, for its design-specific antenna patents, research programs, facilities and impressive customer base.

TIL-TEK has an impressive list of customers that includes TRT Lucent Technologies, LCC International, TELUS Mobility, SR Telecom, Rogers Wireless, MTS Mobility/Manitoba Telephone Systems, and Waverider Communications Inc. TIL-TEK is a strong supplier in the lucrative PCS/cellular and Wireless Local Loop markets. The acquisition will provide both Wi-LAN and TIL-TEK with increased access to large Canadian and worldwide customers.

"This is a strategic acquisition for Wi-LAN," said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Wi-LAN Chairman and CEO. "With this acquisition, we will be able to provide our customers with integrated solutions. Future I.WiLL customer premise equipment will have the antenna integrated with the unit and base stations will have multiple antennas for sectorization and diversity."

TIL-TEK will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Wi-LAN, and Wi-LAN will gain control of several U.S. and Canadian antenna patents, research programs, a facility including both an office and a an ISO 9001 certified manufacturing plant in Kemptville, Ontario, and a joint venture involving a manufacturing and distribution facility in Brazil. Wi-LAN plans to continue operations out of Kemptville and to begin some antenna activity for its I.WiLL family of products in Calgary.

"We have been doing business with TIL-TEK for approximately three years and have developed a very strong relationship with their management team," said Lee Warren, Business Development Vice President, Wi-LAN Inc. "TIL-TEK has an extremely good reputation with its customers in terms of its overall operations, its customer service, and the strength in its management team. Wi-LAN is committed to maintaining the high standards that have become associated with the TIL-TEK name."

Antennas are a significant component of the wireless network. Having the ability to integrate antennas with the company's products will maximize Wi-LAN's advantage over the competition in network designs. After the acquisition, TIL-TEK will have a larger sales network, a stronger presence in the marketplace and an increased understanding of customer requirements for use in antenna designs. 

"Since 1979, TIL-TEK has focused on creating a positive presence in the worldwide antenna market," said Stephen Tilston, President & CEO of TIL-TEK Limited. "Wi-LAN understands our business and is committed to ensuring a continued level of customer satisfaction. Associating ourselves with an industry leader such as Wi-LAN will provide us with a larger name in the wireless industry and will give us access to a broader customer base."

TIL-TEK's antennas work in frequencies from 800 MHz to 5.8 GHz, with selected products from 300 MHz to 28 Ghz. Further complementing Wi-LAN's patented technologies and products, TIL-TEK's applications include cellular, GSM, PCS, DECT, WLL/WLAN, rural point-to-multipoint systems, radar test targets and Digital Audio Broadcast antennas. 

TIL-TEK will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Wi-LAN. Closing is scheduled for June 29, 2000, and is subject to customary conditions including receipt of all requisite regulatory approvals. The purchase price will be satisfied by issuing approximately 582,217 Wi-LAN shares. 

About TIL-TEK Antennas Inc.:
For over 20 years, TIL-TEK has been a leader in the design and manufacture of cost-effective, high-quality antenna products. The company, established in 1979 to provide research and development in new antenna technologies for both government and industry, has become a leader in providing global customers with products and services that meet and exceed their specific requirements, at an affordable price. With manufacturing facilities in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and representation worldwide, TIL-TEK has supplied antennas in over 80 countries for a variety of major wireless projects.

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