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Wi-LAN's Broadband Wireless Access System is First OFDM-based Product Certified to European Standards For use in 3 GHz Frequency Band


Certification Boosts Competitive Advantage in Important Licensed Global Market

Calgary, Canada
April 25, 2001

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data communications technology and products, today announced that its new BWS Series 3000 broadband wireless access system, built with Wi-LAN's patented Wide-band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (W-OFDM) technology, has been certified to European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) requirements for use in the 3 GHz frequency band. 

This certification paves the way for deployment in Europe and other global markets that follow ETSI standards.

"We are fulfilling our plan to deliver broadband wireless access products for customers who hold licensed spectrum in the 3 GHz frequency band," said Dr. Sayed-Amr El-Hamamsy, Chief Operating Officer for Wi-LAN. "Having the first OFDM-based product certified to ETSI standards for use in this band is a significant industry milestone and underscores Wi-LAN's leadership position in the broadband wireless access market."

Tele2 (UK), a wireless network operator providing high-speed wireless Internet access to small and medium-sized enterprises as well as residential customers throughout the United Kingdom, plans to use Wi-LAN's BWS Series 3000 in its wireless network in the 3.6 GHz to 4.0 GHz band. 

"Our company is extremely pleased that it will soon be able to take advantage of Wi-LAN's W-OFDM-based products, which we expect to feature prominently as we roll out our networks," said Mike Boyd, COO, Tele2 (UK). "We have given firm commitments to deploy Wi-LAN in our current phase of network expansion during the next quarter."

Wi-LAN's BWS Series 3000 broadband wireless access system is ideal for carrier-class service providers looking to offer high-speed wireless Internet access or implement back-haul solutions. As well, service providers can use supporting point-to-multipoint applications to extend communications infrastructures. W-OFDM technology enhances multi-path capabilities for superior signal reception and data throughput.

Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access systems offer ease of deployment and quick market entry of wireless access, in a package that offers greater capacity, competing with the cost and installation of current wire-line alternatives. With products available for use in the licensed and unlicensed frequency bands, the system supports flexible network architectures with the ability to have multiple frequencies deployed. 

Based in France, ETSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to produce European telecommunications standards. 

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