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Wi-LAN AND NETCOM AB DELIVER BROADBAND WIRELESS ACCESS ACROSS EUROPE

02/07/2001


Calgary, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden
February 7, 2001

Wi-LAN (TSE:WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data communications technology and products, announced today it has signed a two year supply agreement with NetCom AB (Nasdaq: NECSA and NECSB) a leading alternative pan-European telecommunications company and the parent company of Tele2. Under terms of the agreement, NetCom AB will purchase Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access systems, based on its patented Wide-band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (W-OFDM) technology, which will be used to build wireless networks initially in Poland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and the Czech Republic. 

"Having Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access systems gives us a critical stepping-stone toward a successful build-out in Europe," said Johnny Svedberg, vice president, NetCom AB. "By using equipment based on Wi-LAN's W-OFDM technology, we will be able to offer our customers a quick deployment and the highest speeds available on the market."

In April 1998, Wi-LAN signed a contract to supply the wireless equipment for a nationwide wireless data network in the United Kingdom. Tele2 (UK) is using the network to offer high-speed Internet access and intranet services to small and medium-sized businesses and small office/home office workers in the 3.6 to 3.9 GHz frequency bands. The wireless network provides faster and less expensive connections than ISDN. Under the new agreement, NetCom AB is directing its efforts to extend the same service to its other European wireless broadband operations in the 3.4 to 3.6 GHz frequency bands.

"This agreement is further validation that momentum is building for high-capacity, high- efficiency, cost-effective service delivered by Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access systems," said Graham Smith, Wi-LAN's chief sales and marketing officer. "We are pleased that NetCom AB has selected Wi-LAN's products, and see this agreement as part of our on going strategy to solidify our presence in the wide area network market around the world."

Using Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access systems, NetCom AB will be able to offer its customers a short deployment period creating a broadband wireless point-to-multipoint system that is scaleable, easily expandable, and cost-effective. Wi-LAN's wireless access systems have a raw data throughput rate of up to 192 megabits per second per cell site. 

About NetCom AB
NetCom, formed in 1993, is a leading alternative pan-European telecommunications company offering fixed and mobile telephony, data network and Internet services under the brands Tele2, Tango, Comviq, Baltkom GSM and Q-GSM to 11 million people in 20 countries. NetCom operates Datametrix, which specializes in systems integration, Optimal Telecom, 3C Communications, operating public pay telephones and public internet services; Transac, providing billing and transaction processing services; C³, offering co-branded pre-paid calling cards and IntelliNet, the price-guaranteed residential router device. The Group also offers cable television services in Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania under the brands Kabelvision, Tele2 and C-Gates, and together with MTG, owns the Internet portal Everyday.com. The Company is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, under NCOMA and NCOMB, and has ADRs listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, under NECSA and NECSB. Visit our homepage http://www.netcom.se. 

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