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Wi-LAN Acquisition of U.S. Fixed Wireless Access Equipment Supplier Completed

04/11/2001


Calgary, Canada and Santa Barbara, California
April 11, 2001

Closed Deal With UC Wireless Enhances Wi-LAN's Overall Growth Strategy

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data communications technology and products, today announced that it has completed the transaction to purchase UC Wireless. UC Wireless, a privately-held fixed wireless access equipment supplier, will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wi-LAN.

This acquisition provides both Wi-LAN and UC Wireless increased reach and access to large worldwide customers which is key to the overall growth strategy. In addition, Wi-LAN will gain control of UC Wireless' established portfolio of wireless WAN productsthat are complementary to Wi-LAN's product lines as well as significant resources in the areas of DSP, software and RF engineering. Wi-LAN plans to continue UC Wireless' operations out of Santa Barbara, California.

Wi-LAN will also gain access to UC Wireless' proprietary Versatile Intelligent Network Environment (VINE) technology and their expertise in anypoint-to-multipoint network architectures, which are used to solve non-line-of-sight (NLOS) challenges.

"We welcome the UC Wireless to the team. This acquisition adds good synergy across the company," said Bill Hews, Wi-LAN President. "We look forward to the additional momentum that Hank Macchio, President and CEO of UC Wireless, and his team will generate."

Wi-LAN acquired all of UC Wireless' assets in exchange for approximately 1.7 million shares of Wi-LAN common stock. 

About Wi-LAN 
Wi-LAN, based in Calgary, Canada, is an innovator in the field of high-speed wireless data communications, specializing in high-speed Internet access, LAN/WAN extension and broadband wireless access. Wi-LAN is the Chair Company of the OFDM Forum (www.ofdm-forum.com). Wi-LAN's believes its W-OFDM patent is necessary for the implementation of devices using the IEEE 802.11a or ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2 standards. Wi-LAN's products have been sold in more than 50 countries on six continents. Wi-LAN's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at http://www.wi-lan.com.

About UC Wireless
UC Wireless designs, manufactures, integrates and markets broadband wireless Internet access and data transmission network products. The company's core competency is direct sequence spread spectrum communications, and its products operate in the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz license-exempt frequency bands. UC Wireless's proprietary Versatile Intelligent Network Environment (VINE) technology permits the implementation of long distance, medium subscriber density broadband Internet access networks a node-at-a-time. VINE networks have significantly lower costs than conventional cell-based networks. Detailed information on UC Wireless can be found at http://www.ucwireless.com 

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