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Wi-LAN Defies Broadband Market Trend By Demonstrating Sales Growth


Wi-LAN Expects Q3 Broadband Sales To Be Greater Than 125% of Q2 Sales

Calgary, Canada
July 5, 2001

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data and Internet communications, today announced it has increased its third quarter broadband wireless revenue guidance from between $6 million and $9 million, announced in May 2001, to between $7 million and $9 million. Unaudited broadband wireless sales totalled $5.2 million in the first two months of the third quarter.

"We felt compelled to share this exciting news with our stakeholders, given the recent negative announcements made by a number of our peers," says Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Wi-LAN Chairman and CEO. "These trend-defying early successes of our new sales and marketing organization, combined with our yet untapped potential of W-OFDM and the BWS product family, and proven prudent fiscal management clearly differentiate Wi-LAN from other fixed wireless access players."

Wi-LAN’s market strategy is focussed on three areas. First, Wi-LAN is maximizing the indirect channels in order to better approach distributors, system integrators, and value added resellers of broadband wireless access equipment to address enterprises and smaller service providers. Second, the company is growing its direct channel in order to approach service providers (CLECs, ILECs, ISPs) currently building broadband wireless access networks. And third, Wi-LAN is seeking out OEM’s and large scale service integrators in order to source leading broadband wireless opportunities which address large bids for bundled services.

The current difficult capital market environment, which Wi-LAN expects to last well into 2002, provides both challenges and opportunities. Challenges include reduced spending by telecom carriers and ensuring that the company operates within available cash and liquid asset resources. Opportunities include consolidation of the players in the fixed wireless access market and accelerated decisions from enterprise customers to deploy cost-saving wireless solutions. Wi-LAN is actively implementing strategies to address these challenges and opportunities.

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