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Wi-LAN Increases Broadband Wireless Access Foothold In China


Certification in the License-Exempt 5.8 GHz ISM Frequency Band Advances Company’s Expansion Plans for the Chinese Market

Calgary, Canada
July 4, 2001

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data communications technology and products, announced today that the Wi-LAN AWE 120-58, a 12-megabit-per-second advanced wireless Ethernet bridge, has been approved for use in the 5.8 GHz ISM Frequency band in China by the State Regulatory Radio Commission (SRRC), the agency that regulates spectrum allocation licensing in that country. With this certification also comes the appointment of Kia Khin Chong in the position as Sales Director for Asia-Pacific.

"With China’s growing need for high-speed Internet access, Wi-LAN offers superior broadband wireless access solutions to meet these requirements," said Lok Chow, president Wincomm Communications Inc., Wi-LAN's Gold Certified Channel Partner in China. "With advanced signal reception and high data throughput, the Wi-LAN AWE 120-58 advanced wireless Ethernet bridge is the best solution for all our wireless data communications."

Wi-LAN's products are ideal for Internet service providers and state enterprises looking to implement high-speed wireless data communications or install point-to-point, point-to-multipoint or backhaul solutions. The Wi-LAN AWE 120-58 can also be used by enterprises to extend communications infrastructures. Through Wincomm Communications, Wi-LAN's AWE 120-58 advanced wireless Ethernet bridge has been used to build wireless communications infrastructures.

"This certification in China is yet another milestone for Wi-LAN as it increases its reach and penetration in the Asian market," said Graham Smith, Wi-LAN's chief sales and marketing officer. "This foray into the Chinese market represents a tremendous opportunity for us as we look to solidify our position as a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high-quality products, solutions and services for the telecommunications industry."

With this expansion into the Asian market, Wi-LAN is also proud to announce the appointment of Kia Khin Chong as Sales Director, Asia-Pacific. Mr. Chong has 18 years of experience in regional business development and marketing management. Most recently, Mr. Chong has served at such prestigious corporations as 3Com, Compaq, InteCom and Singapore Airlines.

Based in Singapore, Mr. Chong will be responsible for growing Wi-LAN’s business in Asia including the promotion of existing products and services. Mr. Chong holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, a Masters of Business Administration and is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese and Cantonese.

About Wincomm Communications Inc.
Wincomm Communications Inc., with its head office in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a formal representative office in Beijing, a branch office in Shenzhen, and a liaison office in Hong Kong provides technologically advanced and cost effective solutions to the Chinese telecom industry. Wincomm develops sales and marketing networks for selected telecom products, it provides system integration, end-to-end sales support and training, product assembly and licensed manufacturing. Incorporated in 1994, Wincomm has established a sales network for Wi-LAN's broadband wireless product in China. Wincomm's website can be found at http:/

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