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Wi-LAN Showcases Carrier-Class Broadband Wireless Access System


Wi-LAN BWS Series 2000 Uses Company's Patented W-OFDM Technology

San Francisco, California
February 19, 2001

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications, today at Broadband World Wireless Forum (BWWF) (Wi-LAN booth no.19) began point-to-multipoint demonstrations of the new 
Wi-LAN BWS Series 2000 broadband wireless access system operating in the 2.5 GHz frequency band. 

"At our demonstration, carriers are able to see first hand an innovative system that meets the scalability requirements of a growing service provider," said Graham Smith, Wi-LAN chief sales and marketing officer. "Satisfied customers in Europe and North America have already seen results in trials of the Wi-LAN broadband wireless access systems, and we are eager to show participants at BWWF the rewards of our Wi-LAN BWS Series 2000." 

Wi-LAN broadband wireless access systems offer the ease of deployment, and the quick market entry of wireless access, in a package that offers greater capacity, competing with the cost and installation of current wired alternatives. Available for use in the licensed 2.5 GHz (MCS and MMDS) and 3.5 GHz frequency bands, the system's flexible architecture easily allows the addition of other frequencies.

Wi-LAN's system includes access points and customer premises equipment (CPE) remotes and can be used in broadband access applications alone, or in combination with wired alternatives. Operating at 32 megabits per second, Wi-LAN broadband wireless access systems feature low cost, easy to install CPE and offers an eave-height antenna unit that can be easily installed by a field technician or by the customers themselves. 

These systems feature Wi-LAN's patented Wide-band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (W-OFDM) technology, which enhances multi-path capabilities for superior signal reception. As a result, the customer doesn't always need to "see" the base station, making installation far easier than current wireless alternatives. Wi-LAN's increased coverage and easier customer access will make broadband wireless access as commonplace as DSL, or cable.

Using a cellular network design, Wi-LAN's solution can easily serve a growing customer base. Network cells can be expanded quickly, and cost effectively. By starting small and expanding, service providers experience early profits. Software upgradeable features such as QoS, VoIP, video services, and differentiated customer access can be added, as the market requires. Future access point hardware will be compatible with today's CPE, keeping the system up to date. 

The Wi-LAN BWS Series 3000 broadband wireless access system will be available in August 2001 and the Wi-LAN BWS Series 2000 broadband wireless access system will be available in September 2001.

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