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Wi-LAN Signs OEM Agreement with Symbol Technologies


Calgary, Canada
April 4, 2001

Wi-LAN Inc., (TSE: WIN) an innovator of high speed wireless data communications, today announced signing an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Symbol Technologies, Inc (NYSE: SBL), the leader in wireless and mobile data transactions and systems. 

Under the terms of agreement, Wi-LAN will provide Wi-LAN (AWE) advanced wireless Ethernet bridges and TIL-TEK antenna systems to Symbol over the next three years. Wi-LAN's products will be used to complement Symbol's wireless LAN and POS product offerings for several growth market segments including retail, healthcare, education, manufacturing and government. Additional Wi-LAN products may be added to this agreement as they become available. 

"We are very pleased to include Symbol as a key partner in our growing list of alliances worldwide," says Graham Smith, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Wi-LAN. "Together we will offer innovative solutions for enterprise customers in key vertical markets, delivering value that stimulates even greater demand for high-speed wireless networking."

This agreement will be rolled out on an accelerated three-year basis. The relationship will pave the way for Wi-LAN's overall product distribution strategy by accessing one of the world's primary manufacturers of wireless systems products. 

"This agreement was a win-win situation because we were looking for a wireless product manufacturer who could provide our company with products that complement our current indoor and outdoor wireless mobile computing and wireless LAN solutions," said Chuck Hudson, Vice President, Wireless Product Marketing, Symbol Technologies, Inc. "Wi-LAN's products have excellent data throughput and will fulfill the needs of our customers." 

Available in the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz unlicensed frequency bands and capable of supporting point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and backhaul applications, Wi-LAN advanced wireless Ethernet bridges are used by corporate enterprises for high-speed building-to-building, LAN-to-LAN network connectivity. 

Symbol Technologies is a global leader in wireless and Internet-based mobile data transaction systems and services. Symbol provides its customers unique value with innovative solutions utilizing application-specific information appliances, data and voice wireless networks, and bar code and data capture scanning. Symbol and its global network of business partners provide LAN and WAN mobility solutions from the enterprise to e-commerce for industries including retail, transportation and distribution logistics, manufacturing, parcel and postal delivery, healthcare, education, and hospitality. Symbol's broad range of information appliances is in use by business and consumers from the factory, to the office, to the home.

About TIL-TEK Antennas:
TIL-TEK, a division of Wi-LAN, has been a leader in the design and manufacture of cost-effective, high-quality antenna products. The company, established in 1979 to provide research and development in new antenna technologies for both government and industry, has become a leader in providing global customers with products and services that meet and exceed their specific requirements, at an affordable price. With manufacturing facilities in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and representation worldwide, TIL-TEK has supplied antennas in over 80 countries for a variety of major wireless projects. More information about TIL-TEK can be found at 

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