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Wi-LAN Wins Prestigious Wireless Industry Award


Wireless Communications Association International Honours Wi-LAN for the Northern Lights School Division Wireless Network

San Jose, California
January 18, 2001

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications, is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded a Wireless Communications Association (WCA) International "Wemmie" in the "Most Effective Educational Program" category for the Northern Lights School Division network in Northern Alberta. 

"We are thrilled to receive this award and thank the selection committee for this honour," said Hatim Zaghloul, Wi-LAN chairman and CEO. "I believe the Northern Lights School Division network is the largest wireless education system in the world, and is just one example of Wi-LAN's expertise in the field of broadband wireless communications. We are very proud that our contribution to this network will benefit students for many years to come." 

The award recognizes those who provide the most advanced technologies and/or the best broadband service to underserved communities, including schools, colleges and remote rural areas. The WCA jury of leading operators and diversified engineering consulting companies decided on award-winners in 16 different categories. 

"Wi-LAN's wireless network has been a valuable addition to our School Division," said Gary Krawchuk, Secretary-Treasurer Northern Lights School Division No. 69. "Wi-LAN's Hopper Plus(tm) wireless Ethernet bridges are a cost-effective solution to providing high-speed Internet access. The Northern Lights wide area network has proven that remote rural school districts can provide fast, reliable Internet access putting students on par with their counterparts in major cities." 

The Northern Lights School Division, located in northern Alberta, Canada approximately 240 kilometers (144 miles) north east of Edmonton, covers a 14,798 square kilometer area (5,714 square miles), twice the size of the Grand Canyon. The system comprises over 60 Wi-LAN Hopper Plus units at more than 40 sites. In total, 6,700 students from kindergarten to grade 12, as well as 800 dedicated teachers, support staff and contractors, are benefiting from the system.  

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