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Wi-LAN LAUNCHES NEW T1/E1 SOLUTIONS

07/31/2002

 

Products Convert Voice Channels to Internet Protocol, Facilitating Entry Into Traditional Circuit-Switched Networks

CALGARY, Canada - July 31, 2002 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, today launched its Wireless T1/E1 Solutions which convert voice channels into Internet Protocol (IP) for transmission of voice messages over Wi-LAN's fixed wireless access systems. The Wireless T1/E1 Solutions, developed to provide Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) alternatives allow transmission of up to 30 voice channels over license-exempt frequency bands to provide a robust, reliable and cost-effective approach to traditional leased T1 or E1 lines.

"The Wireless T1/E1 Solutions facilitate Wi-LAN's entry into a whole new market segment," said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Chairman, President and CEO, Wi-LAN Inc. "Many existing customers told us they wanted to use some of their wireless capacity to transmit voice traffic, so we have delivered on their requests. Also, many enterprises and service providers that require voice transmission capacity can now purchase Wi-LAN's cost-effective products as an alternative to expensive leased T1 or E1 lines."

The core of Wi-Lan's Wireless T1/E1 Solutions is the AWE, VIP and Ultima3 Radios paired with the TEmux T1/E1 multiplexer. They provide easy connectivity to existing T1/E1 networks to deliver broadband wireless voice capability with a range of up to 75 kilometers. SNMP support simplifies the day-to-day management of these T1/E1 Solutions. They are also available with an additional 10BaseT Ethernet port, allowing additional system capacity to be used for data transmission.

Wi-LAN has delivered state-of-the-art FWA products since 1992. AWE, VIP and Ultima3 series products provide exceptional performance for IP connectivity. Their high reliability makes them ideal for critical applications. The addition of a TEmux harnesses the power of the radios to transmit T1/E1 channels over license-exempt frequencies. Using Wi-LAN's Wireless T1/E1 Solutions with Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access products, network operators can enjoy high quality, high capacity service over long distances with enhanced reliability.

About Related Wi-LAN Products
Wi-LAN's AWE (Advanced Wireless Ethernet) bridges, including the Ultima3 series products, are designed for broadband wireless access service providers looking to offer high-speed Internet access in the license-exempt 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies. The products can also be used by corporate enterprises to build and extend communications infrastructures. The products support point-to-multipoint, point-to-point, and backhaul applications. The Ultima3 and AWE 120-24 products feature Wi-LAN's patented MC-DSSS (Multi-Code - Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) technology, which is designed to support constant service over distance through increased data rates, enhanced reliability and cost-effective performance. MC-DSSS technology also improves security due to built-in data scrambling that prevents unwanted eavesdropping. Wi-LAN's AWE bridges are designed to be simple to use, install and manage. Enhanced scalability allows a service provider to add new customers.

The VIP (VINE Internet Protocol) 110-24 product incorporates Wi-LAN's patent-pending anypoint-to-multipoint VINE technology, which permits the implementation of long distance, medium subscriber density broadband Internet access networks a node-at-a-time. The VIP 110-24 is easy to install, operates over long distances, and provides economic performance and capacity in the license-exempt 2.4 GHz frequency band.

Wi-LAN's TIL-TEK Antennas division provides a complete line of base station and remote antennas in frequencies from 800 MHz to 5.8 GHz, with selected products from 300 MHz to 28 GHz. Applications include cellular, GSM, PCS, DECT, WLL/WLAN and rural point-to-multipoint systems as well as special applications such as radar test targets and Digital Audio Broadcast antennas. 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.

About Wi-LAN Inc.
Wi-LAN is a global innovator in the field of high-speed wireless data communications, specializing in high-speed Internet access, LAN/WAN extension and broadband wireless access. Wi-LAN is the Chair Company of the OFDM Forum (www.ofdm-forum.com). Wi-LAN believes its W-OFDM patent is necessary for the implementation of devices using the IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g or ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2 standards. Wi-LAN's products are known worldwide for their high quality and industry-leading technology. Wi-LAN's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at www.wilan.com.

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