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WELLINK AND Wi-LAN COLLABORATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF BROADBAND MOBILE WIRELESS INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS PRODUCTS

04/01/2003

 

South Korea's Wellink Partners with Wi-LAN to Develop W-OFDM Systems for Transportation Applications

CALGARY, Canada and SEOUL, South Korea - April 1, 2003 - Wellink, a leading provider of high-speed telecommunication systems, and Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, announced today an agreement to collaborate to develop mobile wireless products based on Wi-LAN's patented W-OFDM (Wide-band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology. These mobile wireless systems are initially intended for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) field trials in the Asia-Pacific region. ITS applications may include real-time video security, advertising and Internet. Wellink and Wi-LAN also intend to pursue other business opportunities related to the development and use of W-OFDM based products.

"We chose Wi-LAN as our partner in this technology development project because we believe they have the best broadband OFDM implementation expertise in the world", said Dr. Hyun Chul Nam, Chief Executive Officer of Wellink. "We are not aware of anyone that can touch the mobile broadband non-line-of-sight capabilities of Wi-LAN's commercial W-OFDM based products. With Wi-LAN's help we expect to be first to market with broadband mobile wireless systems for ITS applications."

"Wi-LAN is pleased to be chosen as a partner by such an established player in the South Korean high-speed telecommunication systems market," said Dr. Sayed-Amr El-Hamamsy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Wi-LAN. "Wellink and Wi-LAN together make an unbeatable team for development of mobile wireless W-OFDM based products for ITS applications. Wi-LAN brings to the partnership its commercialized industry-leading W-OFDM broadband wireless technology. Wellink brings an 11-year track record of telecommunications technology innovation and development, a solid reputation and broad customer base in the Asia-Pacific region, and the capital required to fund incremental research and development of the products to meet ITS applications requirements."

About Wellink
Established in 1992, Wellink has developed leading technology that meets the needs of broadband data communications in the rapidly growing Korean market. The power of Wellink's cutting-edge technology has put it at the forefront of the information and communications infrastructure and network solutions fields. Wellink's primary clients are major telecom companies and Internet service providers including Korea Telecom, Hanaro Telecom and DACOM. In addition to its headquarters in Seoul and its R&D centre and factory in Bundang Technopark, Korea, Wellink has international marketing offices in the United States (Los Angeles), Brazil and Thailand. Detailed information can be found at www.wellink.co.kr.

About Wi-LAN Inc.
Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, specializing in products for Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMAN) supporting both broadband data and voice. Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access products are known worldwide for their high quality and industry-leading technology. 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 as well as the current drafts of the IEEE802.16a and ETSI BRAN HiperMAN proposed standards. Wi-LAN licenses its W-OFDM technology and has executed non-exclusive W-OFDM license agreements with semiconductor companies. Wi-LAN is the Chair Company of the OFDM Forum (www.ofdm-forum.com). 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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