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Tulip Purchases Wi-LAN Products for Internet Kiosks in Kerala State, India

CALGARY, Canada and NEW DELHI, India - May 11, 2004 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN), a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, and Tulip IT Services (Tulip), one of India's leading integrated IT solutions providers, announced today the deployment of Wi-LAN's broadband wireless products in the state of Kerala, India to service Internet kiosks. The Internet kiosks, called Akshaya Centres, are being provided by the Kerala State IT Mission Department (KSITM). The initial $100,000 order is for the Mallapuram district, and the entire infrastructure installation for this district is expected to be in place by May 30. Demand for applications such as Internet browsing, voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) and videoconferencing is expected from various government offices and private businesses, resulting in the provision of additional services. As well, Tulip has signed a letter of intent with KSITM to provide the same service to four additional districts. In total, there are 14 districts in Kerala and it is the intent of KSITM to set up these training centers in all of them.

"Wi-LAN's patented VINE technology, found in the VIP 110-24's provides the backbone infrastructure for this network. The decision to provide a completely wireless solution was dictated by the Mallapuram district's rugged terrain. Other options could have been leased lines or cable or fibre - all of which would have involved digging and would have been more difficult as well as more expensive to roll out," said Col. H.S. Bedi, Managing Director of Tulip IT Services.

"The KSITM Project supports the government efforts of 100% e-literacy within the State" said Terry Wason, Regional Sales Manager, India and Southeast Asia, Wi-LAN Inc. "KSITM provides another example of why fixed wireless access networks are becoming very popular in India, and we look forward to supplying Tulip with additional product to meet the burgeoning demand for high speed wireless access in India. We are expecting to deploy similar systems in three more states in India."

"The Indian government's telecom objectives are to add millions of lines over the next 5 years to address India's low teledensity of 2 lines per 100 inhabitants. This contract and our recent follow-on order in the Gujarat State underscore the exciting business opportunities for Wi-LAN on the Indian sub-continent" said Nico Roelofsen, Vice President, Global Sales, Wi-LAN Inc. "Wi-LAN's patented VINE technology and its outdoor form factor and robustness have made our VIP 110-24 product the best option for networks covering large areas with a relatively small number of sites. The network planners don't have to plot all of their remotes on day one, and they often use the VINE feature of the VIP 110-24 to provide connectivity to those remote offices which are too far from the base station. Even if they do not have a Line-of-Sight with the base station, they are brought into the network through any other nearby remote which is within Line-of-Sight."

Wi-LAN's patented anypoint-to-multipoint VINE (Versatile Intelligent Network Environment) technology, built into the VIP 110-24 product, permits the implementation of long distance, medium subscriber density broadband Internet access networks a node-at-a-time. VINE networks deal with Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) limitations in a cost-effective manner by using established network nodes as repeaters and routers for other nodes that either do not have Line-of-Sight or are too distant to have direct connectivity to the Internet node. VINE networks thus can have significantly lower implementation costs than conventional cell based networks, particularly when covering large sparsely populated areas.

Available in license-exempt and licensed frequency bands, Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access products are certified for deployment in most countries worldwide. Wi-LAN products are designed for commercial outdoor broadband wireless networks and are ideal for high-density non-line-of-sight (NLOS) point-to-multipoint configurations, medium-density ad-hoc networks, and long-distance point-to-point backhaul applications.

Customers who deploy Wi-LAN's LIBRA product line are protected by Wi-LAN's Continuity Program tm . The core of the Continuity Program is Wi-LAN's commitment that any current LIBRA Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) will operate side by side, in the same network, the same cell and even the same sector with future WiMAX Certified CPE's. The Continuity Program will minimize network and revenue disruption and protect customers' investment in current technology when networks are transitioned to WiMAX compliant equipment. The Continuity Program offers Wi-LAN customers a solid migration path to Wi-LAN's Wi-MAX Certified systems, which are expected to be available in the first half of 2005.

About Tulip IT Services

Tulip is involved in the design, implementation and maintenance of wireless networks. Founded in 1992, the Company has demonstrated consistent revenue and profitability since inception. The company currently employs over 450 staff through a multi-branch operation in India. Tulip is Cisco's largest reseller and previous-ly has received Cisco's Premium Partner of the Year - India Award. Tulip has undertaken projects such as:

  • A countrywide network for Tata Finance, connecting over 60 branches;
  • Connectivity for all the branches of Bank Punjab; including radio based set-ups for connecting ATMs in a point-to-multi-point network;
  • WAN for Delhi Stock Exchange;
  • Creation of a countrywide network for Pharmacia Corporation;
  • Connectivity for major branches of HDFC Bank based on radio and Cisco routers; and
  • Connectivity solutions for Arthur Andersen.


About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, offering businesses, including telecom service providers, and government enterprises effective, economic and secure wireless high-speed communications solutions. Wi-LAN specializes in high-speed Internet access, data network extension, and wireless data and telephony backhaul, utilizing its high quality products and industry-leading technologies. Wi-LAN believes its W-OFDM patents are necessary for the implementation of devices using the IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN Standard (1) and the ETSI BRAN HiperMAN (1) standard (the WiMAX Forum (1) standards), the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation WiFi Alliance (1) standards), and the ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2 (1) standard . 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 ( ) and an active member of the WiMAX Forum ( ). Wi-LAN's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at .

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For more information please contact:

Wi-LAN Inc.
Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Ken Wetherell
Ph: (403) 207-6329

Tulip IT Services
Managing Director
Col HS Bedi
Tel: +91-11-2464-8001


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Wi-LAN Inc.
Sales - India and Southeast Asia
Terry Wason
Ph: +91-172-271-908
Fax: +91-172-270-969

Wi-LAN Inc.
Global Sales
Ph: (403) 273-9133
Toll-free: (800) 258-6876
Fax: (403) 273-5100

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