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Wi-LAN OFFERS 2-YEAR WORLDWIDE WARRANTY ON ALL OF ITS BEST-SELLING BROADBAND FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS PRODUCTS

07/29/2004

 

CALGARY, Canada - July 29, 2004 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX: WIN), a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, today announced Wi-LAN's best-selling broadband wireless access products include a two-year worldwide warranty. Wi-LAN has taken this industry-leading step based on the success of its Extended Warranty Promotion and Wi-LAN's confidence in its superior products and technologies. Wi-LAN's confidence stems from 10 years of building commercial products for the broadband wireless access market.

"Wi-LAN has been providing engineering services to help our customers and product resellers plan and install wireless networks since it sold its first wireless modems in 1995," said Jonathan Kinghorn, Manager Applications Engineering, Wi-LAN Inc. " My team provides preliminary engineering services, such as system design and maintenance planning, as well as consulting and on-site service and training. Our job is to make sure that Wi-LAN's customers are satisfied with our equipment. Quality pre-sales and post-sales customer support helps to reduce product returns, and provides Wi-LAN with great customer feedback that enables us to design products that meet or exceed customer requirements for features, flexibility and reliability."

"I have used products from many of the leading wireless vendors," said Sami Orasaari, Radio Network Specialist, Digita Networks, Finland. "If I need a mission critical link I know I can trust Wi-LAN products. Now, with Wi-LAN's newly extended warranty period, I have additional peace of mind when installing Wi-LAN's product lines."

"Initially we decided to try an extended warranty as a short term sales promotion. Our customers told us that the units that we sold them 10 years ago were still out there working away, and that our products were very reliable," said Nico Roelofsen, Vice President Global Sales, Wi-LAN Inc. "Our commitment to quality and the success of the extended warranty program has encouraged us to make it a permanent feature for our customers. Only Wi-LAN provides an industry leading 2-year warranty as a standard feature on all of its best-selling broadband wireless access products."

Wi-LAN's Ultima3, VIP and LIBRA product series now include an all-inclusive 2-year parts and labour warranty. As well, customers who deploy Wi-LAN's LIBRA product line are protected by Wi-LAN's CONTINUITY PROGRAMTM. 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 Certified 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 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 * and the ETSI BRAN HiperMAN* standard (the WiMAX* standards), the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation Wi-Fi* standards), and the ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2* 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 (www.ofdm-forum.com) and an active member of the WiMAX* Forum (www.wimaxforum.org). 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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For more information please contact:

Wi-LAN Inc.
Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Ken Wetherell
Ph: (403) 207-6329
E-mail: kwetherell@wi-lan.com

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