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Wi-LAN?S RECEIVES $2.1 MILLION ORDER FOR ITS FIXED WIRELESS SYSTEMS

10/18/2004

Systems Will be Used to Transmit Asset Tracking Information to Data Collection Centers

CALGARY, Canada - October 18, 2004 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN), the global provider of market-leading broadband wireless communications products and technologies and the original charter member of the WiMAX Forum(1), today announced receipt of a $2.1 million (US$1.7 million) order for Wi-LAN’s broadband wireless access products from a U.S. systems integrator. The systems will be used to transmit asset tracking information to remote data collection centers. Wi-LAN expects to fill the order over the next eight months.

"This system integrator chose Wi-LAN’s fixed wireless products because of their reliability, performance and compatibility with its asset tagging systems," said Michael Avramidis, Market Development Director, Wi-LAN Inc. "We have always worked hard to satisfy the very high quality standards demanded by this customer and we are committed to continuing to meet their fixed wireless system requirements today and in the long term."

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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