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Wi-LAN WINS CALGARY EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

03/12/2004

Wi-LAN WINS CALGARY EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Award Granted for Use of Collaborative Partnerships to Grow Sales in China

CALGARY, Canada - March 12, 2004 -Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN), a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, was presented with the 2003 Calgary Export Achievement Award for Collaborative Partnerships by the Calgary Economic Development Authority at a gala event yesterday evening at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. The awards recognize Calgary companies that have applied strategy and creativity to their vision to successfully market their products and services globally and achieve outstanding success in international markets. Wi-LAN’s award was granted in recognition of the company’s successful collaboration with Chinese partners to penetrate the rapidly growing broadband wireless equipment market in China.

"Wi-LAN would like to thank the Calgary Economic Development Authority for this high profile award," said Ramesh Uppal, Vice President Marketing, Wi-LAN Inc. "We greatly appreciate this recognition of our contribution to the vibrant Calgary economy. Calgary is one of the best places in the world to locate a high technology business, with a highly educated and motivated workforce and an economic environment that is very supportive of technological innovation."

Wi-LAN exports its broadband wireless equipment to over 60 countries in North America, Latin America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific regions. Over 80% of Wi-LAN’s 2003 sales of $26.8 million were exports and China is one of Wi-LAN’s largest export markets, second only to the United States. Wi-LAN has grown its sales to China by collaborating with local Chinese partners on sales and marketing, final product assembly, product application engineering and post-sales service.

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 Forum* standards), the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation WiFi Alliance* 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.

* All trademarks and brands mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.


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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