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Wi-LAN Agrees To Sell Head Office Building In Calgary

04/20/2005

Sale Eliminates Debt, Improves Cash Position and Reduces Operating Expenses

CALGARY, ALBERTA - April 20, 2005 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN), a global provider of market-leading broadband wireless communications products and technologies and charter member of the WiMAX Forum(1), announced today it has entered into an agreement to sell its head office building in Calgary. Wi-LAN intends to remain as a tenant of the building, leasing approximately one-third of the state-of-the-art facility. Proceeds from the sale of the building, in the amount of $12.2 million, will be used to pay off the $7.8 million mortgage on the building and improve the Company's cash balance by approximately $4 million, after transaction costs and closing adjustments of approximately $0.4 million. This purchase, sale and lease-back transaction is expected to save the company future expenses of approximately $0.3 million per year and cash from operations of approximately $0.6 million per year, when compared to the original lease arrangement. The sale is expected to close on April 27, 2005. Citium Holdings Inc. has acquired the property with its financial partner, KingStreet Capital Partners (www.kingstreetpartners.com).

"The sale and lease-back of the building completes a transaction that began with its purchase in March 2004. The purchase was an operating decision that improved our earnings by about $0.3 million over the past 12 months and gave us the option to sell the building in the future," said Keith Bittner, Chief Financial Officer of Wi-LAN. "Now, with the sale of the building, we can pay off the mortgage on the building, put about $4 million of cash back on our balance sheet and further reduce operating expenses going forward by leasing only the one-third portion of the building that we occupy, at a reduced rate. This purchase, sale and lease-back transaction is expected to save the company expenses of approximately $2 million and cash from operations of approximately $4.2 million over the next seven years, when compared to the option of continuing with the original 10-year lease."

Wi-LAN announced plans to move to its current facility in September 2000 in order to improve efficiencies by locating its administrative, product design and testing, and R&D efforts in one building. Construction was completed in June 2001 and Wi-LAN began leasing the building and moved shortly thereafter. Wi-LAN purchased the building in March 2004 with the intent of selling it and leasing back only the portion of the building that it occupies. The building, 2891 Sunridge Way N.E., is located in Calgary's technology-based northeast sector in the Sunridge Business Park near the intersection of 16th Avenue (Trans-Canada Highway) and Barlow Trail N.E.

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, wireless Voice-over-IP, and wireless data and telephony backhaul, utilizing its
high quality products and industry-leading technologies. Wi-LAN's broadband wireless solutions feature an all-inclusive 2-year parts and labor warranty and are supported by 24/7 customer service.

Wi-LAN believes its portfolio of patents, including its core W-OFDM patents and 17 patents and patent applications acquired from Ensemble Communications in May 2004, 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). As well, Wi-LAN's W-OFDM patents are believed to be required for the implementation of devices using the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation Wi-Fi Alliance(1) standards), and the ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2(1) standard. Wi-LAN licenses its patented technology and has executed non-exclusive W-OFDM license agreements with semiconductor and broadband wireless
equipment companies.

Wi-LAN is the chair company of the OFDM Forum and a charter 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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