Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

March 14, 2005 09:00 ET

Wi-LAN Announces Board Changes


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: WI-LAN INC.

TSX SYMBOL: WIN

MARCH 14, 2005 - 09:00 ET

Wi-LAN Announces Board Changes

CALGARY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2005) -

Dr. Hatim Zaghloul Resigns and Bill Hews Accepts Chairman Role

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), today announced that Dr. Hatim Zaghloul has resigned
his position as Chairman and Director. Bill Hews has been appointed
Chairman of the Board, Wi-LAN Inc. Mr. Hews has been a board member
since April 2000 and Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, and
was President of Wi-LAN from September 1999 to September 2001.

"Hatim is a pioneer in the world of broadband wireless," said Bill Hews,
Chairman of the Board, Wi-LAN Inc. "He and his friend, Dr. Michel
Fattouche, founded the company in 1992 to commercialize the technology
that has become the foundation of broadband wireless communications
today. He led Wi-LAN through some very exciting, and often trying,
times. His contribution to the board will be missed. I am excited about
the new role, and look forward to helping the company deliver on its
potential."

Bill Hews is President of Fideliter Inc., a private investment company,
and he serves on various corporate boards. Prior to September 2001 he
was President of Wi-LAN, and before September 1999 he was a Vice
President at Nortel Networks Corporation where he gained more than 20
years of operations experience in the telecom equipment market. Mr. Hews
is a graduate Industrial Engineer from the University of Toronto and
holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

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.wi-lan.com.

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

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Wi-LAN Inc.
    Ken Wetherell
    Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
    (403) 207-6329
    Email: kwetherell@wi-lan.com
    Website: www.wi-lan.com