Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

March 03, 2005 20:30 ET

Wi-LAN Announces Executive Appointment: Dr. Sayed-Amr El-Hamamsy Accepts Senior VP Role


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FOR: WI-LAN INC.

TSX SYMBOL: WIN

MARCH 3, 2005 - 20:30 ET

Wi-LAN Announces Executive Appointment: Dr. Sayed-Amr
El-Hamamsy Accepts Senior VP Role

CALGARY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - March 3, 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),
today announced that Dr. Sayed-Amr (Sisso) El-Hamamsy, has been
appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate, Wi-LAN Inc. Dr. El-Hamamsy,
former President and CEO of Wi-LAN, will be active in educating Wi-LAN's
current and potential customers, investors and other external
stakeholders with regard to Wi-LAN, its products, markets and
technologies.

"I continue to be a true believer in Wi-LAN and I think I can contribute
significant value in this new role," said Dr. El-Hamamsy. "Over the past
four years I have gained a significant knowledge base regarding all
aspects of Wi-LAN's customers and competitive position in the broadband
wireless market, and have played a role in the transformation of this
market as it nears adoption of WiMAX-standard equipment. I also have a
deep understanding of the Company's products and core technologies and
the applications that they serve."

"We are very pleased to be able to retain Sisso's knowledge and
expertise in the Company," said Bill Dunbar, President and CEO of
Wi-LAN. "He has always been a significant asset in forming and
maintaining key external relationships, and I look forward to his
continuing support in this role."

Dr. El-Hamamsy was President and CEO of Wi-LAN from December 2003 to
February 2005 and was elected to Wi-LAN's board of directors in March
2004. He has now resigned his position as a Director of the Company.
Prior to December 2003 he was President and Chief Operating Officer of
the Company. Before January 2003 he was Chief Operating Officer of
Wi-LAN and before joining Wi-LAN in January 2001 he held several senior
management positions at General Electric Company. Dr. El-Hamamsy holds a
PhD in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.

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