Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

October 19, 2005 09:00 ET

Wi-Lan Announces Product Development Agreement and Initial Order for Nation-Wide Broadband Wireless Network in the Ukraine

CALGARY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) -

Wi-LAN Teams With Trans-World Communications and the Russian Academy of Sciences to Evolve Wi-LAN's WiMAX Platform, Libra MX, for the Eastern European Market

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) today announced that, as part of its ongoing emphasis on partnering to reduce costs and improve performance, Wi-LAN and Trans-World Communications Group (TWC), a broadband service provider in the Ukraine, have agreed on terms to develop a specialized version of Wi-LAN's Libra MXTM WiMAX platform. The agreement is backed by a purchase order from TWC for Wi-LAN's Libra MX products that is part of TWC's initial deployment of a nation-wide broadband wireless network in the Ukraine. TWC, in collaboration with the IITP, a research and development institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, intends to accelerate the development of Wi-LAN's Libra MX and Libra MAX product lines optimized for the Ukraine and the Eastern Europe region. TWC is currently certifying Wi-LAN's Libra MX for operation in the Ukraine and TWC's broadband wireless network, expected to be complete by 2007, is planned to provide high-speed data, voice and video services to businesses and residences of rural towns and villages. Additional orders are expected over the next two years as the network is expanded throughout the Ukraine.

"We conducted extensive trials of the Libra MX solution and it consistently performed flawlessly," said Dmitry Levitsky, President, TWC. "Our work has clearly illustrated that Libra MX is truly the highest-performing broadband wireless product on the market, and is ideal for a national network such as the one we are building. We look forward to working with Wi-LAN to manufacture and advance the further development of this product series as we deploy it throughout the Ukraine. We expect larger volume deployments of Libra MX as we move into advanced phases of our planned deployment over the coming months."

Vladimir Vishnevsky, Deputy Director, IITP, Russian Academy of Sciences, commented, "We are delighted to have this opportunity to contribute our broadband radio expertise to develop, in conjunction with TWC, a specialized WiMAX version of Wi-LAN's Libra MX product. The Institute has been involved in research and development of OFDM-based broadband wireless systems for many years, and we have a wealth of expertise and resources that we can contribute to advance this project while leveraging Wi-LAN's considerable knowledge, expertise and intellectual property leadership in WiMAX technology."

Libra MX is the industry's first WiMAX platform that meets the performance and throughput requirements of today's demanding point-to-point and point-to-multipoint broadband applications while providing an economic and straightforward migration path to WiMAX compliant networks. Built on Wi-LAN's patented W-OFDM technology - the foundation for WiMAX Forum Certified(1) products - Libra MX is a powerful and flexible solution, including both base stations and subscriber units, for a wide variety of broadband wireless applications. Libra MX is Wi-LAN's fourth-generation W-OFDM product and provides a stronger-than-ever business case for carriers, large service providers and enterprises delivering solutions such as: urban Wi-Fi hot zones, cellular backhaul, E1/T1 replacement, enterprise multiple tenant unit / multiple dwelling unit (MTU/MDU) and voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) applications.

"This order validates the capability of Libra MX to deliver triple-play services in large network deployments," said Chris Beadle, Vice President, Global Sales, Wi-LAN Inc. "With Libra MX, operators do not have to wait for standard-compliant WiMAX equipment to deliver the performance, security and reliability that they require for providing voice, data and video services in sizeable broadband wireless networks. Forward-looking operators like Trans-World Communications recognize the competitive advantage that they gain by rolling out their network infrastructure today and incorporating standardized WiMAX equipment as it comes available, without any network disruption."

The initial release of Libra MX operates in the international licensed 3.5 GHz frequency band. It is the only product available in this band that offers both 3.5 and 7 MHz channel sizes, delivering excellent performance in challenging Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) environments, and throughput of up to 288 Mbps to up to 12,000 users per cell, at a range of up to 30 kilometers in a point-to-multipoint configuration, and up to 75 kilometers for point-to-point voice and data transmission.

The leading-edge design of Libra MX delivers carrier-class quality of service (QoS) - enabling prioritized "triple-play" services: video, data, and voice. The re-designed OFDM engine in Libra MX supports four times as many voice calls as other similar products on the market. Libra MX is cPCI card-based and "hot-swappable", meaning customers can easily add sectors to increase capacity or redundancy, and add new functionality - while keeping the network live.

To learn more about Libra MX and Wi-LAN's Continuity Program, go to www.wi-lan.com/products/libramx.htm, or download Wi-LAN's Libra MX white paper at www.wi-lan.com/whitepaper/libramx.htm, or e-mail us at info@wi-lan.com.

About Trans-World Communications Group

TWC is a leading broadband service provider with a mission to establish a triple-play broadband network throughout the Ukraine by 2007. TWC specializes in broadband wireless networks, utilizing equipment from Wi-LAN and various other equipment developers and manufacturers to provide reliable and secure broadband communications solutions designed to exceed its customers' requirements for voice, video and data communications.

About the Institute for Information Transmission Problems (IITP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The IITP was established in Moscow as part of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1961. With over 300 scientists on staff, the Institute conducts research in information theory and applied mathematics, and computer and communication sciences, and has extensive experienced resources in the area of broadband wireless communication techniques and technologies including OFDM and CDMA.

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 believes its portfolio of patents is 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 sells broadband wireless technologies, expertise and patent licenses to other industry players.

Wi-LAN is 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.

Forward Looking Information

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may include forward-looking information that involves various risks and uncertainties. These may include, without limitation, statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties related to all aspects of the wireless communications industry. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not restricted to, continued increased demand for the Company's products, the Company's ability to maintain its technological leadership in the field of high-speed wireless communications, the Company's ability to attract and retain key employees, the enforceability of the Company's patents, and the availability of key components.

These uncertainties may cause actual results to differ from information contained herein. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change.

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