Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

March 23, 2005 09:00 ET

Wi-Lan Appoints Keith Bittner As CFO


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FOR: WI-LAN INC.

TSX SYMBOL: WIN

MARCH 23, 2005 - 09:00 ET

Wi-Lan Appoints Keith Bittner As CFO

CALGARY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 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 Keith Bittner is appointed Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Bittner joined Wi-LAN in September 1999 as Controller, and was
promoted to Vice President, Finance in 2002 and later to Acting CFO. He
is a Certified Management Accountant with over 25 years of experience in
financial operations, with strength in financial reporting, financial
systems and cash management.

"Keith has been a dedicated and solid performer over the past several
years, and as a result the Board has accepted my recommendation that he
serve as Wi-LAN's CFO," said Bill Dunbar, President and CEO, Wi-LAN Inc.
"He is a strong team player and I believe I can rely on him to manage
our cash resources and ensure that we keep our costs under control. He
has established efficient and reliable financial systems and operations
within the company, and has been responsible for producing our financial
statements since 2002."

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
    kwetherell@wi-lan.com