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March 13, 2007 12:22 ET

WINBC Announces Wireless Innovation Contest (WIC'07) Finalists

Winners to be Awarded Mentor Panel with Industry Experts During CTIA Wireless

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 13, 2007) - The Wireless Innovation Network of BC (WINBC), the producer of the Wireless Innovation Contest 2007 (WIC'07), today announces the finalists for the contest are as follows:

Taking Care of Business:

- Public Sector: Gogomo and In Motion Technology

- Private Sector: Mobile Complete and Innoviti Embedded

Taking Care of Yourself:

- Home & Entertainment: Real Dice Inc. and SurfKitchen

- Sports & Recreation: Limbo 41414 and Loc-Aid

Taking Care of the Community:

- Community & Citizenship: Rave Wireless and ComVu

The annual contest received entries from all over North America including California, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Washington DC, Massachusetts, New York, BC, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. The finalists were selected by independent judges representing TELUS, Nokia Multimedia, Alcatel-Lucent, Guidewire Group, 3rd Eye Consulting, Sprint-Nextel and WebMobility Ventures.

WINBC will be naming the five winners of the fourth annual wireless contest at a reception to be held Monday March 26th, just prior to the start of CTIA WIRELESS 2007, Orlando FL, March 27-29. Winners will gain a one-hour closed doors session with the panel of judges to receive constructive feedback on their company and solution.

"As a first time judge I was impressed by the diversity and innovation of applications entered by the various wireless companies throughout North America," says Madeline Duva, President, 3rd Eye Consulting. "Entries spanned from practical backend solutions aimed at solving some of the industries biggest challenges, to consumer facing applications extending everyday conveniences and entertainment to the phone. I'd like to extend my congratulations to the finalists and look forward to meeting the winners in Orlando."

A benefit valued at $100,000, Wireless Excellence winners are rewarded with targeted exposure in media and at trade shows, inclusion in a special case study publication to be produced by IDC, and the one-hour mentor session with the panel of judges during CTIA Wireless.
The panel of judges includes:

- Tom Nyberg, Senior Manager, Product Management, Nokia Multimedia

- Chris Langdon, vice-president of Network Services, TELUS

- Ray Gilbert, AVP for IT and Enterprise Collaboration, Alcatel-Lucent

- Oliver Starr, Senior Mobile Analyst, Guidewire Group

- Madeline Duva, President, 3rd Eye Consulting

- Joseph Averkamp, Director of Product Strategy, Sprint-Nextel

- Ken Blakeslee, Chairman, WebMobility Ventures

- Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners

WINBC, the producer of WIC'07, is supported by key industry leaders Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, TELUS and IDC, and marketing partners CTIA WIRELESS 2007, RCR Wireless News, FierceWireless.com, Wireless Industry Partnership, Outlook4Mobility, CCNMatthews, SymbianOne and Forum Nokia.

About WINBC

WINBC (Wireless Innovation Network Society of BC) is the producer of WIC'07. WINBC is the focal point for wireless in BC and a leading industry association in Canada. British Columbia has a 25-year history of successful wireless design and innovation and has grown to over 250 wireless companies representing all areas of the wireless value chain from infrastructure and devices to enabling software, enterprise applications, games and peer-to-peer solutions. Companies include Sierra Wireless, Nokia, Digital Dispatch, Colligo, Air G and others. To find your wireless partner go to: www.winbc.org.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)(EURONEXT PARIS:ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. (All figures exclude impact of activities to be transferred to Thales). For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com.

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Taking a very human approach to technology, Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives by providing easy-to-use and secure mobile devices including mobile phones, solutions for imaging, games, media, businesses and mobile network operators. Nokia employees over 68,000 employees worldwide and is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges. To learn more about Nokia, please visit www.nokia.com.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX:T)(TSX:T.A)(NYSE:TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 million customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being Canada's premier corporate citizen, over the last six years TELUS has contributed more than $76 million to charitable and non-profit organizations, and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

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