Wi-LAN to Supply Broadband Wireless Products

ATLANTA (06/08/2000) - Wi-LAN Inc. and 4G Network Technologies announced a US$31 million, five-year deal here at SuperComm under which Wi-LAN will provide wireless broadband access products to a cellular network that 4G Network Technologies plans to build.

Wi-LAN, based in Calgary, will supply 4G, a Dallas-based service provider, with 2.4GHz Hopper Plus and 5GHz I.Will units. Wi-LAN's I.Will System is built with a patented Wideband Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (W-OFDM) technology, a spokesman for Wi-LAN said.

W-OFDM is a variation of OFDM that enables low cost broadband applications and improves on the technology, Wi-LAN said in a statement. The signal reception is corrected for distortions, allowing greater transmission speeds. W-OFDM allows lower-power, multipoint radio networks to be implemented, minimizing interference with adjacent networks.

4G's planned network will initially provide broadband fixed wireless services at speeds up to 30M bits per second (bps). The company plans to begin offering fixed wireless services in the fourth quarter of this year to commercial customers. Consumer services will follow in the second quarter of next year, according to a statement.

Wi-LAN, along with L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., Nokia Corp., Philips Semiconductors and Sony Corp., is involved in an effort to create a single standard for high-speed wireless communications. Representatives of those companies are included on a steering committee of the Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Forum.

Wi-LAN and the other companies are backing a single OFDM standard which would make possible wireless broadband communication between devices such as PDAs (personal digital assistants) and Windows CE devices.

Wi-LAN, in Calgary, Alberta, can be reached at +1 403 273 9133 or on the Web at http://www.wi-lan.com/. 4G Network Technologies, in Dallas, Texas, can be found on the Web at http://www.4gnetwork.com/.

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