7/25/2005 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN), Radionet OY, Ltd. and WebNet Converged Wireless Network Ltd. (WebNet) announced the launch of WebNet's first urban hotzone deployment in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Owned and operated by WebNet, the network uses a combination of Wi-LAN high-capacity broadband wireless equipment for backhaul and Radionet's Wi-Fi equipment for last mile connections to enable uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity. When complete, the network will offer wireless broadband services to 250,000 residents living in Abbotsford and the neighboring communities of Aldergrove, Mission and Chilliwack, enabling greater bandwidth at lower prices than competing wired solutions, with the added benefit of mobility. WebNet intends to roll out similar broadband wireless networks in other North American cities over the next twelve months.
"The combination of Wi-LAN's and Radionet's broadband wireless solutions enables us to blanket the whole of Abbotsford, including private households and local businesses, with high speed Internet connectivity," said Gregory C. Carrington, Chairman and CEO, WebNet. "After looking into the alternatives on the marketplace, the combination of Wi-LAN and Radionet products proved to be the best solution. Wi-LAN's equipment provides the high-capacity non-line-of-sight capabilities that are needed for backhaul and customers who need high bandwidth. Radionet's robust outdoor equipment provides users with ubiquitous broadband and Wi-Fi access within the coverage area."
WebNet has developed an aggressive plan to develop 125 converged wireless territories in North America. WebNet has done extensive "dark zone" studies throughout the proposed territories. Based on these studies, WebNet is targeting converged wireless territories having a general population base of 200,000 to 500,000 residents, with at least 100,000 serviceable households and about 7,500 to 10,000 business customers, depending on demographics.
"WebNet's North American network deployments will build on the success of our ZONET network, one of the largest Wi-Fi Hotzone networks in the world" said Angela Champness, Chairman, Radionet. "The ZONET network covers 8 cities in Finland bringing mobile broadband connections to where people are located and demonstrates that by using Wi-LAN's solutions for backhaul connections and Radionet's Wi-Fi technology for end user access, large wireless broadband networks can be built quickly and cost-effectively."
"WebNet's model of deployment allows the provisioning of a very low cost Wi-Fi CPE for residential applications utilizing Wi-LAN's solution for backhaul. This makes for a very attractive business case. We expect to see many roll-outs of this type of network over the next year, and look forward to supporting WebNet's North American plans" said Chris Beadle, V.P., Global Sales for Wi-LAN Inc.
About WebNet Converged Wireless Network Ltd.
WebNet Converged Wireless Network is building a dynamic broadband wireless network throughout North America. WebNet is poised to become a leading provider of high speed Internet, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Internet Protocol Mobile (IP Mobile), IPTV (on demand), security, video-conferencing and many other digital products and services. WebNet's network design has the ability to deliver converged wireless products and services to business and residential customers. WebNet's backbone will segregate customer accounts, provide custom billing and accounting, service multiple applications such as high speed internet and VoIP accounts all on the same bill, or separately, all in real time. WebNet provides converged wireless products, normally purchased from several different providers, all in one low cost bundle, with 24/7 service. Detailed information on WebNet can be found at www.webnetcwn.com
About Radionet Oy, Ltd.
The Wi-Fi Hotzone company Radionet Oy specializes in the development, design and sales of large-scale outdoor wireless broadband networks. Radionet's technology is based on the WLAN standard conforming to IEEE 802.11. Radionet offers comprehensive carrier-class wireless broadband networks for operators, ISP's and wireless ISP's, power utilities, industry and logistics, and system integrators. Detailed information on Radionet can be found at www.radionet.com.
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 and the ETSI BRAN HiperMAN standard (the WiMAX Forum 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 standards), and the ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2 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.
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