Wi-Fi Certification Laboratories to Open In Tokyo and Singapore

Mountain View, CA, July 8, 2002 - The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) announced today that it has opened two new locations for Wi-Fi interoperability testing in Tokyo, Japan and Singapore. Both test facilities are operated by Agilent and are open for operation at the date of this announcement.

"The worldwide demand for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products continues to grow. Driving the demand is a broad range of people who desire the freedom and mobility that Wi-Fi offers - allowing them to stay connected at work, at home, or in airports and hotels. This increased demand for Wi-Fi certification has required WECA to expand its certification capacity by fourfold since the first round of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products was announced in March of 2000," said Dennis Eaton, WECA's Chairman.

"We have also seen a tremendous shift in the global composition of the WECA membership. A year ago, less than 30% of the WECA member companies were from Asia. Today, Asia and North America each have an equal part of the WECA membership. At the current growth rate, we anticipate that the number of Asian-based WECA members will exceed the number of North American-based WECA members. The increased demand for Wi-Fi certification and the growing number of WECA member companies in Asia have allowed the organization to begin certifying Wi-Fi products in Singapore and Taiwan," continued Eaton.

See Wi-Fi at N+I Tokyo

Wi-Fi wireless LANs will be on display at N+I Tokyo (Booth 10A23), July 3-5, in Tokyo, Japan.

About the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance

The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN standard across all market segments.

WECA has instituted a test suite that defines how member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products. These tests are conducted at an independent laboratory.

Membership in WECA is open to all companies that support the 802.11 family of standards. WECA now comprises over 150 members that offer over 370 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products from the world's leading companies.

For more information, please visit www.wi-fi.org.