Wireless Communication Services and Fixed Wireless Access

Licence Renewal

Auction

Current Licensees

First-come, First-served (FCFS) Incumbents in the 2300 MHz Wireless Communication Services (WCS) Band and the 3500 MHz Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Band

As indicated in the 2004 Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Spectrum Licences in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Bands (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf08620.html#sect5), it should be noted that FCFS incumbents exist in auctioned spectrum bands in some geographic areas. Section 5, entitled Incumbents, Transition Policy and Technical Considerations, outlines the applicable transition and/or coordination requirements of the incumbents and auction winners in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz bands. Licensees holding auctioned WCS or FWA spectrum must coordinate, where required, with other systems, in accordance with the guidelines set out under sections 5.3.2 and 5.4.2 of the Policy. As the situation changes regularly, parties should verify the frequencies in the geographic areas of interest prior to planning any deployments:

2300 MHz band

In the 2300 MHz band, all fixed microwave point-to-point systems are subject to the transition policy provisions in the above-mentioned 2004 Policy.

All fixed point-to-multipoint systems in the bands 2305-2320 MHz and 2345-2360 MHz licensed and installed in rural areas are protected from future WCS systems and are not subject to the transition policy of 2004.

To identify FCFS incumbents in the 2300 MHz band, visit Industry Canada’s Spectrum Direct website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/sd-sd.nsf/eng/h_00025.html and perform a Geographical Area Search, using the spectrum bands indicated above, for the desired set of geographic coordinates.

3500 MHz band

In the 3500 MHz band, all fixed point-to-point systems operating in the band 3475-3650 MHz are subject to the transition policy.

All FCFS FWA systems in rural areas and existing fixed-satellite receive earth stations are protected and not subject to the transition policy provisions. Note that all FCFS FWA systems licensed and installed in rural areas may continue to operate and grow within their licensed spectrum block and service area.

To identify FCFS incumbents in the 3500 MHz band, visit our interactive departmental mapping tool, SpectrumGeo, located at http://spectrumgeo.ic.gc.ca/txt/sl_map-eng.html, and click on the box next to Fixed Wireless Access Services (3.5 GHz).