Archived — Notice DGRB-007-97

Department of Industry

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-007-97 – Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) in the 2500 MHz Range: Spectrum and Licensing Policy Discussion Document

This Notice invites comments on proposals related to licensing Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) in the band 2500-2596 MHz across Canada (PDF Version, 679 KB, 26 pages). Industry Canada is seeking public comments which will assist in the formulation of the spectrum policy framework and licensing approach. After consultation on the issues raised in this paper, the Department proposes to move quickly with a final policy framework and call for applications. In the interim, it is announcing that there is a moratorium on the authorization of all systems in the band 2500-2596 MHz.


Industry Canada has received, over a short period of time, a large number of radio applications for the development of MCS at 2500 MHz having varying numbers of requested channels and various sizes of service areas. In several large urban centres, these requests far exceed the 16 channels that are available in the band.

The frequency band 2500-2596 MHz has been available for MCS applications for many years under the provisions found in Spectrum Utilization Policies SP 1-20 GHz (SP 1-20 GHz), Revisions to Microwave Spectrum Utilization Policies in the Range of 1-20 GHz. Until recently, the Department had received relatively few comprehensive applications for the development of MCS in this band. However, the prospect of increased competition in the provision of local telecommunication and broadcasting distribution services, the demand for Internet service, and advances in digital MCS technology have provided new business opportunities in the use of this band.

Invitation to Comment

Industry Canada invites interested and affected parties to provide their views and comments on the above referenced document. This document is available electronically as follows:

World Wide Web (WWW)
Spectrum Management and Telecommunications

Interested parties should submit comments in writing and/or in electronic format to:

Consultation on 2500 MHz MCS Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch Industry Canada 300 Slater Street Room 1514A – Jean Edmonds Tower North Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8

or in electronic format via the Internet at

All representations must be received on or before Februrary 16, 1998 to receive full consideration and should cite the Canada Gazette Part I Notice publication date, title, and the Notice reference number.

Written comments received in response to this Notice will be made available for viewing by the public, two weeks after the closing date of this Notice, during normal business hours, at the Industry Canada Library, 235 Queen Street, Ottawa, and at the offices of Industry Canada in Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, for a period of one year from the close of the comment period.

December 12, 1997

Jan Skora

Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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