Archived — Notice No. DGTP-007-95

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-007-95/DGRB-001-95

Implementation of Narrowband Personal Communications Services in the 900 MHz Range

On November 26, 1994 Industry Canada released Gazette Notice DGTP-007-94 entitled Proposal for the Implementation of Narrowband Personal Communications Services in the 900 MHz Range, concerning the planned use of certain reserved sub-bands in the 900 MHz range. More specifically, consultation was solicited on various aspects of the use of the bands 901-902 MHz, 930-931 MHz and 940-941 MHz for narrowband personal communications services (PCS) and an invitation was made for submissions of expressions of interest from potential service providers. The present Notice enunciates the policy and initiates Phase II of the selection and licensing process for providers of narrowband PCS in Canada as a result of this consultation.

Part A — Policy Provisions

It is expected that various types of advanced messaging services will develop in these bands. These are expected to include digitally encoded voice messaging, enhanced paging and data transmission services with acknowledgment features. Commenters to the subject Notice also indicated an interest in other specialized services such as the narrowcasting of information from third party sources.

The designation of these bands for narrowband PCS was strongly supported in the comments received. Industry Canada also proposed that no specific limitations be placed on the nature of these narrowband personal communications services other than falling into the broad category of being part of the fixed and/or mobile service. In our view this approach will permit the greatest opportunity for innovative service applications and a greater range of service offerings to the consumer. This proposal was supported in public comment and thus forms part of this policy.

It was also proposed in the subject Notice to make provision for channelling bandwidths of various sizes and a proposed channelling plan was advanced in Draft Standard Radio System Plan 509. This draft was generally supported in public comment and will be further developed through consultations with the Radio Advisory Board of Canada and other interested parties. The matter of increasing the maximum effective radiated power was raised by some parties and this will also be addressed in further consultations.

The subject Notice addressed the appropriate mix of channels to cater to different geographical licensing areas such as national, regional and local. The comments indicated that Industry Canada should not attempt to predetermine this but allow it to be an outcome of the licensing process. This approach is accepted.

Several parties also commented that the number of nationwide channels should be maximized. This will be taken into account in the licensing process. However, as recognized by these same commenters, the maximum number of channels available on a nationwide basis is governed by the Interim Sharing Arrangement between the United States and Canada which permits the use of specific channels in the border area of each country.

The subject Notice noted that there had been interest by at least one applicant in receiving authority to offer narrowband PCS in Canada on frequency channels allotted to the United States in border areas by the Interim Sharing Arrangement. Such an application would be based on the premise that the Canadian applicant has previously established a business arrangement with the licensee of the channels in the border area of the United States which includes access to those channels in Canada by the Canadian applicant. The expressions of interest received pursuant to the subject Notice, strongly supported such applications. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The decisions reflected in the present Notice will be incorporated in due course in a revision to the Spectrum Utilization Policy for the Fixed, Mobile, Radiolocation and Amateur Services in the Band 896-960 MHz (SP 896 MHz) last amended in November 27, 1992.

Part B — Selection and Licensing Process

The present Notice initiates Phase II of the selection and licensing process for providers of narrowband PCS in Canada by calling for detailed proposals from prospective licensees.

Background

In the subject Notice, Industry Canada initiated the selection and licensing process for narrowband PCS in Canada in the 900 MHz range by calling for expressions of interest. The expressions of interest received in reply to Part B (Licensing Matters) of the Notice indicated that the level of interest in certain channels exceeded their availability. Consequently, a comparative selection and radio licensing process will be used to introduce narrowband PCS on a national basis in Canada for the channels listed in the following tables:

Channel type 50 kHz paired with 50 kHz
901.525 MHz
940.525 MHz
901.575 MHz
940.575 MHz
901.625 MHz
940.625 MHz
901.675 MHz
940.675 MHz
Channel type 50 kHz paired with 12.5 kHz
930.225 MHz
901.70625 MHz
930.275 MHz
901.71875 MHz
930.325 MHZ
901.73125 MHz
930.375 MHz
901.74375 MHz

Process and Submissions

Industry Canada will be using a comparative selection and radio licensing process to select service providers of narrowband PCS for these channels. The process is described in detail in the document entitled Industry Canada's Three-Phase Selection and Radio Licensing Process.

Industry Canada now requests detailed submissions from prospective licensees to provide narrowband PCS in the 900 MHz range on these channels on a national basis. To ensure consideration, prospective licensees are to provide Industry Canada with a Phase II detailed submission on or before August 3, 1995. For details regarding information to be submitted and the manner in which to file submissions for this call, please refer to the document Phase II Detailed Filing Instructions for Personal Communications Services in Canada in the 900 MHz Range.

Applications for any other narrowband 900 MHz PCS channel may be submitted at any time and will be handled in accordance with our normal first-come, first-served practices.

Documents

Copies of the documents listed in this notice may be obtained on request from:

Industry Canada
15th Floor, 300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C8
attention DOSP-P

or from the Department's offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton. For any further information concerning the Selection and Licensing process outlined in this notice, contact Peter Hill, Chief, National Systems at 613-998-3768 (facsimile: 613-952-9871).

Dated at Ottawa, this 25th day of May, 1995

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

Jan Skora
Acting Director General
Radio and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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