Archived—DGTP-014-98 — Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

November 9, 1998

Mr. Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch
Industry Canada
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
KIA 0C8

Dear Mr. Helm:

Subject: Gazette Notice No. DGTP-014-98 - Proposed Amendment to the Policy Framework for the Provision of Mobile Satellite Services, published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on October 10, 1998

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) is pleased to submit the following comments on behalf of its members in response to the issues raised in the above noted discussion paper.

The Association supports Industry Canada's initiative to revise the eligibility of service providers to offer service under the existing Mobile Satellite Policy Framework. In the CWTA's opinion, the direction taken in the proposed amendment to the policy framework generally meets the objective of liberalising the licensing regime for MSS earth stations. Relaxing the ownership requirements for earth stations that provide satellite-based telecommunications services will, in addition to honouring Canada's obligations under the World Trade Organisation's General Agreement on Trades in Services - Agreement on Basic Telecommunications (GATS-ABT), give Canadian satellite operators greater access to international markets.

CWTA encourages Industry Canada to proceed to adopt these changes immediately.

Sincerely,

J. David Farnes

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
275 rue Slater Street, Suite 500
Ottawa, Ontario K1P SH9
Tel: 613-233-4888
Fax: 613-233-2032
http.//www.cwta.ca

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