Archived — Notice No. DGTP-003-99

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-003-99 —Revisions to the Policy Framework for the Provision Of Mobile Satellite Services via Regional and Global Satellite Systems in the Canadian Market

Introduction

The purpose of this Notice is to announce changes to the policy respecting the provision of mobile satellite services in the Canadian market.

Background

In February 1998, Industry Canada amended the Policy Framework for the Provision of Mobile Satellite Services via Regional and Global Satellite Systems in the Canadian Market (Radio Systems Policy 007) through Canada Gazette Notice DGTP-001-98. This amendment implemented commitments made by Canada to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Basic Telecommunications with respect to mobile satellite services. Subsequently, Bill C-17, An Act to Amend the Telecommunications Act and the Teleglobe Canada Reorganization and Divestiture Act, made amendments to the Telecommunications Act which exempt satellite earth stations from the Canadian ownership and control provisions of Section 16 of the Act.

In October 1998, a Proposed Amendment to the Policy Framework for the Provision of Mobile Services was published in the Canada Gazette Notice DGTP-014-98, to solicit public comments on the consequential changes to the mobile satellite service licensing policies. In particular, the proposed policy amendment would remove the Canadian ownership and control requirement from service providers, that are radiocommunication carriers of mobile satellite services as proposed by Regulations Amending the Radiocommunication Regulations published in the Canada Gazette Part I on

In response to the solicitation for public comment, eight timely submissions were received representing a broad range of interests. All respondents except one were supportive of the proposed change, stating that it meets the objectives of further liberalizing the licensing regime for mobile satellite services. The policy change was seen as fostering a greater access to international markets for Canadian operators and service providers through reciprocal liberalizations.

Policy Revision

Having regard to the public submissions received and the amendment being made to the Radiocommunication Regulations, Industry Canada amends the first criterion of Section 2 of the present Mobile Satellite Service Policy Framework (RP-007) to read:

"the applicant (service provider) must be eligible to be issued a radio licence or a spectrum licence under the Radiocommunication Regulations;".

This Canada Gazette Notice and the amended Policy Framework for the Provision of Mobile Satellite Services via Regional and Global Satellite Systems in the Canadian Market (RP-007) is available electronically on the Internet at:World Wide Web (WWW), http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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