Archived — Information Bulletin — August 28, 1998

OTTAWA, August 28, 1998 -- Industry Canada today announced the beginning of the licensing process for new wireless broadband spectrum in the 24 and 38 GHz bands. Details of this process are elaborated in the document Consultation on the 24 and 38 GHz Frequency Bands: Proposed Policy and Licensing Procedures.

This will allow Canadian companies a greater opportunity to obtain licences to provide an even wider variety of communications service offerings to accommodate the increasing demand for high speed local access infrastructure required for Internet and electronic commerce applications. In doing so, this initiative helps strengthen the government's commitment to make Canada the most connected nation in the world by the year 2000.

The department also announced the release of the framework for the use of spectrum auctions as a means to license wireless services. The Framework for Spectrum Auctions in Canada (PDF Format, 202 KB, 32 pages) document outlines the approach that Industry Canada will take whenever spectrum is assigned by auction in the future. This follows an extensive consultation process with industry players started in August 1997. The decision to hold an auction will be made on a band-by-band basis after public consultation. The auction framework provides another method of assigning scarce radio spectrum to licensees in a manner that best meets the needs of Canadian businesses and consumers.

Both documents and associated Canada Gazette notices (DGRB-002-98 and DGRB-003-98) are available from Industry Canada's web-site at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum. Comments on the consultation document should be submitted prior to December 4, 1998 to ensure due consideration. For further information, please contact:

David Bosquet
Spectrum Management
Industry Canada

613-998-3780

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