Selection Process Launched For 2500 MHz Multipoint Communications Systems Licensing

Ottawa, — John Manley, Minister of Industry, today launched the selection process for Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) in the 2500 MHz range. MCS licences will be granted to selected Canadian companies, allowing them to provide a wider variety of services. Applications such as voice, data, multimedia, and broadcasting will be beamed directly to residential and business subscribers via MCS airwaves.

"This innovative technology will help connect more Canadians to the information highway," said Minister Manley. "It will ultimately encourage further competition, drive marketplace innovation and promote new opportunities in the Canadian telecommunications sector."

One MCS licence will be awarded in each of the 13 service areas across the country. Licences will be distributed to applicants who successfully demonstrate a capacity to establish a commercially – and technically-sound service while supporting learning advancement to foster Canadians' acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding.

"We are encouraging applicants to develop new and innovative ways to help Canadians access life-long learning opportunities," said Minister Manley. "The MCS learning component aims to help foster Canadians' acquisition of skills and knowledge through the affordable and convenient access to information that wireless communications technology can provide."

For information on the application process or general information on the MCS policy please refer to the web site address http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum. The deadline for applications is .

For more information, contact:

Mélanie Robert
Telecommunications Analyst
Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications
Industry Canada
613-998-3837

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