Archived — Applications for the Auction of the 24 GHz and 38 GHz licences
OTTAWA, August 20, 1999 -- Industry Canada announced today that it has received 18 applications from parties wishing to participate in the planned 24 and 38 GHz spectrum auction scheduled to begin on October 18, 1999. Access to this spectrum will assist Canadian companies to respond to the increasing demand for high-capacity local access infrastructure required for high-speed Internet and electronic commerce applications.
The applications came from various enterprises both new and existing, small and large. Deposits totalling $75,042,500 were received in the form of irrevocable standby letters of credit.
National and local level communications firms obviously view the auction as an opportunity to obtain access to this spectrum and to explore new ways of delivering communication services. Industry Canada is encouraged by the high level of interest as it bodes well for the realization of the auction policy objective to increase competition in the provision of broadband services to Canadian businesses.
Canada's first spectrum auction for new broadband services will be conducted over the Internet and will employ Canadian encryption and digital signature technology to ensure that the electronic transactions are secure and confidential. With this auction, Industry Canada is 'walking the talk' and is demonstrating leadership and commitment to electronic commerce, with another Canadian first - the first country in the world to employ digital signatures as part of its spectrum auction software. By going on-line, Industry Canada wishes to provide better and faster service to citizens and businesses.
Details of the submissions, deposits and points as well as a list of applicants are available on Spectrum Management and Telecommunication's web site at: (http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum). Interested parties will also be able to monitor the auction on this web site when it begins in October.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Wireless Networks
Applications for the Auction of the 24 GHz and 38 GHz licences
August 6, 1999
|3537951 Canada Ltd.||$9,630,000||3852|
|3645908 Canada Inc.||$9,630,000||3852|
|3645932 Canada Inc.||$9,630,000||3852|
|ABC Allen Business Communications Ltd.||$7,500||3|
|AT&T Canada Telecom Services Company||$9,630,000||3852|
|BC Tel Mobility Cellular Inc.||$9,630,000||3852|
|BCE Nexxia Inc.||$2,000,000||800|
|Call-Net Technology Services Inc.||$2,500,000||1000|
|Firstmark Communications Canada Inc.||$4,815,000||1926|
|Gateway Telephone Limited||$180,000||72|
|Northwestel Mobility Inc||$10,000||4|
|Stream Intelligent Networks Corp||$4,000,000||1600|
|TD Capital Group Limited||$3,700,000||1480|
|Teligent Canada Inc.||$2,490,000||996|
|Vidéotron Télécom ltée||$720,000||288|
|WaveCom Electronics Inc.||$125,000||50|
|Wispra Networks Inc.||$4,815,000||1926|
Note: This list represents the companies that submitted applications to participate in the auction of the 24 and 38 GHz bands, but in no way implies that they have been approved as qualified bidders. A review of these applications is currently under way and the list of qualified bidders, the licences on which they are eligible to bid, and their initial level of eligibility points will be made public on Industry Canada's web site in late August.
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