Archived — Notice No. DGTP-007-99

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-007-99 — Spectrum Utilization Policy for Licence Exempt Wireless Local Area Networks in the 5 Ghz Range (SP-5150)


The purpose of this Notice is to announce the release of the spectrum utilization policy for the licence exempt wireless local area networks in the frequency bands 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz and 5725-5825 MHz. It addresses the principal issues governing the use of these bands.

In June 1998, Industry Canada released a consultation paper entitled Proposed Spectrum Policy for Licence Exempt Wireless Local Area Networks in the 5 GHz Range under Canada Gazette Notice DGTP-010-98, which sought comments on proposals to designate 300 MHz for wireless devices for local area networks.

In general there was support to designate 300 MHz of spectrum for license exempt wireless networks and devices. These systems could support neighbourhood point-to-point and point-to-multipoint high-speed wireless services in a cost-effective manner. In particular, as the processing power of computers continues to increase, there will be a growing demand for broadband high-speed digital distribution facilities. Some respondents commented on provisions to ensure that feeder links to mobile satellite networks are not adversely affected in the 5150-5250 MHz band and the operation of earth exploration satellites at 5250-5350 MHz are not compromised by these wireless networks. Industry Canada has taken these comments into consideration in formulating this spectrum policy.

The policy paper entitled Spectrum Utilization Policy for Licence Exempt Wireless Local Area Networks in the 5 GHz Range is available electronically via the Internet at: World Wide Web (WWW) or in hard copy, for a fee from:

Tyrell Press Ltd.
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Canada Communications Group
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Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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