Archived—Industry Canada Announces the Consultation on the Proposed Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Additional PCS Spectrum in the 2 GHz Frequency Range

OTTAWA, December 17, 1999 -- Industry Canada announced today the beginning of the licensing process for additional Personal Communications Services (PCS) spectrum in the 2 GHz frequency band. The introduction of this new mobile wireless spectrum will facilitate the expansion and enhancement of existing PCS, the introduction of third generation PCS (3G PCS), and/or the development of other new service offerings.

On November 5, 1999, the Minister of Industry, John Manley announced that the spectrum cap applying to Personal Communications Services (PCS) will be raised from 40 MHz to a maximum of 55 MHz, and that an additional 40 MHz of PCS spectrum will be licensed by the Fall of 2000. This consultation is the beginning of the licensing process for the additional 40 MHz of PCS spectrum. Details of this process are elaborated in the document Consultation on the Proposed Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Additional PCS Spectrum in the 2 GHz Frequency Range.

Comments on the consultation document should be submitted prior to February 16, 2000 to ensure due consideration. The consultation document and the associated Canada Gazette notice (DGRB-018-99) are available from Industry Canada's web-site at:

http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum

For further information, please contact:

Earl Hoeg
Manager, Wireless Networks
Spectrum Management Operations
Industry Canada
613-990-7176

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