Archived — Phase Two of the Residual Licence Auction (2300 MHz and 3500 MHz): Messages to Bidders

January 10, 2005 to January 27, 2005

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2005-01-27, 16:45 Thank you for participating in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz spectrum auction. The auction is now closed. Should you have any comments or concerns, please contact the Auction Manager, Marie-France Marquis, at 613-990-4805.

2005-01-27, 15:40 No new bids were received during round 74. The auction will close unless a pro-active waiver is submitted. A bidder must call [the Auction Center] before 16:30 to submit a pro-active waiver. If a pro-active waiver is received by that time, bidding will recommence at 9:00 on 2005-01-28.

2005-01-27, 11:55 The bid increments will be changed beginning with round 73 at 14:00 on 27-01-2005. The percentage bid increment will be 15 percent and the new absolute increment will be $150/point.

2005-01-24, 16:55 Tuesday January 25 bidding schedule is unchanged but we will move to eight rounds a day on Wednesday January 26. The revised bidding schedule for January 26 to January 28, 2005 is now available on the Auction Management System.

2005-01-20, 14: 00 The auction will move to stage 3 beginning with round 42 on 21-01-2005, 9:00. The activity rule will be 100 percent. In a round, bidders must be active on licences covering 100 percent of their total eligibility points in order to maintain that level of eligibility points in the following round. The percentage bid increment will be 10 percent and the absolute increment will be $100/point.

2005-01-20, 12:25 The bidding schedule for the week of January 24, 2005 is now available in the AMS.

2005-01-19, 12:25 The auction will move to stage 2 beginning with round 34 on 19-01-2005, 14:15. The activity rule will be 90 percent. In a round, bidders must be active on licences covering 90 percent of their total eligibility points in order to maintain that level of eligibility points in the following round. The percentage bid increment will be 10 percent and the absolute increment will be $100/point.

2005-01-14, 08:55 Industry Canada's email system is now operational.

2005-01-14, 07:10 Industry Canada currently experiences problems with its email server. The problem does not affect the Auction Management System. Until the problem is resolved, please contact the Department by calling [the Auction Center] should you have any questions.

2005-01-13, 10:15 The bidding schedule for the week of January 17, 2005 is now available in the AMS.

2005-01-10, 09:00 Welcome to the Two Phase Residual Licence Auction in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Frequency Bands. Bidding will begin on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. EST.

In preparation for the Auction, bidders should review the following documents:

  1. The Bidder Information Document for the Two Phase Residual Licence Auction in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Frequency Bands (sent to designated bidders and authorized representatives in the fall 2004);
  2. Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Spectrum Licences in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Bands (revised July 2004 and available online at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrumauctions).

Bidders are strongly encouraged to read new auction announcements before each round. These may contain information regarding a change in the activity rules, bidding schedule and/or bid increments. Access to new auction announcements is available online, using the Auction Management System (AMS) software at https://forum.ic.gc.ca/, as well as on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrumauctions.

It is each bidder's responsibility to ensure that the spectrum on which he/she bids, in combination with any existing holdings, does not exceed the spectrum aggregation limit. The software will not prevent bidders from exceeding the spectrum aggregation limit. There will be no warning if a bidder submits a bid which violates the spectrum aggregation limit. However, the penalties will be assessed and the bidder will be responsible for paying these penalties at the close of the auction. Therefore, bidders are strongly advised to ensure that they respect this limit. If a bidder notes prior to the close of a round that he/she has exceeded the spectrum aggregation limit, the bidder may re-enter his/her bids, provided sufficient time remains in that round.

A limited, back-up, emergency facility is available to all qualified bidders, to answer technical questions and to submit bids on behalf of the bidder. While the Department will make the best effort to submit bids on behalf of bidders using this emergency, back-up system, the Department assumes no responsibility if such bids are not submitted before the close of the round.

Round results for the Auction are available for analysis via the Bid Tracking System (BTS), on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrumauctions.

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