Archived — Letter to TELUS and QUEBECTEL Regarding Spectrum Aggregation Limit — November 8, 2000

November 8, 2000

Mr. Robert Simmonds
Executive Vice President, Regulatory
TELUS Mobility
200 Consillium Place
Suite 1600
Scarborough, Ontario
M1H 3J3
Monsieur Dominique Jalbert
Director General
QuebecTel Mobility
226, rue St-Germain Est
Department R0201
Rimouski (Québec)
G5L 7E4

Gentlemen:

I refer to Mr. Simmonds letter of November 1, 2000, proposing arrangements for the radio authorization amendment process by which TELUS Corporation, Quebec Telephone, and Clearnet Communications Inc. would come into compliance with the spectrum aggregation limit.

You have proposed that spectrum currently authorized under the PCS special authorizations, issued April 15, 1996, to Quebec Telephone and Clearnet PCS Inc. would be returned to the Department so as to comply with the spectrum aggregation limit. Specifically, you proposed returning the following spectrum:

  1. In the cellular operating area of TELUS Mobility in the province of British Columbia, the PCS spectrum blocks B2 (1875-1880 MHz / 1955-1960 MHz) and B3 (1880-1885 MHz / 19601965 MHz);
  2. In the cellular operating area of TELUS Mobility in the province of Alberta, the PCS spectrum blocks B2 (1875-1880 MHz / 1955-1960 MHz) and B3 (1880-1885 MHz / 1960-1965 MHz); and
  3. In the operating area of Quebec Telephone in the province of Quebec, the spectrum blocks B3 (1880-1885 MHz / 1960-1965 MHz) and D (1865-1870 MHz / 1945-1950 MHz).

After careful review, Industry Canada agrees to the measures you propose and the Department will provide you with a 12 month transition period to vacate the spectrum. This letter constitutes an amendment to the special authorizations issued to Clearnet PCS Inc. and Quebec Telephone, dated April 15, 1996.

With the return of the PCS D block in the Quebec Telephone operating area, this effectively removes all authorized spectrum from the special authorization issued to Quebec Telephone on April 15, 1996. Thus, the Department will simply not renew the special authorization issued to Quebec Telephone in April 2001, as might otherwise have been the case.

The Department hereby amends the Clearnet PCS Inc.'s special authorization to remove the PCS spectrum blocks B2 and B3 from the cellular operating area of TELUS Mobility in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and PCS spectrum block B3 in the operating area of Quebec Telephone in the province of Quebec. Refer to the Attachment for geographical representations of these operating areas.

As to the existing site specific radio licences, the affected radio licences in Block D will remain in force during the transition period or until advised that they are no longer required. In any event these radio licences will not be valid beyond October 24, 2001 in the areas where Block D is being returned. The affected site specific radio licences in Block B will be amended on an ongoing basis during the transition period when advised. In any event all affected radio licences in Block B will be amended to reflect your final block determinations by October 24, 2001.

I thank you for your cooperation during our discussions on this matter and your willingness to undertake your best efforts to vacate the affected spectrum expeditiously.

Sincerely,

Original Signed By

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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Letter to TELUS and QUEBECTEL Regarding Spectrum Aggregation Limit - November 8, 2000
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