Archived — Notice No. DGTP-001-02

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-001-02Consultation on Revisions to the Spectrum Utilization Policies in the 3-30 GHz Frequency Range

The purpose of this Notice is to announce a consultation paper on proposals for revisions to the spectrum utilization policies for services in certain bands in the frequency range 3-30 GHz. These proposals are in response to a number of expressions of interest for the introduction of new services and applications in the spectrum above 3 GHz.

A number of changes are occurring in this spectrum range. For example, the requirement for exclusive bands to support heavy route microwave systems in the 4 and 6 GHz range has greatly diminished with the availability of other transport options such as fibre systems. In the Ku bands (11 and 14 GHz) there is interest in the provision of new broadband access services via multimedia satellite. Similarly in the Ka band (18 and 28 GHz) there are plans for multimedia satellite systems to be in operation in the next 1-3 years. In addition to these requirements, there is a demand for spectrum for new terrestrial wireless-access services including licence-exempt applications.

As a result of these and other developments, a review of various aspects of the bands between 3 and 30 GHz is warranted. Based on the results of this public consultation, Industry Canada will establish spectrum utilization policies to respond to these needs.

Invitation to Comment

The Department of Industry invites submissions, preferably in electronic format, from all interested parties on the issues raised for comments in the consultation paper. This Notice is available electronically at the following address: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum or can be obtained in hard copy, for a fee from:

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Tyrell Press Ltd.
Address:
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toll-free telephone: 
1-800-267-4862
United States toll-free telephone: 
1-800-574-0137
Worldwide telephone: 
613-822-0740
Facsimile: 
613-822-1089

and

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Worldwide telephone:
 819-779-4335
Worldwide facsimile:
 819-779-2833

Respondents are strongly encouraged to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or ASCII TXT) to facilitate posting on the Department's Web site. Documents submitted should be sent with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used. All comments should make reference to "Comments - Gazette Notice DGTP-001-02" at the following Internet address: Wireless@ic.gc.ca.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Director General, Telecommunications Policy Branch, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8. All representations should cite the Canada Gazette, Part  I, publication date, the title, and the Notice reference number (DGTP-001-02).

To ensure there is time to consider all comments, submissions should be received no later than April 30, 2002.

Shortly after the close of the comment period, all comments received in response to this Notice will be posted on Industry Canada's Spectrum Web site at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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