Archived — Notice No. DGTP-003-02

Department of Industry

Telecommunication Act

Notice No. DGTP-003-02 Consultation on a Request to Modify the Treatment of Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio Systems under the Mobile Spectrum Cap Policy

The Department has received a request from TELUS Mobility (hereafter referred to as TELUS) to modify the treatment of Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR) systems under the provisions of the spectrum cap policy. This policy limits the amount of spectrum any entity can hold in order to foster competition in the cellular industry, as outlined in Radio Systems Policy RP-021, Revision to the PCS Spectrum Cap and Timing for Licensing Additional PCS Spectrum, November 1999. Currently, spectrum used by ESMR systems is taken into account in a similar fashion as spectrum used for cellular and Personal Communications Systems (PCS).

TELUS' spectrum holdings are approaching the spectrum cap limit of 55 MHz in major urban areas. In its submission to the Department, TELUS elaborated on how the spectrum cap is limiting the growth of their ESMR network and service to customers.

TELUS has noted Industry Canada's intention to review the spectrum cap in conjunction with the release of additional mobile spectrum. TELUS has indicated that this time frame will significantly constrain its ESMR service offerings in a number of areas in Canada.

As the Department does not intend to launch a full review of the existing 55 MHz mobile spectrum cap until the consultation process begins for the allocation and licensing of additional spectrum for advanced mobile systems, a limited consultation on the treatment of spectrum for ESMR systems is warranted. This notice announces the release of a consultation paper inviting written comments on TELUS' request, and replies on those comments.

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: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum or can be obtained in hard copy, for a fee from:

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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-003-02" and be sent to 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 Notice publication, date, title, and the Notice reference number. To ensure there is time to consider all comments, submissions must be received by June 10, 2002.

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

Reply comments will be accepted until June 25, 2002. These reply comments should be sent to the Internet address at Wireless@ic.gc.ca. Reply comments will also be made available to the public via Industry Canada's Web site. All submissions must cite the Canada Gazette Part I Notice publication date, title and the Notice reference number. Submissions can also be submitted to the Director by mail at: 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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