Archived — Notice No. DGRB-003-02

Department of Industry

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-003-02 Call for Expressions of Interest in Orbital Positions Using a New Broadcasting-Satellite Service Band (17.3-17.8 GHz) and for Satellite Network Information to Initiate International Coordination.

This Gazette Notice announces the release of a paper, under the above title, that invites interested parties to submit expressions of interest to Industry Canada with respect to developing space stations using new broadcasting-satellite service spectrum to be available effective April 1, 2007.

The Department believes this new broadcasting-satellite service (BSS) band 17.3-17.8 GHz, along with its associated feeder link band 24.75-25.25 GHz, used at appropriate orbital positions, is a valuable resource to advance the Canadian broadcasting system. Accordingly, on April 1, 2002, Industry Canada submitted filings with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the advance publication of information with a view to gaining access for Canada to the spectrum at a number of positions in the geostationary orbital arc. The Department invites interested parties to identify their satellite orbit and spectrum requirements to the Department by submitting expressions of interest and satellite network information. These expressions of interest will then be used to develop a process for making orbital positions available to satellite operators for serving the Canadian broadcasting system.

Additionally, as Canadian access to these orbital resources will be subject to the first-come, first-served nature of the ITU satellite filing process, Canadian access will depend on the prompt submission of follow-up filings of coordination information in accordance with the ITU Radio Regulations and procedures, successful international coordination of the satellite networks, and deployment of the satellites within strict regulatory time frames. In view of this, the Department will take into account the satellite network information to be provided by respondents in determining the coordination information that will be used to initiate the ITU satellite coordination process.

Instructions for the submission of expressions of interest are provided in the referenced paper.  To ensure expressions of interest are fully considered, they must be submitted to Industry Canada no later than 5:00 p.m EDT, August 1, 2002. All expressions of interest received will be posted on the Industry Canada spectrum Web site within a few days of their receipt.

This Gazette Notice and the referenced paper are available electronically via the Internet at the following address: or can be obtained in hard copy, for a fee from:

DLS, St-Joseph Print Group Inc.
45 Sacré-CoeurBoulevard Hull, Quebec K1A 0S7 Canada
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Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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