Archived — Notice No. DGRB-003-03

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-003-03Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Spectrum Licences in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Bands

This Notice announces the release of the paper entitled Policy and Licensing Procedures for the Auction of Spectrum Licences in the 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Bands. The purpose of this licensing process is to facilitate the growth of Wireless Communication Services (WCS) in the 2300 MHz band and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in the 3500 MHz band in both rural and urban areas, and to facilitate the implementation of new and innovative services. This Notice and the above-noted paper initiate the licensing process for this additional spectrum by calling for completed application forms and financial deposits.

On August 3, 2001, Industry Canada issued Gazette Notice No. DGRB-006-01, entitled Consultation on the Auction of Spectrum Licences for Wireless Communication Services in the 2300 MHz Band and Fixed Wireless Access in the 3500 MHz Band - Proposed Policy, Licensing Procedures and Technical Considerations. That Notice sought comments on policy issues as well as the process to issue licences for exclusive access to spectrum bands in service areas across Canada. In response to the Notice, comments were received from 23 interested parties.

Further to this notice, on February 22, 2003, Industry Canada issued Gazette Notice No. DGTP-002-03, entitled Restructuring the Spectrum in the Band 3400 - 3650 MHz to More Effectively Accommodate Fixed and Radiolocation Services. This notice announced a rearrangement of the spectrum in the band 3400 - 3650 MHz to better accommodate Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) systems and radiolocation operations. On April 11, 2003, the Department released a subsequent Gazette, DGTP-006-03, entitled the Expansion of Spectrum for Fixed Wireless Access in the 3500 MHz Range which expanded the spectrum available for FWA.

Obtaining Copies

Copies of the document are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Official printed copies of this Notice can be obtained from the Canada Gazette Web site at: www.gazette.gc.ca/index-eng.html.

September 12, 2003

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunication and Broadcasting
Regulatory Branch

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